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FAITH & FAMILYFormer pastor passes onReverand Bruce Allen Fehl, who served as pastor of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Largo for 30 years, died Dec. 26 at age 81. Fehl also served on the ethics board of Largo Medical Center and helped establish Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, which later became Suncoast Hospice. ... Page 12A. Republican candidates face offThree hit the campaign trail in anticipation of Jan. 14 special primary By SUZETTE PORTERRepublicans Mark Bircher, David Jolly and Kathleen Peters spent the holidays on the campaign trail, trying to convince fellow Republicans that they are the best candidates to run in the March election for the District 13 Congressional seat. The winner of the Jan. 14, 2014 special primary election will face Democrat candidate Alex Sink and Libertarian Party of Florida candidate Lucas Overby in the March 11, 2014 special general election. Write-in candidate Michael S. Levinson also qualified for that election. His name will not appear on the ballot, but a space will be provided for voters to write-in the candidates name. The special election became necessary when longtime Congressman C.W. Bill Young died Oct. 18 after serving as District 13s Representative in Congress for 42 years. District 13 encompasses the majority of Pinellas County with the exception of a few precincts in northern and southern areas. According to the Supervisor of Elections Office, the cost estimate for the special election is just over $1 million $458,668 for the Republican primary and $604,021 for the general election. The cost would have been higher had a Democratic primary been necessary, but Democrat Alex Sink is unopposed. Floridas primary elections are closed, meaning only those registered as a member of the political party having an election can participate. In the case of the Jan. 14 election, only registered Republicans can vote. The deadline to change party affiliations was Dec. 16.About the candidatesTampa Bay Newspapers sent the three candidates a questionnaire to complete. The candidates provided the following information, presented in alphabetical order. Mark Bircher, 60, of Seminole, has lived in Pinellas County for 12 years. He is married to Jackie Spoto Bircher. They have a 10-year-old son. Bircher is a commercial airline pilot. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of law in 2008 and a Bachelors of Science from the United States Naval Academy in 1976. He is a member of the Naval Academy An Elks choirThe Largo Elks, Lodge No. 2159 choir sang for the children and staff at the Magical Christmas Banquet held at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch in Safety Harbor Dec 22. Also, the city of Largo will open all three of its recreation centers for a free open house Jan. 11, 1 to 5 p.m. ... Page 3A.LARGO HEALTH & FITNESSLargo recreationThe city of Largo will offer several youth athletic programs starting this month as well as the second annual Play! Dirty Adventure Run. Also, sign up for a free program designed to help improve balance. ... Page 11A.One womans journeyFor Rebecca, Becca Eubanks Heishmans journey has ended where it started, but not without a couple of interesting stops along the way. She was one of the original Hooters girls, and before that, a Playboy Bunny in the short-lived Playboy Club in downtown St. Petersburg. She remembers it all well. ... Page 8A.Morroni to host appreciation lunch Local emergency personnel invited to annual event ... Page 6A. Also, check out the other many performers coming to Tampa Bay this month ... 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Exp. 2/15/14SWEET PEDICURE $3 OFF AUTO ACCIDENT INJURY?Diagnosis Treatment Rehab Attorne y and Specialist ReferralsGreg Hollstrom II, DC, Brian Rebori, DC 11444 Seminole Blvd., Largo 727-393-6100 drgreghollstrom.com010214 Mark Bircher David Jolly Kathleen PetersAlumni Association, Blue Angels Association and the Florida Bar. David Jolly, 41, has resided at his residence in Indian Rocks Beach since 2005. He is divorced. He is vice president at Clearwater-based Boston Finance Group, CEO at Olympus Foundation Management and owner of Three Bridges Advisors, Three Bridges Law and 1924 Communications. His education includes a Juris Doctor Cum Laude from George Mason University of Law, Arlington, Va., in 2001; Bachelors of Arts in History, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., in 1994; and Pasco High School, Dade City, 1990. Jolly is currently on the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance Board of Advisors, Stetson Law School Elder Law Board of Advisors, Support Jessies Law Board of Advisors, town of Indian Shores Board of Adjustment and Florida Federal Contractors Association Board of Directors. Kathleen Peters, 52, of South Pasadena has lived in Pinellas County for 28 years. She is married to Mike Peters. See CANDIDATES, page 4AThe family support they needNew state legislation allows Pinellas Countys teenagers to stay in foster care longer By JULIANA A. TORRESLARGO Up until this week, youth aging out of the Florida foster care system faced a rude awakening on their 18th birthday. On the very day of becoming legally recognized adults, teenagers would have to leave their placement with a foster family or group home. Independent living counselors would help them set up a budget, outline their bills and help them move into an independent life. Many make the transition in the middle of their senior year of high school. At age 18, it didnt matter if they were ready or mature enough to handle the responsibilities of being an adult. They didnt have a choice; aging out of foster care, while filled with resources to help, was a point of no return. That is, until recently. As of Jan. 1, new state legislation allows youth to remain in foster care until age 21, if they choose. Any young adults who aged out in the last few years can return and receive the additional support they may desperately need. Floridas Independent Living bill, signed into law in June, is a necessary improvement to the foster care system, said Shalondra Young, independent living program manager for Eckerd Community Alternatives. It creates a smoother transition out of foster care. It also allows for those young adults who are still in high school to continue their high school education without having to be out on their own and manage bills and pay rent and all those other things that come along with becoming an adult, she said. Eckerd Community Alternatives the lead agency for child welfare services in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties has been preparing for the implementation of the new bill. Young has been the local lead in that process, ensuring that the local foster care system is prepared to make the transition. Eckerd has contracted with the Clearwater-based nonprofit Camelot Community Care to provide the additional services to youth ages 18 to 21. Locally, we did that in an effort to not increase our current case load, but to allow those that have history and have working with this population to continue to work with them, just in a different aspect, Young explained. Shes also been working to educate Eckerds A lot of these kids, they cant wait to leave foster care, because they dont want people to tell them what to do Its usually around 19 or 20 that they realize, God, I need help. Shadai Simmons, Ready for Life youth specialistPhoto by JULIANA A. TORRESLaurallyn Segur, left, director of licensing and recruitment for Eckerd Community Alternatives, hugs Shadai Simmons, a former foster youth working as an advocate and resource for teenagers in situations like she used to be, at Eckerds offices in Largo. New legislation means that teens wont be forced out of foster care at 18, but instead have the option of continual support until they are 21. County to consider Animal Services needs in new year Clearwater aquarium beats out Disney as Best Attraction By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER For months, animal rights activists have attended Pinellas County Commission meetings to speak during the public comment segment. It all started after a Sept. 10 work session on two topics: trap, neuter, vaccinate and return for the countys feral cat population and mandatory spay and neuter for all dogs and cats in Pinellas County. The commission agreed to look at a volunteer-run program for TNVR but concluded that the current voluntary spay and neuter program was sufficient. However, a small but passionate and persistent group continues to advocate mandatory spay and neuter, which they say is necessary to control the number of unwanted and uncared for animals in Pinellas County. Thus far, the commission has continued to maintain its stance in favor of continuing a voluntary spay/neuter program. A group of volunteers has been working on a plan for trap, neuter and release since September. Meow Now is expected to make a presentation to the commission in a work session perhaps as early as February. Commissioners approved advertising during the Dec. 10 meeting for a Jan. 28 public hearing on changes to the Animal Services Ordinance. The changes dont cover mandatory birth control, except for animals impounded for a second time, and it likely wont cover trap, neuter and release, although commissioners asked staff to try to get CLEARWATER The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has been named the winner of the Best Florida Attraction contest by 10Best.com and promoted by USA Today. It was one of 20 attractions from across Florida competing for a top 10 spot. CMA grabbed the lead and never relinquished it from the first day of voting, according to a CMA press release. Other attractions included The Ringling Museum, Dolphin Cove, The Magic Kingdom, and Miamis South Beach. The list included locations that have been drawing vacationers to the Sunshine State for many years. The success of the movie, Dolphin Tale, which was released in September 2011, catapulted CMA to being a major player as an attraction worldwide, the release said. Even as it wins this award, filming is underway for the sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, which will wrap up in January. Clearwater has accumulated Photo courtesy of CMAWinter and her movie Dolphin Tale helped the Clearwater Marine Aquarium claim the Best Florida Attraction recently. See FOSTER CARE, page 4Anumerous other number-one spots in 2013 alone. It also won Best Beach Town in Florida, and Best Place to Watch a Sunset. The mission of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium has become known throughout the world as the story of Winter inspires all of us, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos said. This recognition of the CMA as the the best attraction in Florida, gives vacationers another reason to come to Clearwater, already named the best beach town in Florida and the best place to watch a sunset. Truly, 2013 has been a banner year for sparkling Clearwater. 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Must bring this ad.12712 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo, FL 33774727-596-9156100313Matt Facarazzo, D.V.M.with this ad NEW LOCATION CorrectionIn the story Contest winners take a ride high above Largo, which ran in the Dec. 26 edition of the Largo Leader, Largos recycling coordinator was incorrectly identified. She is Marissa Segundo. City calendar City calendar Photo by CHAD HERMANThe Largo Elks, Lodge No. 2159 choir sang for the children and staff at the Magical Christmas Banquet held at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch in Safety Harbor Dec 22. Maria Johannesen organized the banquet, bringing together many volunteers. Pictured are Elks members, from left, Lee Schlafley, Sharon Schlafley, Joe Fisher, Lu Easter, Evelyn Catuccio and Ron Regan. Wes Schaefer, right, sang and accompanied the choir with his keyboard.An Elks choir Largo Central ParkThe Largo Central Park is at 101 Central Park Drive. Within the park are the Largo Public Library, at 120 Central Park Drive and Largo Cultural Center, 105 Ce ntral Park Drive. For information about events, call 587-6740, ext. 5014 or visit LargoEvents.com.Ride the train this weekendLARGO Ride miniature trains around Largo Central Park on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 4-5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides are free, though donations are accepted. The train opens during the first full weekend of each month. For more information, visit the Train Weekend link at www.LargoEvents.com.Create at the librarys crafting event LARGO Attend a free evening of crafting while taking inspiration from non-fiction books with Crafter Dark at the Largo Public Library on second Wednesdays, 6 p.m., in the Jenkins wing of the library. Use a variety of materials to create a fun and unique project during this adult program. Families are welcome. The winter crafts will be inspired by the 1970s macram trend, with a macram rhinestone bracelet Jan. 8. No registration is required. All materials will be provided. Call 587-6715.Geological Society hosts showLARGO The Pinellas Geological Society Inc., a nonprofit gem and mineral hobby club, will hold its 38th annual Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show and Sale Jan. 10-12 at the Largo Cultural Center, Parkside Room. Times for the show are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free to the event. Members of the Geological Society and others will show their cut gems, silver and gold jewelry, wire wrap, beading, cabochons and collections of rocks and minerals for their viewing pleasure and purchase at the show. Attendees can participate in a drawing for $1.50. For more information about the show or joining the club, call Leona at 894-2440.Touch-a-Truck returns to LargoLARGO Bring the whole family out to climb, honk and play around in every vehicle you can imagine at Largos 19th annual Touch-aTruck Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The free event will include fire trucks, dump trucks, motorcycles, buses, a Bayflight helicopter and more. Kids of all ages can enjoy inflatables, train rides along Largo Central Railroad, Rocketship Car rides around the block and a delicious food court in the middle of the park. All ages are welcome. Limited on-site parking is available, and park and walk will be offered from Largo Middle and High School. Wristbands, on sale for $5, will be required for some activities including inflatables and Rocketship Car ride. In conjunction with the event, the city will host its second annual outdoor community wide business expo. Learn about services, products and programs that local businesses and the city of Largo can offer. For more information, call 587-6740, ext. 5014.Library Friends host saleLARGO The Friends of Largo Public Library will host a semi-annual sale featuring a wide variety of donations and library discards at low prices the weekend of Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, at the library. A preview sale for members of the Friends will be open Thursday, Jan. 30, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Join the Friends to get access to get first pick at the great bargains. The public sale will be Friday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit www.largopubliclibrary.org.Largo Community CenterThe Largo Community Center is at 400 Alt. Keene Road. Visit Largo CommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131.Sing around the campfireLARGO Imperial Palms will sponsor a campfire sing-along Jan. 10, 7 p.m., at the Largo Community Center. Come sit around the campfire as we make smores and listen to great music. Bring chairs, blankets and enthusiasm. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $3.Country, BBQ and Beer FestLARGO Join the city of Largo for a fun-filled afternoon filled with country music, barbeque food and beer Jan. 11, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Largo Community Center.Fair offers volunteer opportunitiesLARGO Find your perfect volunteer opportunity during the Health, Wellness and Volunteer Recruitment Fair Jan. 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Largo Community Center. More than 20 different organizations will be looking for volunteers during this free event. Organizations are geared toward health and wellness showcasing their products.Ballroom dancing starts on ThursdaysLARGO Enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m., at the Largo Community Center. Carol Baker will lead a lesson from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by open dancing. The cost is $8.More weekly events Bridge games: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 to 4 p.m. All players are welcome to join the American Contract Bridge Leaguesanctioned games. The cost is $4 with membership or $5 without, with snacks included. Call Joan Waff at 895-9073. 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. Bay Area Singles and Couples Dance : Sundays, 6 to 10 p.m. Dress to impress, and join about 150 singles and friends of all ages to dance to an extensive music library to fit every taste. Cost is $8.Highland Recreation ComplexHighland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Visit High landRecreation.com or call 518-3016.Build with Bricks 4 Kids workshopLARGO Kids ages 5-13 are invited to build machines, buildings, vehicles and other structures out of Lego Bricks, using one-of-a-kind model plans designed by Bricks 4 Kidz during the Bricks 4 Kidz Workshop Jan. 25, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Highland Recreation Complex. This parent-and-me workshop will focus on air, land and space. Each workshop begins with an instructor led discussion related to the model of the day, while introducing science, technology, engineering and math. After the model is built, everyone enjoys a period of free-play. The cost is $15 per child. Preregistration is required.Scrapbook all weekend at HighlandLARGO Join a weekend of scrapbooking fun at Crop Till You Drop, starting Friday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m. until Sunday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m., at the Highland Recreation Complex. Registration includes six meals, snacks and drinks throughout the weekend. The cost for the whole weekend is $85 before Jan. 17 or $100 thereafter. Saturday only is $55 before Jan. 17 or $65 thereafter. The event will be closed from midnight to 8 a.m. each night.Southwest Recreation ComplexSouthwest Recreation Complex is at 13120 Vonn Road. Call 5183125 or visit PlayLargo.com.Southwest hosts garage saleLARGO The Southwest Community Garage Sale will be Jan. 18, 8 a.m. to noon, at Southwest Recreation Complex. Browse the variety of items at more than 60 tables sold out for this indoor garage sale. Admission is free. LARGO The city of Largo will open all three of its recreation centers for a free open house Jan. 11, 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy free hot dogs, activities, inflatables and instructor demonstrations. This event is for all ages. Sign up for a recreation membership and be entered in the drawing for a 32-inch flat screen television. Annual memberships are as low as $10 and are good at all three centers. Call Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, at 518-3125. Call Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., at 518-3016. Call Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, at 518-3131.
4A Largo Leader, January 2, 2014They have four children, Adam, 19; Michael, 23; Steven, 27; and Chris, 30. Peters has served District 69 in the State House of Representatives since 2012. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from Eckerd College. Peters serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida League of Mayors, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and Pinellas County EMS Advisory Board.Why are you running?Bircher answered, I have a 10-year-old son who I believe cannot reasonably expect to have the opportunity that I had because of the relationship between the States and the Federal Government that has evolved over the last forty years. His choices in life will be restricted by an expansive federal government that is burdening his generation with excessive debt and regulation while restricting personal liberty. Jolly answered The loss of our dear Congressman Young leaves an immeasurable void in the Congress of the United States, but also in our Pinellas County communities. This is what this race is about to me. Ive worked on behalf of our community and this Congressional District for 20 years alongside our late Congressman, as he consistently found ways to grow high-tech and defense manufacturing jobs here at home, invest in transportation and infrastructure improvements that affect our quality of life, expand higher education opportunities, protect and nourish our beaches, and support our men and women in uniform. I got into this race because I humbly believe I have the qualifications to step in on day one and be effective for the people of Pinellas County in Congress. I also believe I can bring together Republicans, Independents and Democrats to work together. Peters answered During a time when so many hardworking families in Pinellas County are struggling to make ends meet we need a leader that understands the real challenges facing this community. For the last 28 years I have made Pinellas County my home. From starting a small business to raising four boys and serving as your State Representative I have dedicated my life to serving this community. Thats why I decided to run. I am the only candidate that has the experience and the background to get things done locally and in Washington like Congressman Young did for so many years. As a Member of Congress, I will fight every day to create an environment for good-paying jobs right here in Pinellas County and stop this partisan gridlock.What do you hope to accomplish?Bircher answered,I have three primary goals to rein in the federal debt and deficit; repeal the Affordable Care Act; and restore individual liberty and freedom. Jolly answered, My top three priorities are creating jobs and growing our economy, repealing Obamacare and replacing with a marketbased solution, and replacing the National Flood Insurance Program with a new Natural Disaster Insurance Program. Peters answered As a mother and protector of future generations I will fight to get Washingtons spending under control and take steps to balance our nations budget. Here in the State of Florida, we are required to do it yearly and there is no reason why there is not a constitutional requirement that Washington do the same. I also hope to be part of the solution to replacing Obamacare. I am tired of hearing story after story about how ObamaCare is hurting the people of Pinellas County, so I intend to do something about it, not just talk about it.What makes you more qualified than your opponents?Bircher answered, My 33 years in federal service in the United States military, combined with 25 years in private industry for a major corporation. My leadership positions have provided me with invaluable experience and perspective in seeking to represent the citizens of District 13. I have had to make hard decisions on budget priorities and manpower, and I have had to be accountable for results. In the Marine Corps I learned how to lead both small and large organizations. Jolly answered Pinellas County and our nation deserve a leader who will work to create jobs and grow our local economy, lower taxes, cut wasteful spending, secure Americas borders, lower the national debt, replace Obamacare with free-market health care policy and respect our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I humbly believe I have the qualifications to step in on day one and be effective for the people of Pinellas County in Congress. I also believe I can bring together Republicans, Independents and Democrats to work together. Peters answered Its not a question of qualifications as much as it is a question of character and leadership. And it is a choice. Do the people of Pinellas County want politicians and lobbyists who serve interests outside of Pinellas County? Or do the people of this great community want someone who has lived, worked and raised a family in Pinellas County? Do the people want a mother and grandmother who has stood strong with the people of Pinellas County or a special interest lobbyist that has put Washington before this community? Im certainly not perfect, but the people of this community know me and they know that I will roll up my sleeves for them every day and go to work for their families just like Congressman Young did for so many years.What are the most pressing issues in Washington that affect Pinellas County?Bircher answered, The negative effects of Federal government taxation, crushing debt and deficit creation and burdensome overregulation upon economic growth and job creation in Pinellas County are the most pressing issues. I believe the people of Pinellas County are better situated to decide how and where we spend our money than the decrees of a distant, unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy in Washington. Jolly answered, This goes back to what I hope to accomplish. We need to create jobs and grow our local economy, repeal Obamacare and replace it with a market-based solution, and replace the National Flood Insurance Program with a new Disaster Insurance Program. Additionally, I believe the Administration and Congress must balance the budget. Peters answered, Flood insurance, Obamacare, spending, debt and jobs.What do you plan to do about these issues?Bircher answered I plan on reestablishing the notion that the States created the federal government for the sole purpose to serve the interests of the States. I plan to start with the U.S. Constitution as the guiding principle for establishing the relationship between the States and the purpose of the federal government. Specifically: 1) What purposes and functions do We the People actually want our public servants in Washington to do for us, their employers? 2) Grasp the fiscal reality that the federal government has no money to give the States except what the federal government first takes from the States in taxes or debt creation. 3) Return to direct political accountability for spending constituents money by a balanced budget amendment or repeal of the 16th Amendment. Currently, Republicans and Democrats are offering to the American people the choice of, big government or bigger government, which is really no choice at all. I think we Republicans can do better. Jolly answered, I started and ran the Florida Federal Contractors Association to sustain and grow Pinellas defense, high-technology and manufacturing industry. We must protect these jobs by electing a Member of Congress that understands the important contribution these companies make to job growth and our local economy. Repeal Obamacare and replace it with a market-based solution that solution should be able to address pre-existing conditions, protect policy owners from cancellation and allow children to remain on their parents policies until a later age just as the ACA does. I support replacing the National Flood Insurance Program with a new Natural Disaster Insurance Program. You can read more about it online at twitdoc.com/upload/bascomllc/jollynfip-release.pdf. The Administration and Congress should balance the budget. Merely reducing the amount of the annual deficit does not constitute capturing additional revenue. An actual surplus would create an opportunity to consider additional investment in services with a reduction of the tax burden imposed on individuals and businesses. Peters answered The Biggert-Waters Act is another example of a broken Washington system passing legislation without thinking it through. As a community leader, Ive been pushing this issue to the forefront. As a Congresswoman, I will not allow Washington to ignore this any longer. As a member of congress I will never stop fighting until ObamaCare is replaced with free-market based solutions that expand access without destroying our economy, putting the federal government between you and your doctor, and lowering the quality of our care. As a state legislator, Ive already worked to lay the groundwork for Pinellas County to thrive in the technology field with higher salary jobs. As a member of Congress, I will work to lower tax rates, encourage hiring among small business, support legislation that reduces government regulations on job-creators here in Florida and keep Florida on the road to recovery.Primary electionVoting has already begun. As of Dec. 20, 13,804 17.6 percent of the 78,292 mail ballots distributed by the Elections Office had been returned. Mail ballots must be returned to an Elections office by 7 p.m. Election Day. Mail ballots will not be accepted at the polls. Registered voters can request a mail ballot by calling 464-VOTE (8683) or online at votepinellas.com. The deadline to register to take part in the Jan. 14 primary was Dec. 16. Early voting begins Jan. 4 and continues through Jan. 12. Voters can cast their ballot at any of the three Elections offices from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Early voting locations are: Election Service Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo (Starkey Lakes Corporate Center) Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater (first floor, north side) County Building, 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg (entrance on Fifth Street) Wait times for early voting at the three locations will be available at www.votepinellas.com. Color codes represent the wait times with green for times of less than 20 minutes. Yellow signifies times of 20 to 40 minutes and red is for wait times of more than 40 minutes. The polls will be open on Election Day, Jan. 14, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. partners and anyone in the community who works with former foster youth and can inform them of their new rights. The new legislation provides a safety net for young adults, even if they dont immediately recognize the need for it. A lot of these kids, they cant wait to leave foster care, because they dont want people to tell them what to do, explained Shadai Simmons, a youth specialist with Ready for Life and a former foster teenager. Its usually around 19 or 20 that they realize, God, I need help. Simmons, 22, and the other Ready for Life board members prepared a skit to help explain how quickly a teenagers independent life can fall apart without the support of a family. During a seminar Oct. 18 designed to help community partners understand the new bill, the young adults acted out how so-called friends and a lack of elderly guidance quickly left a newly aged-out foster teen homeless. Even at 18, there are lessons teenagers havent learned yet, especially if their families were less than supportive. Simmons was already a crack cocaine addict when her mom disappeared, leaving her to the foster care system at age 17. Within a year, she found stability, acceptance and love at a group home. It was a blessing for me, she said. I was running from everything that I was already dealing with in life. I didnt want to run no more. After living on the streets basically on her own, Simmons was beginning to feel like a kid again. There was much she didnt know about responsibility and stability when she aged out of foster care at 18. I didnt know how to set up my first bank account; my case worker had to help me do that, she said. I didnt know how to apply for food stamps. I was devastated to find out that I had to pay a first deposit on my apartment. And it was more than practical support that young Simmons wanted. When I got my GED, it was really big, but no one else felt that way, because I didnt have anyone to support me and say congratulations and pat me on the back, she said. After working two years to earn her GED, Simmons didnt know that she could walk in a graduation ceremony to celebrate the feat. She had no one to cheer for her anyway. When I got it, it was just like, Yay. I celebrated by myself, she said. Simmons now works for Ready for Life, the nonprofit organization that came alongside her with resources and support to start her new life. Partnered with Eckerd, Ready for Life and Camelot Community Care offer independent living services and counselors for foster youth who have aged out. But thats not the same as a family, who can provide young adults 24-7 structure and support, said Laurallyn Segur, Eckerds director of licensing and recruitment. They need to have the hug of mom and the love of a father or the support of a family behind them, she said. They deserve to have family. Thats what they want. Eckerd Community Alternatives is always looking for new foster parents, but especially hope to recruit families with a heart for teenagers and young adults, given the new legislation. Older foster youth dont need constant supervision, but rather a mentor, a place to call home when theyre on holiday or summer break from college and a place to do laundry on the weekends. Normal things that normal teenagers want, Segur said. Eckerds goal is to place children under their care in the least disruptive and least restrictive environment. More foster parents mean that children who come into foster care at age 16 or 17 will more likely be placed with a foster parent, which usually is more ideal than a residential group care setting, Young said. That foster parent can help them transition out, whether its at 18, 19 or 20 (and) can be a long-term connection that we want to build with our young adults, she said. The ongoing family relationship is a big reason why Florida Youth Shine, made up of current and former foster youth, pushed legislators for the Independent Living bill. The statewide group was one of the motivating factors behind the legislation being passed, Young said. Local Florida Youth Shine chapters meet on a monthly basis to discuss the best ways to advocate for the rights of youth in currently in foster care and those who have aged out. They do that through telling their stories, Young said. They make sure theres a community-wide knowledge of our foster care system: some of the trials and some of the triumphs that our youth have been through and that they have overcome. Simmons, recently a member of Florida Youth Shine, is an example of the voice the organization provides. Along with her work helping foster teenagers find the support they need through Ready for Life, Simmons helps represent foster children to the staff at Eckerd, Segur explained. I feel like I give back, because I can speak for those youth that arent presently there, who cant speak for themselves, Simmons said. Were pretty much their voice. She agrees that the new legislation is important, even if it just allows 18-year-olds to stay in their current homes until theyre ready to get out on their own. And she wants foster youth who will age out to have the parental figure she wasnt able to rely on. I think its very important to be able to even to call up old foster parents, and say, I need help, she said. To learn how to become a foster parent, call the Eckerd Community Alternatives recruitment line at 866-233-0790. an update on the groups progress ready by Jan. 28. The scheduled topics include change of the countys rules for dangerous animals to bring Pinellas in line with state law. Another change would provide clarification of definitions for animal cruelty and neglect. The commission also will consider changing the hold time for strays and adding mandatory sterilization at the owners expense for any animal impounded a second time in a 24-month period. Currently, the countys rules on dangerous animals are more restrictive than state law. The courts have ruled that county law cannot be more restrictive than state law. Commissioners will consider adding a definition for shelter and penalties for those who do not provide adequate food, water, shelter, veterinary services and humane treatment for their animals. Animal Services staff has suggested changing reclaim hold times, the time an owner can claim their animal after it has been brought to the shelter, to consider the wellbeing of the animal. Staff said the longer an animal is held at the shelter; the more likely it is to get sick. They say it is important to move animals through the shelter process as fast as possible, so if they are not reclaimed, they can be adopted. If commissioners approve the changes Jan. 28, hold times for animals with a license or other means of owner identification will be held for at least seven days with day one being the day of impoundment. Dogs 16 weeks of age without identification will be held four days. Individual puppies under 16 weeks of age will be held two days. Litters of puppies under 16 weeks will be held one day. Impounded cats over 16 weeks of age without identification will be held three days. Impounded kittens under age 16 weeks will be held for one day. According to information posted at www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices, current hold time is seven days for animals with identification and four days without an ID. There is no provision for animals younger than 16 weeks. Animals left at the shelter longer than the hold times will be moved to the adoption area if they are healthy and have a good temperament. Animals may be sent to another shelter. According to the website, animals are not euthanized unless they are unadoptable due to behavioral or medical issues. All dogs and cats at Pinellas County Animal Services are sterilized before adoption unless a veterinarian determines it would endanger the animals health. While mandatory sterilization is not on the agenda for the entire countys animals, those who are found running loose and taken to the shelter twice within 24 months will have to be sterilized at their owners expense before the owner can claim them. Staff initially proposed that mandatory sterilization be required for any animal brought to the shelter before its owner could claim it. However, during the September work session, the public gave examples of cases where an animal could escape its home without it necessarily being the owners fault. The county attorney agreed that two times would allow animal owners to be warned about the consequences if their animals was found running loose a second time. The commission holds its public hearings beginning at 6 p.m. during the second regular meeting of the month. Meetings are in the fifth floor Assembly Room of the County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Clearwater. CMA is a nonprofit organization with the mission, to preserve marine life and the environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation and release. It houses dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, nurse sharks and other animals. Its primary goal is to rehabilitate animals and release them back into the wild, but it takes on resident animals, such as Winter, the famous dolphin who lost its tail in a crab trap, who cannot survive in the wild any longer. The aquarium saw an enormous influx of visitors after the movies huge success. Even the facilitys expansion was not enough to accommodate all the visitors it continues to see, reaching 750,000 last year. Therefore, in November voters approved building a $160.5 million new aquarium with a 60-year lease on the current Clearwater City Hall site. The current facility, which is a converted sewage treatment plant, will still be used as a rescue and rehabilitation hospital. ANIMAL SERVICES, from page 1A ATTRACTION, from page 1A Foster parent candidates must: Be at least 21 years old Have appropriate housing Be able to pass a background screening Complete a home study and 36 hours of special training Have adequate space and be able to provide for their own existing family Although foster parents will receive financial assistance to help care for the child, they cannot rely on this to pay their own bills. Foster parents can be single or married, have a family or be an empty-nester. Call 866-233-0790. Screenshots by SUZETTE PORTERLeft, Bruce Moeller, director of Safety and Emergency Services, updates Pinellas County Commissioners Dec. 10 on status of work toward changes with Animal Services. Right, animal activist Andrea Wells talks to commissioners about the necessity of a mandatory spay and neuter program. FOSTER CARE, from page 1A CANDIDATES, from page 1AMeet the new recycling truckLARGO Meet Largos new mixed recycling truck Saturday, Jan. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Walmart, 1111 Missouri Ave. N. Find out about the new mixed recycling program coming in February and get recycled goodies. Call 587-6740, ext. 7424.Largo Lions set January meetingsLARGO The Largo Lions Club will begin meeting in a new location in the new year. The club will meet Wednesdays, Jan. 8 and 22, 6:30 p.m., at BeefOBradys, 13847 Walsingham Road. The club usually meets on first and third Wednesdays, but had to change its January meeting times due to New Years Day. For information, visit www.largolionsclub.org.Ulmer Park festival heldLARGO The Ulmer Park Market and Community Festival will be held second Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 301 W. Bay Drive The community festival, organized by the Downtown Largo Merchants Association, will feature live music, food trucks, gourmet coffee, arts and crafts, games, face painting and raffle prizes. Join the community and support local businesses. Vendor booths are available as well as sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Youth Fire Explorers in honor of Fire Safety Month. For information, call Tanya Pistillo at 465-8558.Toastmasters invite new membersLARG0 Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo. The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas. A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. 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Young, 82, of Indian Shores, the nations longest serving Republican member of the U.S. Congress died Oct. 18, 2013. Young served more than 50 years in public office 10 in the Florida State Senate and 42 in the United States Congress. Speaker of the U.S. House John Boehner told Youngs family, Your loss is our loss, adding that Young loved God, his family, his country and the House Appropriations Committee in that order. He said even though they knew they shouldnt have, fellow House members had griped when Young announced he would not run for re-election. Bill Young wasnt just a leading man in the House, he was the House, he said, as he took a moment to dry his eyes and regain his composure. Young died from complications related to a chronic injury, according to a statement from his family. He was buried in Bay Pines Cemetery in a private service. Three Republican candidates qualified to run in the Jan. 14 special primary election to fill the position left vacant when Young died. Candidates include Mark Bircher of Seminole, David Jolly of Indian Rocks Beach and state Rep. Kathleen Peters of South Pasadena. Alex Sink, who lists her address as a P.O. Box in Clearwater, is the sole candidate for the Democrats. Lucas Overby of Clearwater, who represents the Libertarian Party of Florida, also qualified by paying a fee. Michael S. Levinson of St. Petersburg qualified as a write-in candidate.Flood insurance rates increase dramaticallyResidents, government officials and community leaders spoke out in numerous meetings in opposition to skyrocketing rate increases for consumers in the national flood insurance program. The rate increases stem from the implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act of 2012. Returning residents who own a second home in Pinellas are probably already aware of the rate changes, as premiums increased Jan. 1 on non-primary residences. A second round of increases on Oct. 1 affected a larger group of people, despite a concerted effort to get Congress to enact a delay. Pinellas County has more subsidized NFIP policies than any other county in the United States. Many property owners are worried they wont be able to pay their mortgage due to increased insurance premiums. Real estate buys in areas where flood insurance is required is at a standstill, as new owners are unable or unwilling to pay the increased rates. The real estate market is reeling with reports of canceled contracts coming in from all over the county. Property Appraiser Pam Dubov has said property values could decline. Congress passed BW-12 in an attempt to reduce the debt of the NFIP after claims outpaced revenue following Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, Tropical Storm Debby and super-storm Sandy. BW-12 affects all the major components of the FEMA administered program, including insurance rates, flood maps, grant programs and flood plain management plans. Efforts continue among county and state officials and in Congress to delay increases.Dunedin sinkhole takes two homesDUNEDIN A sinkhole that caused the loss of two homes in a subdivision off Pinehurst Road continued to expand Nov. 14, but nobody was hurt. The sinkhole, which was estimated at 96 feet wide and 56 feet deep, formed off Robmar Road, leading to the evacuation of seven homes, four on Robmar Road and three on Mary Jane Lane. The two homes at 1100 Robmar and 1112 Robmar Road have been removed from the properties and the sinkhole has been filled by the city of Dunedin. Neighboring residents that were evacuated were allowed back into their homes as of Nov. 25 at noon. The sinkhole appears to be stable with no further cracks reported. About 5,000 cubic yards of dirt were used to fill the hole. About 111 tons (460 cubic yards) of structural debris and contents were trucked from the site and disposed of at Angelos Aggregate.A banner year for tourismPinellas County bed tax collections topped $31 million during fiscal year 2013 the highest in the countys history. The Pinellas County Tax Collectors Office reported Nov. 5 that over a three-year period, 2011 to 2013, bed tax collections have increased, 7.7 percent in 2011, 12.3 percent in 2012 and another 8 percent in 2013. According to D.T. Minich, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater executive director, reaching the $30 million level is a significant milestone. Collecting $30,000 in bed tax allows Pinellas to meet the states criteria of a high impact tourism county. Local officials could add an additional penny to its bed tax, an increase from 5 cents to 6 cents. Bed tax collections pay for tourism marketing, beach restoration, bonds on area sport stadiums and other tourism-related initiatives under the direction of the countys Convention and Visitors Bureau. Fifty-three percent of the tax goes to marketing and operations, 20 percent to debt service, 16 percent to reserves, 9 percent to beach nourishment and 2 percent pays for the Tax Collectors services. Minich attributes marketing efforts by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, the countys destination marketing organization, for the record year. This is a result of aggressive marketing and very targeted messaging, Minich said. A lot has changed during the past several years, including our marketing approach. Were not relying on print as much, which gives us the ability to better target online within our feeder markets.Biltmore likely to be demolishedBELLEAIR The fate of the historic Belleview Biltmore Hotel is all but sealed. It appears the only thing that could save it from demolition is what Mayor Gary Katica described at a recent Commission meeting; a guardian angel who comes from above with $150 million. Ed Armstrong, the Clearwater attorney who represents Daniel Ades, one of the brothers who own the hotel, said in November they are ready to move toward demolishing the hotel and building townhouses on the site. He said the recent discussion by the Belleair Commission on creating a new zoning designation is the first step in that direction. Katica says he is like most people who hate to see the hotel go, but he said it is something that likely has to happen. I feel like I have lived with that hotel my entire life, he said. Katica said he and Maxwell will be meeting the people who live in the RPD and on Belleview Island to hear what it is they would like on the site of the hotel. He said it is important their views be heard. The Belleview Biltmore Hotel, located at 25 Belleview Blvd., was built in 1896 and opened Jan. 15, 1897. CMA continues plans for new aquariumAbout 25 percent of 67,653 registered voters answered the city of Clearwaters referendum question to allow the city to lease city hall property and adjacent city property to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. And those voters said yes by nearly 55 percent. Of the 17,183 votes cast, 9,429 said yes and 7,754 said no. The election was held Nov. 7. CMA needs a new location to accommodate an expected influx of visitors. Numbers have gone up dramatically since the release of A Dolphin Tale, in 2012. Now, a sequel is being filmed, Dolphin Tale 2, and CMA officials estimate even bigger numbers in the future. CMA plans to build a new $160 million aquarium and move its attractions, including A Dolphin Tale star, Winter, and Hope, her dolphin co-star in the sequel, to the new facility while continuing to operate its rescue and rehabilitation operations from the current facility on Island Estates. Photo by TERRE PORTERPallbearers carry Rep. C.W. Bill Youngs flag-draped coffin past his family waiting outside the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks in Largo Oct. 24 where around 1,500 people gathered to pay their respects and say goodbye. Patrick Young comforts his mother, Beverly, while Bill Young II, holding his young son, stands by.Proponents of the plan cited the cost of the project as one reason to say no, as well as the potential value of the citys waterfront property where the aquarium will be built. Others say the area isnt big enough for two aquariums and that the local attraction would have to compete with the Tampa Aquarium. Some dont believe the movie can continue to attract large numbers of visitors over the long term. CMA plans to pay the city $7.5 million for construction of a new city hall, and it will pay to demolish the current city hall and build the new aquarium. The city will retain ownership of the land and grant a 60-year lease to the CMA to operate the aquarium. The $7.5 million pay back will come from a share with the city of 50 cents for each admission to the new aquarium.Andrea brings tornado to PinellasThe 2013 Atlantic hurricane season got off to a quick start. Tropical Storm Andrea formed the evening of June 5 in the eastcentral Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall in Dixie County about 10 miles south of See TOP STORIES, page 6A
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Morroni recently announced that the proceeds of this years luncheon will be donated to Suncoast Hospice and the Florida Veterans Foundation. The luncheon began in memory of Belleair Police Officer Jeffery Tackett. The 28 year old died from a gunshot wound on June 13, 1993, when he responded to a call alone. The loss of the officer deeply affected the entire community, and those who attended the memorial services were greatly affected by the tragedy, including then-state Rep. John Morroni, who pledged to help prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again. Morroni co-sponsored the Tackett Bill with Sen. Dennis Jones in 1995. The state legislation requires two officers be on duty at all times, unless mutual aid agreements with other law enforcement agencies are in place, so that law enforcement officers do not respond to calls alone. My pride lies with the men and women who literally put their lives on the line for all of us, said Morroni. Because of this law, officers are safer because they have backup when they are doing their jobs of keeping us safe. In 1995, Morroni organized the first Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. As a Pinellas County commissioner, Morroni continues the tradition every year, expanding it to include firefighters and EMS personnel. This is the only event that recognizes the valuable contributions made by members of the law enforcement, fire and emergency medical communities, said Morroni. Its an honor to be a part of it. Public safety personnel and local elected officials will attend the event and the public is invited. Donations are $50 per ticket, which includes the luncheon and a donation to the charities. For information and to make reservations, call 791-3356. Reservations for this event must be made by Jan. 17.County: Keep the Rays in PinellasCLEARWATER Pinellas County Commissioners support the Tampa Bay Rays request to explore stadium locations outside the county. The commission favors doing whatever is best to keep major league baseball in Tampa Bay even though the preference is to keep the Rays in Pinellas. Commission Chair Ken Welch invited Rays officials to attend the Feb. 29 commission meeting. He said it was time to have an important conversation for our community and our partners, the Tampa Bay Rays. It was a long endeavor to get baseball in our community, he said, while recognizing the countys partnership with the citizens of St. Petersburg and city officials.Whale necropsy finds infectionMADEIRA BEACH Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the University of Florida and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration performed a necropsy Nov. 1 on a 32-foot sperm whale that beached itself in shallow water off Madeira Beach a day earlier. The 5-ton, female whale was euthanized Oct. 31 and later towed to a remote spot at Fort De Soto beach where the necropsy took place. The remains were buried nearby. The whale was discovered shortly after sunrise Oct. 31 along a stretch of beach at 132nd Avenue in Madeira Beach. Shortly thereafter, the sighting attracted large numbers of curious spectators, media, fire fighters and law enforcement and FWC officials. FWC officials said the whale was almost dead and severely emaciated. Its tail flipped in the air periodically before University of Florida veterinarians sedated the animal and later injected drugs to euthanize it. Scientists found signs of a severe infection that they said the whale had for months. According to an FWC officer, the beached whale was the first along the Pinellas beaches since 2009 when another was discovered slightly north of the sighting. Photo by NANCY AYERSPatchy clouds partially shroud the light from the setting sun over Belleair Beach Dec. 24, a nice visual present for visitors and residents who appreciate natural beauty that is abundant in this area.A Christmas Eve gift John Morroni TOP STORIES, from page 5ASteinhatchee about 5:40 p.m. June 6. At the time of landfall, maximum sustained winds were 65 mph. Conditions were improving around Pinellas County that Thursday afternoon. Reports of power outages and some flooding were coming in from different locations. The bulk of the damage was reported from Gulfport where a confirmed tornado touched down about 10 a.m. The city reported that the waterspout touched down on Shore Boulevard and Clinton Street and moved north on Beach Boulevard South passing the Public Library, Gulfport Senior Center and Clymer Park. City officials said trees, branches and a power line were down. There was structural damage to Yummys restaurant on Beach Boulevard. National Weather Service confirmed the tornado June 7, reporting damage from winds of 60 mph on a path 1.9 miles long and 50 yards wide. The length of time it was on ground was two minutes. Twelve homes had damage to fascia, shingles, awnings and fencing. Rain totals between 1 inch and 5 inches were reported with some of the highest totals coming from Largo.
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She loves the drive along the water from IRB to Tarpon and especially likes coming home. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful place, she said. We just love IRB; it has been a great move. This is a quaint city with so many diverse people and everyday it seems like we meet someone from a different place. Weve grown to love how pretty this place is. The fact that the Mims moved into a home in the city is something unusual in IRB. Johnson said rarely has a city manager ever lived in the city and he likes it. It is unusual in my experience and he intends to stay. Being a resident and being around town most of the time gives him an extra dimension as a city manager, he said. For Mims a good deal of satisfaction he said comes from the elected officials that he has to work with. He says hes impressed with what hes seen so far. Ive been around elected officials for 28 years and it is nice to work in a city where they all want to do the right thing, he said. Im really impressed that they come at it from the standpoint where they really want to do what is right for the city. In other places there is too much politics; here I get answers that are not political. It has been an enjoyment to work with these people. By BRIAN GOFFINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Gregg Mims has been city manager of Indian Rocks Beach for nearly six months now, and by all accounts things are going well. But his hiring nearly didnt happen; in fact giving him an interview was a last-minute decision. When the last city manager, Chuck Coward, retired early last summer the search was on for his replacement. As commissioners whittled down the short list there was some discussion whether the final candidates should all come from within Florida. Two of the dozen finalists were from out of state and the commissioners were concerned with the cost of bringing them in for an interview and whether an outsider would be able to cope with Florida laws governing municipalities. After much discussion it was decided to include Mims as the lone candidate from outside the state. And his was the last interview of a long day of interviews. Not the most enviable position to be in if you are looking for a job. He hit a home run. During his interview Commissioner Terry Hamilton-Wollin said, Ive heard enough; we dont need to say any more. After the interview they quickly decided Mims was the one, and hired him soon after that. They were impressed with Mims experience and his grasp of what has to be done to run a city. Six months later they arent disappointed. Hes done a good job in reaching out to community leaders and even in the first few weeks he established a personal relationship with the people most active in the town, said Mayor R.B. Johnson. Hes doing a very good job and hes got a good attitude. Department heads have told me that he understands the concept of IRB and hes really grasped it. Perhaps he is able to grasp the concept of Indian Rocks Beach because in his time as a city administrator hes worked in beach communities. His last position was in Fairhope, Alabama. We had an interest in Florida and we really enjoy beach communities, said Mims. People who are in the business Im in are always looking for places that is politically stable because a lot of places are not. When I was offered the job Michelle (wife) and I talked about it and we decided we could live and work here for years. It is my commitment to the city and my family. Mims, 52, has been involved in government for 28 years. Hes been a city manager for the last 15 years of that. He has a degree in community and regional planning and began his career, logically enough, as a planner. Mims said he was pleased with what he found when he began his job in Indian Rocks Beach. I think the city was very well run, he said. I talked with Chuck Coward recently and realized the city had made a lot of headway in the last few years with finances. Yet, he said, there are always things that can be improved upon and he has begun working on some of them. Operationally there are some things we can do internally with the staff to make things more business friendly, especially with our front counter, he said. If someone who wants a permit and walks in with a set of plans we should help that person get what they need and not have them chasing around after four or five people. We should be coming back to them with their permit and make sure were friendly about it. Mims also said he intends to continue to review the budget carefully. Im going to work closely with Finance Director Dan Carpenter on revenues and expenditures, make sure were spending our money as wisely as we can but make sure the services provided by the city continue to be up to standard, he said. An upcoming challenge for Mims that he takes most seriously is the pending departure of Public Services Director Dean Scharmen. Hes due to retire in July. Ill be working on a job announcement in the next week or two to get it out on the street, he said. Dean has been here for 35 years and we need somebody on board before he goes who can work with him. His will be hard shoes to fill; he has a lot of knowledge and respect and we need somebody compatible to work with him. Public Services take up a third or more of our budget so it is real important to me. While he is happy with his job, Mims said he and his wife Michelle are just as happy with the city and their quality of life. Were thrilled and we decided to lease a home while we got the lay of the land, he said. Were on the water and it is a joy every morning to pull back those sliding glass doors to watch the birds and dolphins and the occasional manatee happen by. And to have the beach just two blocks from our front door, well we couldnt be happier. Mims says the best thing about IRB is the people. Weve lived in a few places but I would put IRB up there as the most friendly place I ever worked. Everybody speaks to you and when we moved in people came from two blocks away to help us unload the truck. Six or seven people asked us to share Thanksgiving dinner with them; they were just neighbors there to help us. This is one of the most friendly places Ive ever been in my life. Michelle agrees. After moving to IRB she quickly got a job as an accounting supervisor and senior staff accountant with the city of TarGregg and Michelle Mims at the recent tree lighting ceremony in Indian Rocks Beach. Photo courtesy of CLEARWATER POLICEBurglary detectives worked with recent burglary victims on Dec. 16 to reunite them with some of their belongings that were taken from their homes. 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The places she worked in between those stints at OKeefes. She was one of the original Hooters girls, and before that, a Playboy Bunny in the short-lived Playboy Club in downtown St. Petersburg. She remembers it all well. Yes, I was a Bunny, she said. There were thousands of girls who tried out, and I kept making the cut all the time. I was the oldest and the only one who was married and I had a child. Heishman says it was fun working at the club because of the people she met. It seemed as though there were celebrities around all the time. I have a small list of people I met, she said. Burt Bacharach, Lionel Richey, Barry Manilow, Alabama, all people who played at the Bayfront Center. During the day, the Bunnies would go over and give them Bunny balloons and encourage them to come to the club at night. It was a lot of fun. What wasnt fun however, was the regimen the girls had to keep in order to keep their jobs. You were allowed to gain or lose only 5 pounds from your hiring weight, said Heishman. Wed have to weigh in every Friday. Our paycheck depended on it. If you weighed more than 5 pounds, or had lost more than 5 pounds, you were taken off the floor and you didnt get back on until your weight was back in line. As a result we didnt eat much all week long, and then on Friday, once we passed the weight test, wed roller skate after work to a nearby eating place and eat like it was the Last Supper. She says there were other rules they had to abide by as well. There was no jewelry allowed, you werent allowed to have bobby pins in your hair, you had to have your nails painted and we were inspected every time we went on the floor, she said. Still it was one of the neatest jobs I ever had. Heishman says she still has a couple of sets of Bunny ears, a tail and the cuff links from her costume. She says they werent allowed to keep the actual costume itself but she figures she could still fit into it today. The Playboy Club opened in St. Petersburg in 1980 and lasted for three years. Heishman said at the time people were saying that the club might have lasted if it had been established in Tampa instead of St. Pete. Nevertheless she and the other Bunnies had to find a job when the Club closed, and for Heishman it was Hooters. Hooters wasnt even open yet, she said. My girlfriend Jan Bradley knew somebody there so I applied and got the job. That was in October of 1983. It was quite different than Playboy; they werent real strict like Playboy was. Heishman stayed at Hooters for seven years and celebrated a milestone during her time there. I had the first Hooters baby. My youngest son, hes 26 now and is a paramedic-firefighter, she said. Heishman left Hooters in 1990 because she said she had outgrown the job. I just felt that way, it had become too corporate and it wasnt the same when that happened, she said. Despite that, one of the men who founded Hooters fondly remembers the girl he called Becky. Ed Droste is still involved in the company today and says Heishman surely was one of the first. She was on the early team that opened the original store in Clearwater, he said. She had a knack for what she did. I couldnt see her behind a desk, and it would not have been the best use of her talents, Droste said Heishman isnt the only alumnus of Hooters; in fact she is one of many. There are 300,000 alumni of Hooters, he said. She is one of them, a girl next door, vivacious, attractive and outgoing; someone who contributed to that carefree casual energy that we were looking for. Droste said Heishman was somebody he never forgot. We stop by all the time to see her, just to get a dose of her delightful energy, he said. Becca Heishman is single now, she got divorced nearly 25 years ago and hasnt remarried, and she said she knows why. I had three small children and I could never find a man who thought three little kids were OK, she said. Now I run around with my hair on fire, Im helping my daughter raise her 8-year-old son, and at my age, nobody wants my life, believe me. Now her life comes back around to OKeefes, a place Heishman, who was born at Morton Plant Hospital, says she is delighted to be working. I love it. A lot of people think Im crazy but I always love it. It is about people and in my hometown, she said. I have people who come in just to see me; I meet different people every day. I love what I do. I always have. Even when I worked in office jobs I moonlighted as a bartender, I dont know, it is my therapy. It is a therapy that seems to be working for this former Playboy Bunny and Hooters Girl. It is a therapy that seems to have given this woman a purpose and a place to call home. I love working at OKeefes. The owners, the Duquesnays, have been awesome. They take care of their people, she said. I cant imagine being anywhere else. I drive from Oldsmar, where I live but that is my choice, I love what I do. Photos courtesy of REBECCA EUBANKS HEISHMANAbove, Rebecca Eubanks Heishman, right, poses with another Hooters girl in the 1980s. Heishman was one of the first servers when the original location opened in 1983. At left, Heishman was a Playboy Bunny at the St. Petersburg club in 1980. Photo by BRIAN GOFFRebecca Eubanks Heishman poses at her job in OKeefes in Clearwater.
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The first show sold out to Ruth Eckerd Hall members prior to going on sale to the general public. The previous record was held by Sit Down with Robin Williams and David Steinberg set earlier this year with a total paid attendance of 2,185.Chamber to host candidate forumST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a primary candidate forum for Congressional District 13 Seat on Monday, Jan. 6, 8:30 a.m., at the TradeWinds Island Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd. The purpose of this event is to introduce the voters to candidates running in the primary election for the Congressional District 13 Seat. Those in attendance will be as follows: David Jolly (R) Kathleen Peters (R) To RSVP, call Doug at 360-6957 or email Doug@TampaBayBeaches.com.Capitol opens with three sold-out showsCLEARWATER Following its $10.7 million renovation, the Capitol Theatre opened recently with three sold-out shows, including a concert with five-time Grammy-winner Michael McDonald on Dec. 18. 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The No. 1 ranking is a credit to our fabulous franchisees, said Chuck Runyon in the press release. Runyon is CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness. In addition to running convenient and affordable gyms, our franchisees and their staffs provide their members with personal service that gets real results. That personal touch and high level of engagement is what differentiates Anytime Fitness from many other gyms and what has strengthened and grown our brand worldwide. Were incredibly proud to be part of the worlds No. 1 franchise system, said Maggie Loving, owner of the Anytime Fitness gym located on Highland Avenue. To celebrate, were offering a series of special membership deals. To start the new year off right, new members can join Anytime Fitness for just $14 Jan. 7 through 9, 2014. New members also can add a 21day personal training program for just $49. Existing Anytime Fitness members will receive one month free for every friend they refer who joins the club. Photo by HALINA DAVISStudents at Starkey Elementary School collected over 550 items for the children of Sallie House. Sallie House is a shelter for children who have been abandoned or removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. The items collected included books, toys, clothing and even two bicycles. This is the 20th year that Starkey Elementary has donated items to Sallie House.Toy collection
10A Viewpoints Leader, January 2, 2014Lets bring the spirit of Christmas to Congress. The last time the minimum wage went up was in 2009, and, as the owner of a Christmas tree farm and other businesses, I think its time for another raise. Todays $7.25 an hour minimum wage befits Scrooge before he saw the error of his ways. It amounts to just $15,080 a year for full-time workers. Workers shouldnt have to depend on food stamps or food banks to put Christmas dinner on their tables. In my state, Louisiana, which is not a highcost state, a single adult needed income of $19,256 to afford basic expenses such as food, housing, transportation, health care and taxes in 2012, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator. Thats $9.26 an hour at 40 hours a week year-round, which is $2 more an hour than the current minimum wage. McDonalds made waves this year by recommending a sample monthly budget to its employees many of them earning at or near minimum wage that assumed they needed a second job to make ends meet. Most McDonalds employees, like most minimum-wage workers, are adults. The budget had them working at McDonalds for $1,105 a month after taxes, and then a second job for $955 for a total of $24,720 yearly after taxes. McDonalds CEO Don Thompson, meanwhile, made $13.8 million in 2012. Thats $37,808 a day, every day of the year.Most Americans agree that if you work full time you should not be living in poverty. Todays miserly minimum wage doesnt just impoverish workers, it hurts our economy. If I dont pay my employees a decent wage, they wont have money to spend at other businesses. And if other businesses dont pay their workers a decent wage, they cant afford to buy my trees, and I cant afford to hire more employees. Thats a negative cycle, instead of a positive one. At 4 Seasons Christmas Tree Farm, our lowest paid employees earn at least $10 an hour and we provide a better product at competitive prices with big box stores. Raising the minimum wage makes good business sense. A recent national poll shows that 67 percent of small-business owners support increasing the minimum wage and adjusting it yearly to keep pace with the cost of living. The small-business owners were predominately Republican in the poll commissioned by Small Business Majority. Sixty-five percent of small-business owners in the poll agreed that Increasing the minimum wage will help the economy, because the people with the lowest incomes are the most likely to spend any pay increases buying necessities they could not afford before, which will boost sales at businesses. This will increase the customer demand that businesses need to retain or hire more employees. Thats right. Increasing the minimum wage will boost the sales that drive employment. And with increased wages, businesses also see lower costly employee turnover, increased productivity and better customer service. No wonder the most rigorous studies of the impact of actual minimum wage increases show they dont cause job loss, reports Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. For example, the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment compared all neighboring counties (we call them parishes) located on different sides of a state border with different minimum-wage levels between 1990 and 2006 and found no adverse employment effects from higher minimum wages. Theres a proposal in Congress to raise the minimum wage by 95 cents a year for three years to $10.10 an hour, and then adjust it annually to keep up with the cost of living. If the minimum wage had kept up with the cost of living since 1968, it would already be over $10. In case youre wondering, the unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in 1968 and 3.5 percent in 1969. When families come to our farm looking for a Christmas tree, they seek out trees that have a strong, full base and are healthy from top to bottom. Our minimum wage is the base of our economy. If its weak, our economy will not be healthy. At the end of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge doesnt just give Tiny Tims family a turkey. He gives his father a raise.Camille Moran is owner and CEO of Caramor Industries, which includes 4 Seasons Christmas Tree Farm, in Natchitoches Parish, La. She is a member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.This week as 2013 ends, persons around the globe will sing or listen or sob to the music and lyrics of Auld Lang Syne. The Scottish folk song and (later) poem by Robert Burns poses the question (edited here for space reasons) Should old acquaintance be forgot? To my knowledge, no authority has ever given a straight answer to that important question. The reason for this lapse, in my opinion, is that the only proper reply is, Well, now, that depends. Thats a wobbly, weasely way to address a vital matter, but sometimes life is like that. I could easily list the names of dozens of old acquaintances that I should not and will not forget. Some of them were esteemed and solid friends. Others were not that close, but their personalities and behavior were easily distinctive enough to lodge these people permanently in my mind. On the other hand, I can quickly recall the faces, if not the names, of old acquaintances whose fading into dim history has been a blessing for me ever since it first started. On many days of my life, I have boosted my spirits simply by reminding myself of men and women once close to me with whom I will never again have to associate. I should add that most of these same persons are probably just as delighted to be distant from my own acquaintance. To wrap this matter up: No, we should not forget those persons whose presence once graced our lives. And no, we should feel no guilt or compunction about sweeping other persons under the always-waiting rugs of time and memory. How we can accomplish either or both of these tasks will have to wait for other columns, whose arrival I can already picture you pining for. If you join in the singing of Auld Lang Syne this week, be sure to pronounce the s sound as in see or since, rather than the softer z sound that we have accepted as standard throughout the years. Your doing so will please linguists in Scottish universities who keep track of such matters. Robert Burns wrote his immortal poem in 1788. After the words were combined with a traditional folk song, Auld Lang Syne soon found its way into Scottish custom. It spread into the United Kingdom and then throughout much of the world. The titles meaning, in plain English, has varied from old long since to days gone by and for (the sake of) old times. Take your pick. Today Auld Lang Syne is played each year in thousands of settings and occasions across the globe. It supplies the melody for the alma mater of the University of Virginia. Its a traditional football song in the Netherlands, and is sung at the closing of every international Boy Scout jamboree. In Japan, department stores play Auld Lang Syne each night to notify customers that the stores will soon be closing. In November 2009 at the University of Glasgow, students and staff sang the song in 41 different languages. Perhaps the most tragic and poignant rendering of Auld Land Syne took place during World War II, when the Japanese ship, Montivideo Maru, was sunk. The ship had carried 1,053 Australian prisoners of war. As the ship went down, the Aussie soldiers already in the water were heard to sing Auld Lang Syne to their doomed comrades still on board the sinking vessel. For many New Years eves until his death in 1977 Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians orchestra broadcast the song to millions of radio and TV listeners. Today, whatever our personal feelings about old times and old friends, we should use the new year transition as a reason to think of the good times and valued friends that may await us. As some wise person once said, The future lies ahead. And we should all try to be there when it arrives.Bob Driver is a former columnist for the Clearwater Sun. 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Why would folks not care to read about whats happening in their neighborhood? At lease four public hearings were held on the roundabout issue. The town website noticed the meetings and the Belleair Bee published several articles during the process. Being a regular attendee at meetings, I can unequivocally say that our commission operates in the sunshine and in a most professional manner. To accuse them of collusion without having all the facts is arrogance at its finest. Town Hall is open and always willing to help residents, dispense information and answer questions. Mayor Katica is in his office Thursday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. to talk with residents. If you choose to bury your head in the sand then come out of the woodwork when youre made aware of an issue after the fact, shame on you! One resident suggested folks from out of town would not know how to use the roundabout. From all indications, he should have included the uninformed residents. If your schedules dont allow for attendance at town meetings, theres always the website: www.townofbelleair.com, which posts all meeting agendas. There you will find out if any items on the agenda affect you and then become an informed resident. There must be a happy medium somewhere between being totally informed and blissfully unaware. Lil Cromer BelleairRoundabout isnt the way to goEditor: I was new to Belleair last October and November when the proposed roundabout at Indian Rocks Road, Ponce De Leon Road, and Palmview Avenue was supposedly discussed at length in town hearings. It is obvious from the recent Belleair Bee article that this is not a common perception. I know about the intersection in question. It is a problem intersection. I understand the need to fix it. There is another one just like it where Rosery and Osceola Roads cross Indian Rocks Road, also which I understand is slated(?) for the same treatment. First: I believe that the commissioners do not understand the function of a roundabout. The first thing you would notice entering a proper roundabout is there are no stop signs, only yield signs. The purpose of a roundabout is to facilitate the ease of traffic flow, not to stop or reduce it. If you drive in England, there are no stop signs on roundabout just like the Clearwater Beach roundabout. Second: Maybe the commissioners are not very familiar with driving around a roundabout. Many people here may not be familiar with the rules of the road concerning roundabouts. Who has the right of way upon entering, exiting and driving in the roundabout? If drivers dont know, thats where problems occur. The police officers will be busy. Third: The commissioners are right; it is a bad intersection. It is very difficult to pull out into the intersection. Maybe changing the intersection into a four-way stio and block direct access of Palmview Avenue, which may anger those residents, but may make the intersection safer. Fourth: A roundabout will not make it safe for pedestrians to cross Indian Rocks Road. Traffic will not be stopping at a proper roundabout. It will be moving around the circle unhindered. Remember ease traffic flow the Clearwater Beach roundabou). You want a safe crossing? Make the intersection a four-way STOP. If the intent of the exercise is to reduce traffic flow sounds like the mayors intent and to make safer pedestrian crossings, the roundabout(s) is not the way to achieve either. And then there is the matter of the half-million-dollar price tag for each roundabout. Ross Whitaker BelleairLight rail system not the answerRe: Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Longs letter to the Tampa Bay Times.Editor: Your Dec. 23 letter to the Tampa Bay Times leaves doubt and questions about the Greenlight Pinellas project, which you are assumedly in favor of. 1) Tax increase or no tax increase or what you call a swap. Using a Clearwater residents annual county tax bill as the example; the past five years of taxes levied for the Suncoast Transit Authority have been: 2009 = $20.05 2010 = $23.40 2011 = $31.53 (what was this?) 2012 = $18.26 2013 = $18.26 In calculating an average taxable income in Pinellas County, we project that a 1-cent increase in the sales tax would approximate an increase between $100 on the low end and $160 on the high end of annual expenditures. Compared to previous tax bills, your statement is totally out of line. Your comment that many people will actually end up paying less in taxes overall is a total misnomer. Also, it appears obvious that those who make more in income and pay more taxes will be dunned at even higher totals than the significant increase according to the above figures. So the reality is that this is not a tax swap (you suggest as an even swap) in the evidence of the actual taxpayer dollars, which will be significantly increased, and a heavy hit on low end earners. 2) As to the systems fairness compared to the current one, this has a legitimate basis and one that should be discussed in real numbers and results, and while the concept of visitors paying more if more is required sounds good, the basic argument remains as to the significant and negative impact of the increase to full-time Pinellas County taxpaying residents. The validity of your comment that tourists will pay 30 percent of the new revenues raised is questionable. To reach that figure, one must considerably stretch research factors. We would ask how you come by your figures. 3) A sustainable way for Pinellas County to address its transportation needs into the future. As you write, everything is becoming faster paced. Unfortunately a restricted light rail system is not the answer for the demographics, growth and choices Pinellas residents will utilize for that system to be viable, productive to most residents and not become a financial white elephant to Pinellas taxpayers in the future. As a final note, I could not agree more with your comment that we must establish a smarter and more nimble approach to our entire countys transportation needs and you have our full support if this plan were to permit the overwhelming majority of drivers improvement in time (the most important factor), and less stressful methodology to get from point A to point B. Looking forward to upcoming debates in 2014 and the fair Greenlight Pinellas project for which considerable taxpayer dollars are being used to promote this project, how about a grant of those taxpayer dollars for those of us questioning this project for properly addressing those issues others have with it, giving the voters an unbiased information decision when they step up to the voting booth in November, whether they then approve of the project or not. Lets make the discussion fair. Ernest Bach Officer, Largo-Mid Pinellas County Coalition of Neighborhood Associatons Largo Answering The Auld Lang Syne question Drivers SeatBob Driver Minimum wage should be raised We are proud to offer a forum to our readers. 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. 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Go Girl Sports for ages 6 to 10, will be offered Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through April 24, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. This class introduces girls to sports in a social setting through skill instruction and other activities. Sports include basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer and more. The monthly cost is $24 for residents and $30 for nonresidents. Indoor Soccer Clinics for ages 6 to 9, will be offered Tuesdays, Jan. 7 through April 29, 6 to 6:45 p.m. This introductory class reinforces and applies the fundamentals of soccer including: dribbling, passing, and shooting with Pinellas Indoor Soccer Academy coaches. It will include skills and informal miniscrimmages, with instruction as needed. The cost is $24 for residents and $30 for nonresidents, except April, which will cost $30 and $37.50, respectively. Indoor Volleyball Clinics for ages 7 to 18, will be offered Mondays, Jan. 6 through April 28. Classes for ages 7 to 12 will be held 6 to 7 p.m. and cost $18 for residents and $22.50 for nonresidents for January or February; March will cost $30 and $37.50, respectively, and April will cost $24 and $30, respectively. Classes for ages 13 to 18 will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. and cost $30 for residents and $37.50 for nonresidents for January or February; March will cost $50 and $62.50, respectively, and April will cost $40 and $50, respectively. Instructor Dave Carstenson will teach drills to include passing, hitting, setting and serving as well as simulated games with coach commentary. There is no class Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. Practices for Instructional Basketball League for ages 7 to 12, will be held on Saturdays, Feb. 1 through March 29, at the Southwest Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. Register Jan. 1 though 31. Evaluations will be held Feb. 1. Coaches are needed for all age groups. The leagues are designed to teach the skills of basketball through instruction and games. Games begin on Feb. 22 at the Highland Recreation Complex. The cost is $45. A Largo recreation card is needed for this program. Registration for Instructional Soccer will begin Feb. 1, at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. The program will include 30 minutes of instruction followed by 45 minutes of game time. Evaluations will be held March 1. Games begin March 22. A Largo recreation card is needed for this program. Youth Track and Field, for ages 5 to 18, will be held Wednesdays, Jan. 15 through May 7, 6 to 7 p.m., at Largo High School, 410 Missouri Ave. N. This is a great program for those kids interested in track and field. Children from Largo will team up to run against friends and rivals from other local cities. Program includes three practices at Largo High School and one track meet per month at an off-site location, which will require travel. All participants will get an official team shirt and ribbons for their events. For more details about any of the programs, call athletics specialist Brian Harter at 365-0044.Adventure run scheduled Feb. 8LARGO Test your stamina and skill in Largos second annual Play! Dirty Adventure Run Feb. 8, 8 to 9 a.m., at the Largo Nature Preserve, 150 Highland Ave. SE. The 3-mile race goes off-road through Largo Central Park Nature Preserve and over 20 obstacles. This race includes a fun run category and a competitive category. Prizes will be awarded to the top five male and female finishers of the competitive category. New this year is a 3K kids run for children ages 11 to 17 at 11 a.m. All runners will receive a race T-shirt and goodie bag. Enjoy music, food and fun for all ages. Water and snacks will be provided. Proceeds will support Largo Summer Camp Scholarships. Preregistration for the 3-mile run is $30 until Feb. 4 and $50 after, including the day of the race. Preregistration for the kids 3K is $15 until Feb. 4 and $30 after, including the day of the race. Sprout Healthy Vending, Bandit Fitness, JLA Sports and Barley Mow Brewing Company sponsor this event. Visit www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2067667 to register online, download the registration form or visit Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. For more information, visit Largo.com/playdirty or call 518-3016. Largo Recreation solicits feedbackLARGO The Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department is interested in hearing ideas, comments and suggestions to help improve the recreation facilities and the services they provide. Through Jan. 13, participants will be asked to fill out a brief survey that will take less than 10 minutes to complete. The department values input and wants to be responsive to the communitys needs and desires. To participate or for more information, visit PlayLargo.com or call 587-6720. As the winter months drag on, cabin fever sets in for many people. However, being cooped up inside is even harder for people suffering from asthma and allergies because more time indoors means greater exposure to indoor allergens. Although mold, pet dander and dust mites are often blamed for sneezing and itchy eyes this time of year, the National Pest Management Association warns that winter pests such as cockroaches and rodents also can be common asthma and allergy triggers. The saliva, urine and fecal droppings from cockroaches and rodents contain allergen proteins known to elicit allergic reactions and asthma attacks, said Dr. Jorge Parada, medical adviser for the NPMA. During the winter months, cockroaches and rodents seek shelter from the elements inside homes, thereby increasing allergic reactions among those people who suffer from allergies and asthma. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, cockroach allergens are present in 63 percent of American homes, and mouse allergens in 82 percent. Moreover, the number of homes containing cockroach allergens increases to as many as 78 to 98 percent in urban areas. Its important for a person suffering from allergy or asthma symptoms to see his or her doctor. A medical professional. Although there is no cure for asthma, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers. A doctor may recommend the use of antihistamines and decongestant medications to manage symptoms, and may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication and bronchodilators. The NPMA recommends the following tips to help keep allergycausing pests out: Seal cracks and holes around the outside of the home, including utility pipes. Properly ventilate basements and crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup. Keep counters free of crumbs, and vacuum floors often to reduce the accumulation of allergens. Keep garbage in a sealed container, and dispose of it regularly. Pay extra attention to kitchens and bathrooms especially under appliances and sinks as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations. For more information about health risks of pests and to find a pest professional in your neighborhood, visit www.pestworld.org.NewsUSA Health briey Largo recreation Largo recreationFree program to help balanceLARGO Enrollment is now open for A Matter of Balance, offered in eight sessions Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Feb. 3, at Regal Palms Premier Assisted Living, 300 Lake Ave. NE in Largo. The free program is designed to help older adults learn methods to reduce falling and the fear of falling. The sessions include group discussion, problem solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Space is limited for this free program, so register early. Call 437-1350. CrossFit Rebels to host free monthly workoutCLEARWATER CrossFit Rebels will host a free community-based workout first Saturdays, 10 a.m., at 2077 Sunnydale Blvd. The workout is tailored and scalable to all levels of fitness. Families, with children age 4 and older all fitness levels will be educated and coached on proper movement form, and will work through a fun, team-oriented workout that will stimulate interest in and compliance with health and fitness. The first Commit2B:Fit workout will be offered Saturday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. It will be the first of 12 months of workouts tailored toward families in the community to embrace the concept that fitness can be a fun, family-oriented activity. Each month will have a different theme. Februarys theme will be Commit2B:HeartHealthy in honor of Heart Health Month. Call 253-4971.Golf event proceeds benefit MPM program OLDSMAR The Mammography Voucher Program at Morton Plant Mease will benefit from the upcoming 2014 Drive for a Cure golf tournament. The golf benefit is presented to raise awareness about breast health and support efforts to offer free mammograms through the Mammography Voucher Program. The Drive for a Cure golf event, organized by the East Lake Woodlands golfers, will be Friday, Feb. 28, at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway. Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The dinner and auction will begin at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mammography Voucher Program services at Morton Plant Mease, as well as the Florida Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. The Mammography Voucher Program provides free breast screenings, diagnostics, and treatments for uninsured or underinsured women in Pinellas County. Last year, event organizers donated more than $24,000 to help provide breast health education and screenings. Registration is $75 for golf, cart, snacks, and dinner if signed up by Feb. 10. Registration after Feb. 10 is $85. Dinner only is $35. To register or for information, call 215-9862 or visit www.ELWDriveforaCure.com.Sams Club to host health screeningsSams Club will host free New Year, New You health screenings to kick off a year of healthy resolutions and healthy living. Screenings will be open to Sams Club members and the public. The screenings are valued at up to $100 and focus on five different tests, including glucose, total cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index and vision screening/testing. The screenings will be offered Saturday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at all Sams Club locations with a pharmacy. To find a list of participating clubs, visit www.SamsClub.com /clublocator.Affordable Healthcare programs setST. PETERSBURG Pinellas County Health and Community Services will provide a series of opportunities for members of the community to learn about the Affordable Care Act Healthcare Marketplace from designated Healthcare Navigators. The following information sessions are free and open to the public: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m., at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m., at the North Community Library, 861 79th Ave. N. Monday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m., at the Mirror Lake Community Library, 280 Fifth St. N. Monday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m., at the James Weldon Johnson Community Library, 1059 18th Ave. S. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m., at the South Community Library, 2300 Roy Hanna Drive S.Auxiliary donates $36,000 to foundationTARPON SPRINGS At the Florida Hospital North Pinellas Auxiliary and Volunteer Services annual Christmas luncheon, board members of the hospitals auxiliary gave a donation of $36,000 to the Helen Ellis Memorial Foundation. Phyllis Coates, board president, and other board members were in attendance to support the presentation of the check to Terry Smither, foundation director. It is our extreme pleasure to donate to the hospitals foundation, said Coates in a press release. Through our annual donations, we are able to support the efforts of the hospital and the health of the community. I have a true passion for what I do through the foundation, and the generous support of the auxiliary just gives me that much more enthusiasm, said Smither. Their annual support enables the Foundation to meet its mission of developing funds which enable Florida Hospital North Pinellas to provide compassionate, faithbased healthcare to our patients. The auxiliary and volunteers are active in the community, hosting annual events such as the Lights of Love Christmas Celebration and a fashion show. A portion of the proceeds raised is donated to the Helen Ellis Memorial Foundation in support of Florida Hospital North Pinellas. Im very thankful to have the volunteers and auxiliary as a part of our hospital family, said Bruce Bergherm, hospital CEO/president. They are such an asset to our hospital and help to make sure we are doing our best to serve the visitors and patients of our hospital. The auxiliary and volunteer program at Florida Hospital North Pinellas is currently seeking individuals interested in making a difference in the lives of patients, visitors and hospital team members. For information, call 942-5072 or visit www.fhnorthpinellas.com. Taking part in the Florida Hospital North Pinellas Auxiliary and Volunteer Services annual Christmas luncheon are, from left, Terry Smither, Helen Ellis Memorial Foundation director; Christine Longley, manager of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services; Phyllis Coates, president of the auxiliary; Bruce Bergherm, president/CEO of Florida Hospital North Pinellas.
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He also served on the ethics board of Largo Medical Center and helped establish Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, which later became Suncoast Hospice. He served on several boards for senior residences in St. Petersburg and Odessa. Fehl was born in Vandergrift, Pa. He graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Ill. In 1958, he started his ministry as an assistant pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. After moving to Temple Terrace in 1962, he established Christ the King parish and served as Lutheran chaplain at University of South Florida. He came to Prince of Peace in 1967, serving until his retirement in 1997. He is survived by his wife, Lida, of 56 years; his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Kim Kirchman, and their children, Kaiya and Marin of Odessa along with his daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Harry Koran of Largo. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m., at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave. N. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church or to Suncoast Hospice. Rev. Bruce Allen Fehl Worship calendarSt. Pauls Lutheran ChurchCLEARWATER A Bible study session with the Rev. Dr. Kay Ward will be presented Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 407 S. Saturn Ave. This study will welcome a group of no more than 40 women who will engage in an intimate study with the author of the series In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women, published in the Gather Magazine and used in the womens study groups of the ELCA. Ward is a Bishop in the Moravian Church and a noted speaker. Attendees will engage in an interactive conversation to grow in faith as they learn of the decisions and heartaches of the nine women in the study. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. The study will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is included. Cost is $10. Checks may be made payable to St. Pauls WELCA and should be sent to 407 S. Saturn Ave., Clearwater, FL 33755. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 446-7718 or visit www.stpaulsclearwater.org.Peace Memorial Presbyterian ChurchCLEARWATER Fire and Pipes, a pipe organ concert, will be presented Sunday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m., at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S. Fort Harrison Ave. This exciting program will utilize the extensive tonal dynamics of Peace Memorials mighty four-manual Casavant pipe organ. Co-sponsored by the Clearwater chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the concert will feature music to delight all musical tastes from the masterworks of Bach, Brahms, Handel and Haydn, to a flavorful cornucopia of 20th century pieces from the French, English, Norwegian and American repertoire. The featured organist will be Tristan Rhodes. Rhodes attended Peabody Conservatory of Music and Westminster Choir College and received an artist diploma in conducting from the Internationale Akademie des Mozarteums, Salzburg, Austria, under Herbert van Karajan. He has carved out a distinguished career as an instrumental and choral conductor, chamber musician, coach, composer and solo pianist and organist. He recently relocated to the Tampa Bay area. No tickets are needed and seating is first come, first served. An offering will be taken with a $5 minimum suggested. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Following the concert, there will be a light post concert reception in the church fellowship hall. For information, call 446-3001 or visit www.PeaceMemorial.org.Congregation Bnai IsraelST. PETERSBURG The Bay Area Cantorial Association will present Ahavah Rabah: Songs of Love, hosted by Congregation Bnai Israel and Cantor Jonathan Schultz, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., 300 58th St. N. An annual undertaking now in its 11th year, the concert features Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, American, Chasidic, Sephardic and Ashkenazic pieces celebrating Jewish life. Solos and ensemble pieces cover a global range of Jewish writers, eras, styles, and cultures. This years concert will present an eclectic collection of traditional, modern and original settings of prayer-song in cantorial, folk and pop arrangements from Jewish writers worldwide. Additionally, this gathering of 14 participants features spirited songs from Jewish composers of America, Israel and around the world, in languages of English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladio, in genres as diverse as liturgical, folk, Israeli, cantorial, Broadway, and Tin Pan Alley. Call 381-4900.Chapel On The HillSEMINOLE Valerie Gillespie will perform Saturday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m., at Chapel On The Hill, UCC, 12601 Park Blvd. Admission is $10 at the door or call 391-2919 for reservations.Prince of Peace ChurchLARGO Grammy-award winning organist Paul Jacobs will return to Largo with a recital on Sunday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., at the Prince of Peace Church, 455 Missouri Ave. The program features works by Vierne, Schumann, Stanley, Durufle, Bach, Mozart and Guilmant. An eloquent champion of his instrument, arguing that the organ for too long has been excluded from the mainstream of classical music, Jacobs is known for his imaginative interpretations and charismatic stage presence. He has also been an important influence in the revival of symphonic music featuring the organ. The first and only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award in 2011 for Messiaens challenging Livre du Saint-Sacrement Jacobs combines a probing intellect and extraordinary technical skills with a repertoire that spans the gamut of music written for his instrument, both old and new. He has transfixed audiences, colleagues, and critics with landmark performances of the complete works for solo organ by J.S. Bach and Messiaen, as well as a vast array of other composers. The concert is free and open to the public. For information, visit poplargo.org or call 585-9969. Paul Jacobs performs Jan. 26 at Prince of Peace Church. Military accomplishmentsGabriel WeinburgerLARGO Air Force Airman Gabriel Weinburger recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Weinburger earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Timothy Psimer of Largo, and Theresa Weinburger of South Lyon, Mich. The airman is a 2011 graduate of Central High School, Brooksville.Grace BelenLARGO Army Spec. Grace Belen recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Belen is the daughter of Ben and Elma Belen of Largo. She is a 2001 graduate of Pinellas Park High School. She earned a bachelors degree in 2008 from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee.Aquil Morgan CLEARWATER Air Force Airman Aquil Morgan recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Morgan is the son of Toni Morgan of Clearwater. He is a 2012 graduate of Clearwater High.Samantha Reinoehl LARGO Air Force Reserve Airman Samantha Reinoehl recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Reinoehl is the daughter of Bonnie Reinoehl of Berwick, Pa., and Brian Reinoehl of Largo. She is a 2011 graduate of Berwick High School, Pa.Miranda ClinkLARGO Navy Seaman Recruit Miranda Clink recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Clink is the daughter of David M. and Judith A. Clink of Largo. She is a 2013 graduate of Pinellas Park High School.Bradley ParkerPALM HARBOR Army Pvt. Bradley Parker recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Parker is the son of Penny Parker of Palm Harbor. He is a 2007 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School.Sean McClairPINELLAS PARK Army Pfc. Sean McClair recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. McClair is the son of Jessica McClair of Pinellas Park and Bryan McClair of Ramsey, N.J. He is a 2012 graduate of Osceola High School.David KrutzlerST. PETERSBURG Air Force Airman David Krutzler recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Krutzler is the son of Chris Krutzler of Westville, N.J. He is a 2006 graduate of Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg. He earned a bachelors degree in 2010 from the University of Central Florida, Orlando. Samantha Reinoehl David Krutzler 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. You also can send stories to friends via email or download a PDF of a single page or the entire newspaper to share with family and friends. If you havent visited e-edition.TBNweekly.com, we urge you to do so. Thanks for reading our newspapers and visiting us online.
13A Leader, January 2, 2014Pet Connection 13A Pinellas Medical DirectoryPublish Date: February 27 Deadline: February 11010214 Please Call727-397-5563 ext. 312for more information Reach 138,000 Homes Also Appears on our Website Useful Year-Round Guide Dr.s Todd Clarkson and Donald Collins remain committed to maintaining the standards and traditions of excellence their patients expect and deserve.our physicians and three Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners work out of 2 office locations. Our East Bay Medical Center offers visits during Lunchtime hours to better meet your scheduling needs.F F2 Convenient Locations to Better Serve You.Oakhurst Medical Clinic13020 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL 33776 727-393-3404 oakhurstmedicalclinic.comEast Bay Medical Center3800 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33771 727-539-0505 eastbaymedicalcenter.comwww.oakmed.comMedicare, Humana Medicare Advantage Plan, and most other insurance plans accepted. Todd Clarkson, D.O. Donald Collins, D.O. Ronald Mall, D.O. Roger Schwartzberg, D.O.,F.A.A.I.M. Betsy Parker, A.R.N.P Gail Quail MSN, A.R.N.P.C. John Jarboe A.R.N.P. Marianne Fisher CEO FAMILY PRACTICE &INTERNAL MEDICINEFAMILY PRACTICE &INTERNAL MEDICINE010313 Gallery Oaks Shopping Center11125 Park Boulevard, Suite 115 Seminole(next to Greek Village Restaurant)391-0002 Services Offered:Prescription Designer Eyewear & Sunglasses Eyeglass Repair Contact Lenses Complete Pairs$4950% OFFStarting As Low AsEYEGLASSESExpires 1-31-14. Offer requires complete pair of eyeglass frame and lenses purchase. Some restrictions may apply. Please call or see us for details. Theres a New Owl In Town! 122613 DIABETES OR PROSTATE CANCER? 120513 SPCA to offer indoor dog park hoursLARGO Indoor dog park hours will be offered Sundays through January 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the training room at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. Friendly dogs will have an opportunity to enjoy some play time out of the Florida weather. The facility boasts cool air conditioning, recycled rubber flooring which is great for your dogs joints and a very large play area with the ability to separate large dogs from small. For those who are not too comfortable with bringing a dog to a dog park, there will be a training instructor to help supervise. There is a limit of 10 big dogs and 15 small dogs. Dogs are admitted on a first-come, firstserved basis. The owner must stay with the dog. Cost is $5. To prepay, visit www.spcatampa bay.org. SPCA to host feline workshopLARGO A feline delinquents workshop will be offered Sunday, Jan. 5, 2 to 3 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. This workshop is designed for owners of cats that have not outgrown their kitten behaviors. Topics covered will include litter box problems, darting out the door, inappropriate scratching and counter surfing. The instructor will address individual concerns and needs. Cats are not allowed at the workshop. Preregistration and payment are required. Cost is $20 for SPCA Tampa Bay adopters and $25 for the public. Call 388-0452 or visit www.spcatampabay.org.Concert proceeds to benefit shelterSEMINOLE Devon Allman will perform Sunday, Jan. 5, 6 p.m., at Screwie Louies Famous Porpoise Pub, 8701 Seminole Blvd. Screwie Louies Porpoise Pub has donated tickets to Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Proceeds from tickets purchased through the shelter go to the shelter. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event or in person at Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Tickets are limited. To purchase tickets and for information, visit www.petpalani malshelter.com. At the event, Pet Pal Animal Shelter will have adoptable dogs, 50/50 split and raffle basket items. To donate a raffle basket or item, email Gracie@petpalani malshelter.com. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is a nonprofit, no-kill 501(c)(3) organization that has operated in the Tampa Bay area for more than 15 years. Agility workshop setLARGO Agility, a sporting dog workshop, will be presented Friday, Jan. 10, 6 to 7 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. Designed for those who have high-energy dogs, the workshop releases pent-up energy and stimulates learning. Agility is the ultimate dog sport that combines speed, precision, teamwork and independence. This sport works on a dogs obedience and an owners skills as a handler. People decide to teach their dog agility for many different reasons from having fun to exercise and enrichment. In the sport of agility, the dog and owner have two different jobs: The owners job is to tell the dog where to go and the dogs job is to perform the obstacles correctly. Preregistration and payment are required to participate. Cost is $25 per dog. Call 388-0452 or visit www.spcatampabay.org.SPCA to host puppy socializationLARGO A puppy socialization workshop will be offered Thursday, Jan. 11, 1 to 1:30 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. This class provides a start to socializing puppies. Puppies from 3 months to 1 year can come and meet other puppies to play and socialize. The training instructor will go over proper introductions and body language. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. Preregistration and payment preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $15 per puppy. Call 388-0452 or visit www.spcatam pabay.org.SPCA to offer Flyball workshopLARGO Flyball, a sporting dog workshop, will be presented Friday, Jan. 17, 6 to 7 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. Designed for those who have high-energy dogs, the workshop releases pent-up energy and stimulates learning. Flyball is a dog sport that is set up like a relay race. This sport started in the 1960s as an adaptation of the sport of scent hurdles. Two teams will race against each other to achieve the fastest time. The teams are made up of four dogs each and the dogs are expected to jump four hurdles, get a ball from the flyball box, and jump the same four hurdles back carrying the ball. Preregistration and payment are required to participate. Cost is $25 per dog. Call 3880452 or visit www.spcatampa bay.org.SPCA workshop setLARGO A canine delinquents workshop will be offered Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 to 3 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. This workshop is designed for owners of dogs that have not grown out of their puppy behaviors. The workshop will cover behaviors such as inappropriate chewing, darting out the door, barking and elimination. The instructor will address individual concerns and needs. Dogs are welcome to attend. Cost is $20 for SPCA Tampa Bay adopters and $25 for the public. Call 388-0452 or visit www.spcatampabay.org.SPCA to host Doga program LARGO A program on Doga partner yoga with dogs will be presented Sunday, Jan. 19, 2 to 3 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. Doga is an effective form of partner yoga that pairs people and their canine companions in a soothing practice to de-stress and calm while building connection. Dogs and humans benefit from the one-on-one attention, massage and stretching. The practice is taught by yoga instructor Lisa Recchione, MA, ERYT, KRI certified. Preregistration is required. Cost is $15 per dog. Call 3880452 or visit www.spcatampa bay.org.Dog massage program setLARGO A two-part program on dog massage will be offered Sundays, Jan. 19 and 26, 4 to 5 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. This unique two-part communication experience for dogs and their owners will help stimulate intelligence, strengthen confidence and teach dogs to think rather than react. The first class is for owners only. Attendees will learn the ins and outs of soothing massage, including musculoskeletal structure and pressure points. The instructor also will share aromatherapy tips and discuss what oils are good for dogs. Canines may attend the second class as participants learn hands-on massage techniques. Preregistration and payment are required to participate. Cost is $35 per dog. Call 388-0452 or visit www.spcatampabay.org.SPCA to present Scentwork workshopLARGO Scentwork, a sporting dog workshop, will be presented Friday, Jan. 31, 7 to 8 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. This workshop is for those with high-energy dogs. The workshop helps dogs release pent-up energy and stimulates learning. Scent work is a wonderful way to tap into a dogs natural instincts and stimulate their mind at the same time. Scent work is used in many job fields such as the military for scenting out explosives, the police for scenting out drugs, and for search and rescue. Cost is $25 per dog. Call 3880452. Paw prints Looking for a home CometMeet Comet, a 1-year 7-month-old beagle/basset hound mix. Comet would make a great companion for any active family that enjoys outdoor activities. Comet is a nervous boy and would do best in a home with children over age 8. Other canines in the house would be fine with him. Adopt him today for $75, which includes his neuters surgery, microchip, vaccinations and 30 days of pet insurance. Meet him and the other adoptable pets at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo. Visit www.spcatampa bay.org.TinaIf youre looking for a sweet, calm, adult kitty to share your life with, Tina is the girl for you. This tortoiseshell girl has the most beautiful, round, saucer-like eyes that draw you in immediately. Its impossible to look away from her adoring gaze. Tina is quite petite and dainty and acts younger than her years. She enjoys human attention and will gently head butt your hand for some bonding time. Tina would make a perfect companion pet for someone looking to spend time with a soft, unassuming but attentive cat. Tina is spayed and current on her vaccinations. She has been waiting for a long time to find her forever home. Visit her at the Suncoast Animal League in Palm Harbor. Call 786-1330.
14A Outdoors Leader, January 2, 2014 010214 11350 66th St. N., Largo 727-538-7771Theres A Comfort Keeper Close ByCovering All Of Pinellas CountyWe provide non-medical in-home care such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, and companionship to help people maintain quality, independent lives in the comfort of their own homes. WWW.COMFORTKEEPERS.COMNO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE, Diane Genovese OwnerChristmas 2013 is just around the corner. The stores are busy with shoppers looking for the perfect gifts for family and friends, feeling the pressure as they count down how many shopping days are left! Many are feeling another kind of pressure, that being how to purchase these gifts on a strict budget. There is a precious gift like no other that is free of monetary cost and that is the Gift of Time. Most of us remember as children that it seemed days went on forever. We had so much time to play, go to school, then play some more. You may remember hearing your parents say time flies by so quickly and there are not enough hours in the day! As a child, I could not understand this at all. Now as an adult it clearly hits home that time is truly a gift and if we can share some of our time with a senior that lives alone, the heart of that person is rewarded as well as ours. Seniors who have lost spouses or beloved friends may experience increased loneliness during the holidays. Others may become mildly depressed for the same reasons, which can lead to isolation. Offer to take them to holiday events. Have fun baking holiday goodies together. Addressing Christmas and Hanukah cards and chatting over a cup of coffee can lift everyones spirits. The holiday season is the perfect time to consider hiring a temporary caregiver to help with all elements of holiday preparations. Comfort Keepers offer seniors assistance in areas of light housekeeping (including putting up decorations), meal preparation, accompanying seniors to social functions or taking them shopping. As caregivers who specialize in understanding and working with seniors, Comfort Keepers can provide help and company to help your loved one have a happy holiday season. Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. ~Peg Bracken 121213The Gift of Time DIABETES OR PROSTATE CANCER? 120513 Photo by JIM LAYFIELDOn a dreary morning Dec. 28, a belted kingfisher, top left, red-bellied woodpecker, bottom center, and a downy woodpecker, top right, use a dead tree along the edge of the pond in Largo Nature Preserve to find insects buried in the nooks and crannies of the dead wood. A trio of birdsExpect great trout fishing with the start of the winter seasonWinter time is definitely upon us and with that said for inshore anglers we set our sights on some of the great trout fishing that this area is known for. In the northern part of the region, Dunedin/St. Josephs Sound is prime trout habitat. The many spoil islands that line the main channel are full of trout this time of year. The water is clean and the bottom is diverse, laden with grass, hard-bottom and rocks. Drift fishing around these islands is an effective way to cover water and find the schools of fish. Soft-plastic jigs are easy to fish and work as good as live bait for the trout. Using a quarter ounce jig-head will help you get your jig down quick, color is up to you. In the southern part of the region spoil islands give way to lush grass, peppered with potholes that make great ambush stations for trout. Fort De Soto Park is a great place for boaters and non-boaters alike to enjoy the expansive grass flats. Cast live or artificial shrimp in any of the sand holes and youre likely to get bit. East winds have made it possible to fish the beach for silver trout and flounder, target nearshore artificial reefs and jetties for flounder that are lying on the bottom waiting to pounce a live shrimp or white bait rigged on a drop-shot. Silver trout are schooled up along the beach. The schools can be found as close as the swim buoys and as far out as a half a mile or so. Look for diving birds to help narrow the search for the trout. If there are no birds around you can simply drift with the wind and tide as you cast soft plastic jigs.Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at email@example.com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Safe boating seminar setST. PETERSBURG The St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron will present its safe boating program, Emergencies on Board, to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 to 9 p.m., at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 Second Ave. SE, Demens Landing. Boating is intended to be challenging, but fun. Inevitably, no matter how careful the skipper and crew, emergencies will happen. Each boater must be prepared to protect the people and equipment involved should an emergency arise. The St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadrons two-hour seminar will help acquaint boaters with the actions necessary to cope with the most common difficulties. Available to anyone 12 or older, it deals with both preparing for and managing emergencies such as accident prevention, emergency calls and signals, running aground, man overboard, fire, loss of power, medical conditions, steering failure and getting lost. Instruction is free. Materials cost $30 per family. The seminar is open to a maximum of 20 students. Preregistration is required. Visit www.boating-stpete.org. Get outdoorsLargo to host nature hikeLARGO A free guided walk will be offered Saturday, Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m., at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. Participants will seek out animals such as raccoons, birds, alligators and more. Flashlights are optional. Donations are accepted. All ages are welcome. Monthly nature hikes are presented third Saturdays at various Largo parks. Reservations are required. Call 518-3047. Brooker to present Book TimeTARPON SPRINGS Book Time at Brooker will be offered Thursday, Jan. 2, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this free program connects attendees to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, children will participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story that is read. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.Brooker to host guided hikeTARPON SPRINGS A free, guided hike will explore the preserves ecosystems Saturday, Jan. 4, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Certified guides will lead participants on a 0.75mile walk along the education center trail. Attendees will have an opportunity to observe the forested wetland, oak hammock and pine flatwood ecosystems. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat are recommended. An adult must accompany children under the age of 16. Those younger than 6 may find the hike challenging. Preregistration is required. Visit www.brooker creekpreserve.org or call 453-6800.Fort De Soto to offer guided walkTIERRA VERDE A free, guided nature walk will be offered Saturday, Jan. 4, 10 to 11 a.m., at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Guests will enjoy the beauty of Fort De Soto Park with a one-hour nature walk great for the entire family. A guided walk on the mangrove trail is planned. To register and for tour information and meeting locations, call 552-1862. Visit www.pinellas county.org/park.Weedon to host guided hikeST. PETERSBURG A guided hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 4, 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 closedtoe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host Wee-TimeST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursday, Jan. 9, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This free program is designed to introduce children ages 3 to 5 to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Preregistration is required. To register, call 5822100 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6500.Botany hike setTARPON SPRINGS A botany hike will be offered Friday, Jan. 10, 9 to 11 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will join a Brooker Creek naturalist to explore the fascinating plants found on the preserve while identifying wildflowers, ferns, epiphytes, trees and more. The ecology of various plant communities also will be examined. The free hike is best suited for adult participants. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org. Great Weedon Bird Quest setST. PETERSBURG The Great Weedon Bird Quest will be Friday, Jan. 10, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Guests will learn to identify marks and behaviors of the island birds while taking advantage of this free guided hike. Binoculars will be available. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Brooker to host bird hikeTARPON SPRINGS The Birds of Brooker hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Birds seen and heard will be identified while attendees meander along a 1-mile trail gathering information. Closed-toe shoes, water and a hat are recommended. Attendees also may bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras. The free hike is best suited for adults. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.Weedon to host photography hikeST. PETERSBURG A wildflower photography hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 18, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Tegistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonisland preserve.org.Philippe to host nature walkSAFETY HARBOR A guided nature walk will be offered Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway. The hike is limited to 12 participants. Attendees will learn park history while exploring nature. Participants should meet at the Philippe gravesite at 9 a.m. Closed-toe shoes, water, sunscreen a hat and insect repellant are recommended. Reservations will be accepted through the Friday prior to the hike. An adult must accompany children. To register, call 669-1947 or email dickestes76 @yahoo.com.Brooker to present Book TimeTARPON SPRINGS Book Time at Brooker will be offered Thursday, Jan. 23, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this free program connects attendees to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, children will participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story that is read. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.
By LEE CLARK ZUMPETampa Bay area venues, both large and small, will welcome a diverse selection of musical artists in the coming weeks. The second annual Sunshine Music and Blues Festival will take place Sunday, Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m., at Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $49.50. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.livenation.com. For information, visit www.sunshinemusicandblues.com. This year the festival headliner will be the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The stellar lineup also will feature performances by JJ Grey, Galactic, Leon Russell, Acoustic Hot Tuna, Stanley Clarke, The Ringers featuring Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock and Etienne Mbappe, Bobby Lee Rogers and Oli Brown. The festival also will include craft beers and food. Blast Friday, Clearwaters free, familyfriendly street festival, will feature a performance by Pure Prairie League on Friday, Jan. 31, in the Cleveland Street District. The street festival kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Supported by the city of Clearwater, the Cleveland Street District and the Downtown Development Board and produced by Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road, Blast Friday hosts 10 events per year bringing more than 40,000 people to downtown Clearwater. A limited number of VIP tickets are available priced at $25. The VIP package includes a general admission ticket in the reserved seating section directly in front of the stage, one free beer and a free slice of pepperoni or cheese pizza from Tonys Pizzeria. VIP tickets are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket office, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Call 7917400 or visit www.atthecap.com. When Pure Prairie League formed in the late 1960s, no one had put a label on the music they played. Although the band drew heavily from 1960s rock, the group added a heavy dose of country and high-flying harmony that gave it a unique sound soon to be known as country-rock. Pure Prairie League, along with groups like the Eagles, reached mainstream radio listeners by the mid-1970s, as singles like Amie climbed the Billboard charts. Pure Prairie League continued to record, tour, and place singles on the charts.Following is a list of other music scene events in the coming weeks:Capitol Theatre B.B. King, Thursday, Jan. 2, 8 p.m. Katharine McPhee, Saturday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. Leo Kottke, Sunday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. Queensryche, Thursday, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. Chris Botti, Saturday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. Eddie Money, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. Manhattan Transfer, Thursday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. Don Williams, Friday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. Shawn Colvin, Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Monday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. Keb Mo, Thursday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m. Jake Shimabukuro, Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre is at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.Jannus Live Falling in Reverse, Friday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m. Yonder Mountain String Band, Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m. Jannus Live is at 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 565-0550 or visit www.jannuslive.com.Largo Cultural Center Victor Wooten, Friday, Jan. 3, 8 p.m. The Four Freshmen, Saturday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m.Music sceneJanuary concert lineup includes Eddie Money, Tony Orlando, Willie Nelson Diversions Events Movies ClassiedsLargo Leader, Section B, January 2, 2014 Visit www.TBNweekly.com Top five diversions Victor Wooten with special guest Stu Hamm, Friday, Jan. 3, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 5876793 or visit largoarts.com. Five-time Grammy award winner, Wooten is known for his solo recordings, tours and as a member of the Grammywinning super group, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. He has won most every major award given to a bass guitarist. Wooten was voted Bassist of the Year by Bass Player Magazine three times and is the only person to have won the award more than once. Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics. The Four Freshmen Saturday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $34.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. Back by popular demand, this group continues to sell out every time they visit Largo. The Four Freshmens unique sound is based on openharmony vocals, which builds on the barbershop tradition. The quartet accompanies itself on guitar, trumpet, bass and drums. Hits include Its a Blue World, Mood Indigo, Day by Day and many more. Qristina and Quinn Bachand, Saturday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org. With deep Asturian and Breton roots, Canadian born siblings Qristina and Quinn Bachand have quickly emerged at the top of the international Celtic music world. Qristinas spirited performance showcases fiddling and vocal talents. Quinn, a gifted and creative guitar player, adds a contemporary edge to traditional Celtic music. His unique harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting. Quinn has toured nationally and internationally with Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. Blending sizzling hot instrumentals and captivating vocals, Qristina and Quinn have moved far past their niche as Celtic artists with their wide-ranging musical folk, roots and jazz music. Neil Sedaka Sunday, Jan. 5, 2 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $39. Photo by FADIL BERISHA/RAZOR & TIE PUBLICITYNeil Sedaka plays Ruth Eckerd Hall Jan. 5. Photo courtesy of SGENT NATIONVictor Wooten plays Largo Cultural Center Jan. 3. See TOP FIVE, page 2B Photo courtesy of INTERNATIONAL MUSIC NETWORK Photo courtesy of SKYLINE MUSIC Photo courtesy of BIG HASSLE Photo by DAVID McCLISTER/SHOCK INKAbove, Ruth Eckerd Hall welcomes Willie Nelson Jan. 29. Top right, Cherish the Ladies plays Jan. 31 at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Middle right, MarchFourth Marching Band comes to Skippers Smokehouse Jan. 10. At right, Tampas The Ritz welcomes Blackberry Smoke Jan. 9. See MUSIC, page 4B 010214 The Power of Knowledge ... 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2B Just for Fun Leader, January 2, 2014 Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Sedakas impressive 50-year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the s, a relevant songwriter for himself and other artists in the s, a superstar in the s and remaining a constant force in writing and performing presently. Thanks to all the countless songs he has written, performed and produced, he continues to inspire artists and audiences around the world. The accolades showered on Sedaka have been numerous: He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a street was named after him in his hometown of Brooklyn and he earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2004, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organizations 35th annual induction and awards ceremony in New York. Named for the former president of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, this award is given to individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements in furthering the successes of songwriters. With a career spanning six decades, a rare feat in the entertainment world, Neil never ceases to amaze. He shows no signs of slowing down. Hes appeared on FOXs hit television show American Idol as a guest judge. In 2006, Sedaka concluded a 10-city tour of the United Kingdom, where he filmed a live concert at Londons Royal Albert Hall for PBS. During this historical evening, he was presented with The Guinness Award for his song (Is This the Way to) Amarillo, as the best-selling single of the 21st century in the UK, a song that was originally performed by Tony Christie more than 40 years ago. The Sleeping Beauty, performed by the Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre; Sunday, Jan. 5, 3 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $27.50. Call 893-7832 or visit TheMahaffey.com. Marius Petipa choreographs the fairy tale ballet of The Sleeping Beauty, set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre is the youngest among the Russian theater companies and from Nureyevs childhood home of Ufa. TOP FIVE, from page 1BLargo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 19 and younger with identification. A city of Largo handling charge of $3.50 will be added to each ticket. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. Thoroughly Modern Millie is a fast-paced, energetic musical comedy set in the roaring s. Taking place in New York City in 1922, Millie Dillmount has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. Its a New York full of intrigue and jazz a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. The production will feature Linda Weir as director and Amy Phillips as choreographer. The Rainmaker, by N. Richard Nash; April 3-27, at New Stage Theatre, inside Country Day World School, 11650 131st St. N., Largo. For performance times and ticket information, call 813-817-2585 or visit newstagelargo.org. Belief, hopes, and dreams are never as far away as we may sometimes think. Taking place during a great drought, we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her potential future as an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. When a man comes to town promising rain for a $100 fee, he unintentionally changes more than just the weather. The Rainmaker is a feel good play for all ages. Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, May 2-11, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 19 and younger with identification. A city of Largo handling charge of $3.50 will be added to each ticket. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. Here is Rydell Highs senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding Burger Palace Boys and their gumsnapping, hip-shaking Pink Ladies in bobby socks and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head greaser Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their Summer Nights as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as Greased Lightnin, We Go Together, There Are Worse Things I Could Do and Youre the One That I Want recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals place Grease among the worlds most popular musicals. This production will feature James Grenelle as director and choreographer. Hair, with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and music by Galt MacDermot; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, July 11-20, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 19 and younger with identification. A city of Largo handling charge of $3.50 will be added to each ticket. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. Hair the Broadway musical live on stage is at once both a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960s America. This exuberant musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War era America has struck a resonant chord with audiences of all ages. Hair features a long list of chart-topping hit songs such as Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In, Good Morning, Starshine and Easy To Be Hard. The themes and struggles in Hair, although from another era, seem vital and relevant to modern times. This performance contains strong language, adult content and nudity and is recommended for mature audiences. This production will feature Michael Newton-Brown as director and James Grenelle as choreographer. On the stage in Largo On the stage in Largo Monday Monday Monday, Jan. 13, 2 and 7 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. The show will feature hits made famous by The Mamas and the Papas as well as songs from many worldclass groups including The 5th Dimension; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Peter, Paul and Mary; and The Byrds. Linda Eder, Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $39.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. One of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Eders diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. As the tragic character Lucy in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde, Eder was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination. Her appearances go back to the 1987 season of Star Search, where she won for an unprecedented 12 weeks and attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike. Eder has recorded 14 solo albums and has performed for sold-out crowds across the country and around the world. Title of Show, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell; Feb. 6-23, at New Stage Theatre, inside Country Day World School, 11650 131st St. N., Largo. For performance times and ticket information, call 813-817-2585 or visit newstagelargo.org. Title of Show is a musical by two guys named Jeff and Hunter about a musical by two guys named Jeff and Hunter. Its very specificity gives it broad appeal, as it takes a thoroughly unique and comical look at the pleasures and perils of the artistic process. Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, Friday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $24.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. Vignolas stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the worlds top musicians. Guitar legend Les Paul named Vignola to his Five Most Admired Guitarist list for the Wall Street Journal. Raniolo, at the age of 28, has already proven himself to be among the elite having performed and recorded with Bucky Pizzarelli, Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman just to name a few. Their jaw-dropping technique and incredible showmanship explains why the New York Times deemed them stars of the guitar. Satchmo: The Rebirth of Louis Armstrong featuring Dean Simms; Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $24.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. Virtuoso trumpeter Dean Simms, as Satchmo, is the leader of this awesome tribute to the master himself, Louis Armstrong. His singing style as well as his playing, showmanship and on-stage is truly amazing. Hear Simms and his band perform renditions of Basin Street Blues, St. Louis Blues, Wonderful World and show stopping performance of the Saints Go Marching In and Hello Dolly. Alter Eagles: The Definitive Eagles Tribute Band; Monday, Feb. 10, 2 and 7 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. Alter Eagles the most authentic tribute show to The Eagles have won over countless numbers of fans nationwide with their tight vocal harmonies and exquisite re-creation of those classic songs of the s. From Take It Easy to Hotel California, audiences will feel the bands passion. The Sicilian Tenors Saturday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $24.50. Call 5876793 or visit largoarts.com. Comedian Joan Rivers describes the Sicilian Tenors as the Three Tenors meet the Rat Pack. Aaron Caruso, Elio Scaccio and Sam Vitale will take the audience on a romantic journey from Hollywood to Broadway to Italy with marvelous songs and arias combined with lighthearted fun for all ages. The audience is always moved from tears to laughter with their warm nostalgia and soaring voices that hit all the right notes. Thoroughly Modern Millie, with book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, Feb. 28 through March 16, at Conmy Center presents ABBA tribute bandDUNEDIN The Conmy Center will present ABBA GIRLZ for the very first time on Saturday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. The Conmy Center is located at 750 San Salvador Drive, on the campus of Our Lady Of Lourdes Church. The Conmy Center is proud to bring ABBA GIRLZ tribute band, one of the best ABBA Tributes since ABBA itself. This New York City based ABBA Tribute Band features beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography guaranteed to captivate all audiences making every show a night to remember. Their charisma electrifies audiences of all ages, a Conmy Center press release said. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.conmy center.com or call 738-6159. A pre-show dinner buffet is available for $10. Reservations before Jan. 9 are required. The Conmy Center is a nonprofit, multi-functional facility offering rental space for private or corporate events.January 2, 2014CapricornDecember 22 January 19 The debate continues. Dont take part unless you have something legitimate to contribute, Capricorn. You might glean more from listening. Hopes rise at home.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18 Sink or swim, Aquarius. Helping hands are all around. Dont say no. The web of deceit builds at work. Be careful you dont get caught in it.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20 Health woes ease for a friend. Invite them out to celebrate, Pisces. The mad dash to meet a deadline begins. Pick up the pace! A phone call settles a matter.AriesMarch 21 April 19 Horse feathers, Aries. There are two sides to everything. Listen to both before you make a decision. A coworker pushes the envelope one too many times.TaurusApril 20 May 20 An old chum is at a crossroads. Be there for them, Taurus, but watch your step. It is their life, not yours. Motivation at work comes from an unlikely source.GeminiMay 21 June 21 Some goals take longer to reach than others. Be patient, Gemini, and that which you seek will come. A convoluted message misses the mark.CancerJune 22 July 22 An article inspires you to do more with less. Mother Nature approves! Spread the word, Cancer. A casual conversation at home proves insightful.LeoJuly 23 August 22 Victory will be yours, if you let it, Leo. A chance meeting with an acquaintance provides the impetus you need to complete a project.VirgoAugust 23 September 22 Painstaking efforts to enhance the quality of a piece and still meet the deadline reap many rewards. A senior offers sage advice. Listen closely, Virgo.LibraSeptember 23 October 22 Give of yourself freely, Libra, and others will be inspired. A fashion trend begs to be followed. Personal troubles ease with the insight of a youngster.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21 Face it, Scorpio. Youre not one for criticism. That all changes this week when you are forced to speak up and let others know what you really think.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21 Drat, Sagittarius. Just when you thought you had cleared your desk, something else pops up. Get a move on and dont be afraid to ask for help. Across1. Read the riot act to 8. Sluggish inactivity (pl.) 15. Treeless, grassy plain 16. Extraordinary 17. Sandwich meats 18. Circular cluster of leaves 19. ___ Fargo, 4th largest U.S. bank 20. "Chicago" lyricist 22. Gown fabric 23. Flight data, briefly 24. Bailiwicks 26. "Go ahead!" (2 wds) 27. Detachable container 28. Eighths of a circle 30. "___ moment" 31. Wooden carving board 33. Grunted, as a pig would 35. Forever 37. Wicker material 40. Set apart for a special purpose 44. Charlotte-to-Raleigh dir. 45. Leo ___, French composer 47. 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Entertainment 3B Leader, January 2, 2014 New year kicks off with horror film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following film opening in wide release:Paranormal Activity: The Marked OnesGenre: Horror Cast: Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, Eddie J. Fernandez, Jorge Diaz, David Fernandez Jr., Kimberly Ables Jindra, Tonja Kahlens and Frank Salinas Director: Christopher Landon Not yet rated Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the first spin-off film spawned by the Paranormal Activity franchise. The story begins at a party in Oxnard, Calif., in 2012. When a woman dies in a nearby apartment, a group of young adults decide to investigate the crime scene, recording what they discover. Amidst items that suggest some sort of black magic ritual, they find a photograph of one of the partygoers. Soon, strange things begin happening to that individual and the horror begins.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.The Best OfferGenre: Drama Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Sylvia Hoeks Director: Giuseppe Tornatore Not yet rated Virgil Oldman is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of antiques dealer. Hes never been close to another human being, not even Robert, his only friend a young, skillful restorer of mechanical devices from every era. The day he turns 63, Virgil receives a phone call from a young woman who asks him to handle the disposal of some family works of art. But when the time comes for his first site visit, the girl fails to appear, nor, for various reasons, is she present for the taking of the inventory or for the transportation and restoration of the pieces. More than once Virgil is tempted to bow out of what appears to be nothing but a bothersome mess, but on each occasion, the mysterious young woman, locked in her own obsessional world, convinces him to continue. And with this, the old antique dealers life begins to take an unexpected turn. It is Robert who shows him, step-by-step, how to win the heart of a young woman who is afraid of the world and, caught in the middle of this puzzling game of chess, Virgil soon finds himself enveloped by a passion that will transform his grey existence forever.Open GraveGenre: Thriller Cast: Sharlto Copley, Joseph Morgan, Thomas Kretschmann, Josie Ho, Erin Richards and Maxim Wrottesley Director: Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego Unrated A man (Sharlto Copley) wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives way to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat thats more vicious and hungry than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together before its too late.Beyond OutrageGenre: Action, drama and thriller Cast: Beat Takeshi, Ryo Kase, Toshiyuki Nishida, Shun Sugata, Machiko Ono and Ken Mitsushi Director: Takeshi Kitano Rated: R With Beyond Outrage, action cinema master Takeshi Kitano returns to the hard-boiled characters, black comedy and unflinching violence of his yakuza saga, Outrage. This time, a manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld. The Sanno crime family has grown into a massive organization dominated byOpening this weekend young executives whose new approach to running the family is causing frustration and pent-up resentment with the old-guard members. This vulnerability in the Sanno hierarchy is exactly what anti-gang detective Kataoka has been looking for, as the police force prepares a full-scale crackdown. Kataoka wants start a war between Sanno and the neighboring Hanabishi crime family in the hopes that they destroy each other. His trump card is Otomo (Takeshi) the rumored-dead boss of a defunct family that was destroyed by the Sanno, who has just been released from prison. Otomo wants to retire from a life of crime, but finds himself drawn back in through Kataokas manipulations as the Sanno and Hanabishi clans teeter on the brink of an all-out war.For more movie news, visit www.TBNweekly.com. Click on the Movie News & Reviews link on the leftside menu. Photo courtesy of IFC FILMSAbove, Geoffrey Rush, seated, stars in Best Offer, from IFC Films. Below, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the first spin off from the popular Paranormal Activity franchise.Photo courtesy of PARAMOUNT PICTURES Around townVenue announces class schedulePINELLAS PARK Venue Theatre and Actors Studio recently announced the schedule for upcoming acting classes. Saturday classes for the Future Stars Program will begin Jan. 11, 10 a.m., for ages 4 to 7; and at 11 a.m., for ages 8 to 12. Musical Stars, ages 10 to 17, will meet Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m., for training and rehearsals for the show Grease! Teen Stars will meet Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m., beginning Jan. 9. Adult workshops will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 to 10 p.m., beginning Jan. 13. Monthly fees vary. An 18-week commitment is required. There will be an open house and registration event Saturday, Jan. 4, 1 to 4 p.m. Interested students should plan to come to that open house to register and for class placement. Musical students are requested to sing any song of their choice not from the show on key. Venue Theatre is at 9125 U.S. 19 N. Call 8226194 or email VenueActorStudio@gmail.com.2nd Friday Dunedin Wine/Art Walk Jan. 10DUNEDIN The Second Friday Dunedin Wine/Art Walk will be held Jan. 10, with more than 40 merchants offering specials, discounts and more. People who buy a $10 wristband will receive merchants promotions and be eligible for a drawing that will now be held at different locations each month. 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4B Entertainment Leader, January 2, 2014 Monday Monday, a tribute to the Mamas & the Papas; Monday, Jan. 13, 2 and 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center is at 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.The Mahaffey The Florida Orchestra: Bravo Beethoven; Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Musicians in the Spotlight; Thursday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m. The Florida Orchestra: Bond & Beyond; Saturday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Bartok & Brahms; Saturday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. The Mahaffey is at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com.The Palladium at St. Petersburg College Qristina & Quinn Bachand, Saturday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m. The Calidore String Quartet, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. Kenny Vance and the Planotones: Doo Wop Downtown, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m. Nicki Parrott and Rossano Sportiello, Thursday, Jan. 9 7:30 p.m. Selwyn Birchwood Band, Friday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m. The Wailers, Saturday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. Southern Hospitality, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, 8 p.m. Roy Book Binder Trio, Friday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m. The Palladium at St. Petersburg College is at 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.The Ritz Ybor Blackberry Smoke, Thursday, Jan. 9, 8 p.m. AFI, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. Amon Amarth, Saturday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Disclosure, Sunday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. The Ritz Ybor is at 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. Call 813-247-2518.Ruth Eckerd Hall Neil Sedaka, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2 p.m. Steve Lippia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 1 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Bravo Beethoven; Sunday, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. Moscow City Symphony, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m. ABBA the Concert, Saturday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. Tony Orlando, Sunday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Bond & Beyond; Sunday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tribute to Pavarotti, Saturday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Bartok & Brahms; Sunday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. Glenn Miller Orchestra, Monday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m. Willie Nelson and Family, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m. The Orchestra starring Electric Light Orchestra former members, Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.Skippers Smokehouse Kettle of Fish, Saturday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m. MarchFourth Marching Band, Friday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m. Paul Geremia, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Tab Benoit, Friday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m. Ellie Lee & Blues Fury, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. Skippers Smokehouse is at 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Call 813-971-0666 or visit www.skipperssmokehouse.com.State Theatre Les Claypools Duo De Twang, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m. The Machine, Thursday, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. Against Me, Friday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. Sevendust, Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m. State Theatre is at 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 895-3045 or visit www.statetheatreconcerts.com. The Local 662 Sylhh 8.0, Saturday, Jan. 11, 9 p.m. The Local 662 is at 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 258-4829.The Straz Center for the Performing Arts The Florida Orchestra: Bravo Beethoven; Friday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Bond & Beyond; Friday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Bartok & Brahms; Friday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m. The David A Straz Jr. Center is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.Tampa Bay Times Forum Billy Joel, Friday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum is at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www.tampabaytimesforum.com.Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center Tom Rush, Friday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m. Vox Audio, Friday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. Amernet String Quartet, Sunday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m. Cherish the Ladies, Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m. The center is at 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Call 942-5605 or visit www.tar ponarts.org.For more music and concert information, visit TBNweekly.com. MUSIC, from page 1BCalidore String Quartet to performST. PETERSBURG The Calidore String Quartet will perform Tuesday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $20 in advance and $28 the day of the show. Call 822-3590 or visit www.mypalladi um.org. After last years triumphant performance, the Calidore String Quartet returns to the Palladium for their only Tampa Bay performance. The Calidore String Quartet has established itself an international reputation for its informed, polished and captivating performances. The Calidore has already made debuts in such prestigious festivals as Verbier and Ravinia and the Schneider Concert Series in New York City and is a featured Young Artist-in-Residence on American Public Medias Performance Today. Formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in 2010, the Calidore String Quartet quickly won grand prize in virtually all American chamber music competitions including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake and Yellow Springs competitions. Internationally, the quartet captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and the 2012 Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition. Their performances and interviews were broadcast on Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich and Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg as well as being featured on German national television as part of a documentary produced by ARD public broadcasting. Highlights of the 2013-14 season include a collaboration with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, a return to the renowned Schneider Concert Series at the New School and their Asian debut at the Kumho Arts Center in Seoul, Korea. Other engagements include aPhoto courtesy of CALIDORE STRING QUARTETThe Palladium welcomes the Calidore String Quartet Jan. 7. Duo De Twang to play State TheatreST. PETERSBURG Primus frontman Les Claypool will bring his acoustic project Duo De Twang to the Tampa Bay area Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m., at State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $25 in advance and $27 at the door. Call 8953045 or visit www.state theatreconcerts.com. One of the busiest men in the industry, Claypool is pulling double duty this winter, playing dates with his primary band Primus even as he heads out on the road with one of his many side projects an acoustic ensemble known as Les Claypools Duo De Twang. Duo De Twang is all about musical deconstruction. According to ATO Records, the groups upcoming album is just one vocal, one bass, one guitar and a basic beat supplied by stomping on a mini-tambourinedoohickey. Unlike Primus, DDT focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things as heard throughout the bands debut recording, Four Foot Shack.Four Foot ShackLes Claypools Duo De Twang will release Four Foot Shack on Feb. 4. According to a press release from ATO Records, Claypool somehow managed to find time to partner with his old buddy, Bryan Kehoe, to found DDT. Kehoe has been involved in several past Claypool projects. He also was one of the main actors from Claypools hilarious jam band mockumentary, Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo. Claypool explains the formation of DDT in the press release. I was asked a year before last to put together a project for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, he says. So I thought, Ill do a little duo thing, and I originally thought, Well, Mike Dillon, he can bang on some stuff, and I can twang away on my dobro bass. Then I got to talking to Mirv, and he ended up doing it. But then he couldnt continue on, and I still really enjoyed it it was a great thing. We did a couple of shows, so I got a hold of my old buddy, Kehoe, who Ive known since high school, and it kind of just turned into he and I sitting there in front of the campfire, playing hillbilly versions of my songs and some other peoples songs. And drinking. Its an intimate thing you sit there and hobnob with the crowd, and play a couple of tunes and do some more hobnobbing. Audiences can expect the State Theatre performance to be one the most laid back, charming, and fun performances theyll ever witness. My son and I went on a camping trip up to Kernville this last year and we brought my twang bass and his banjo and at night wed sit around the campfire with the dog and twang away, Claypool explains. It was one of the greatest times of my life and I thought, hell, I need to do this on stage. Claypool summoned up a little Hollywood magic and some backwoods ingenuity to set the scene for the tour. We now have two guys sitting around the campfire, having a couple of beers, playing tunes, he says. We are literally sitting around the campfire its more of a hang than a show. So, bring your smores and wieners. Claypool and Kehoe mix traditional tunes and popular covers as well as adaptations of Primus classics all of which are usually barely recognizable when compared to the original versions. The album track list includes everything from Battle of New Orleans and Stayin Alive to Man in the Box, Wynonas Big Brown Beaver and Jerry Was A Race Car Driver. A lot of it is just stumbling across it, explains Claypool about the songs that were chosen to be twang-ified. Youre twanging away, and then all of a sudden, something just comes out. And then you laugh about it or you dont. And then you move on. There are tons of songs that weve stumbled across, and these ones just happened to be the ones that stuck. Leslie Edward Les Claypool was born in 1963 in Richmond, Calif. Claypool singer, lyricist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist and composer is best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. His mastery of the electric bass has brought him into the spotlight with his funky, creative playing style. According to a biography provided by the Windish Agency, Claypool mixes finger-tapping, flamencolike strumming, and a Larry Graham-like slap technique to develop his own unique style. He has earned respect as one of rocks premier bass talents, becoming an influence for younger bassists in recent years. Claypool has also self produced and engineered his solo releases from his own studio Rancho Relaxo. In 2006, he released the full-length feature film Electric Apricot, which he both wrote and directed. The same year, Claypool also published his debut novella, South of the Pumphouse, through Akashic Books. tour of Florida and Maine, a collaboration with Rob Kapilow on his series What Makes it Great? and numerous performances throughout Southern California. Summer 2014 will mark the Calidore String Quartets inaugural season as the quartet-in-residence at the Bellingham Festival of Music. Past summers included residencies and fellowships at the Banff Centre, Verbier Festival Academy, Aspen Music Festival and McGill International String Quartet Academy. In summer 2013, the Calidore worked closely with Edward Nesbit and premiered his Night Dances at the Verbier Festival which was broadcast on Medici.tv. In 2012, the Calidore made its European debut at the esteemed Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. The Calidore has collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles including Joshua Bell, Menahem Pressler, Quatuor Ebene, Angel Romero and the Calder String Quartet, among others. Currently the graduate string quartet in residence at the Colburn School, the Calidore has studied closely with such luminaries as Andre Roy, Arnold Steinhardt, Guillaume Sutre, Gunter Pichler, Gehard Schulz, Gabor Takacs Nagy, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, and the Quatuor Ebne. Ardent supporters of music education, the Calidore String Quartet is deeply committed to sharing their passion for chamber music with students and audiences. This has taken the form of pre-concert talks, post-concert question-and-answer sessions, classroom visits, public school assemblies, traditional master classes and multi-day community residencies. The quartet has held residencies in conjunction with their performances in Arlington, Va.; Chicago, Ill.; Riverside, Cailf.; South Bend, Ind.; St. Petersburg, and at the 2011 and 2012 Laguna Beach Chamber Music Festival. In May 2012, the quartet partnered with the Bellingham Music Festival and the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham, Wash., for a two-week residency of more than 20 concerts in public schools of Northwest Washington. Using an amalgamation of California and dor (French for golden), the ensembles name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it has received from its home base in Los Angeles, Calif., the golden state. The Calidore String Quartet aims to present performances that share the passion and joy of the string quartet chamber music repertoire. Photo courtesy of THE WINDISH AGENCYLes Claypools Duo De Twang plays State Theatre Jan. 8. 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8B Entertainment Leader, January 2, 2014 Coming attractions in 2014Godzilla returns, Vesuvius erupts, apes battle humans and Maleficent is betrayed By LEE CLARK ZUMPEEven as the curtain falls, Hollywood has already begun hyping its 2014 lineup with teasers, trailers and strategically placed viral marketing campaigns. As usual, moviegoers are eager to get a glimpse at the forthcoming cavalcade of films. The buzz surrounding some anticipated blockbusters is growing louder by the minute as cinema aficionados begin blogging predictions about which big screen selections will succeed and which faulty flicks will flop. First ... what were the best movies of 2013? To date, the top box office moneymaker is Iron Man 3. As of Dec. 19, the film had taken in $1.2 billion worldwide according to Box Office Mojo. In second place is the animated family film Despicable Me 2 which has earned $918 million. The No. 3 top grossing film of the year is currently Fast & Furious 6, with a worldwide haul of $788 million. Monsters University holds fourth place with $743 million followed by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, with $734 million. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which was released Dec. 12, has earned $226 million in one week and will probably reach the top 10 list by the end of the year. Three animated family films made the top 10 highest grossing films this year, including Despicable Me 2, Monsters University and The Croods. These films were rated PG or lower. The remaining films in the top ten are all rated PG-13. Hollywood continues to enjoy success in bringing material gleaned from comic books to the big screen. In addition to Iron Man 3, the top 10 list includes the Superman reboot Man of Steel as well as the second Thor installment, Thor: The Dark World. Six out of the top 10 highest-grossing films were continuations of pre-existing franchises. Of the four films that were not sequels, three now have sequels in the works, including Man of Steel, The Croods and World War Z. And then there were the flops. The studio that turns out some of the biggest moneymakers also turns out some of the biggest financial losers. Walt Disney Studios The Lone Ranger cost an estimated $375 million to produce and market. As of Dec. 19, it had grossed $260 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. Jack the Giant Slayer faced similarly disappointing figures at the box office. It has earned $197 million slightly less than Warner Bros. spent producing and marketing the film. So, whats around the corner? Following is a list of 22 of the most anticipated films of 2014, grouped more or less according to genre.Startling sci-fi RoboCop Its 2028 and OmniCorp is about to unleash its futuristic peacekeeper upon the unsuspecting Detroit citizenry. This remake of the 1987 film stars Joel Kinnamen in the title role. Gary Oldman plays the scientist who develops the RoboCop technology. RoboCop begins his beat Feb. 12. Godzilla Legendary Pictures is resurrecting Tohos iconic kaiju. Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film will explore the origin of Godzilla as a terrifying force of nature and, with luck, it will fare better than director Roland Emmerichs 1998 reimagining of the legend. The reptilian monster with atomic breath smashes his way into theaters May 16. Transformers: Age of Extinction This summer will see the fourth installment of the film franchise based on the Transformers toy line which dates back to 1984. This chapter serves as a direct sequel to Transformers: Dark of the Moon and stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Kelsey Grammer. The film will be released June 27. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Caesar is back, leading a growing nation of genetically evolved apes. A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this film finds civilization in ruins and humanity struggling to survive. The revolution in evolution continues July 11. Jupiter Ascending This science fiction film written and directed by The Wachowskis stars Mila Kunis as a Russian immigrant menial laborer who discovers she may be connected to a much grander destiny. This sci-fi vehicle launches July 18.Sensational superheroes Captain America: The Winter Soldier The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand as the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger hits screens April 4. S.H.I.E.L.D. taps Captain America to investigate after one of its agents is assassinated. Chris Evans reprises his role as the lead character, Scarlett Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Anthony Mackie portrays Sam Wilson/Falcon. The Captain fights for democracy beginning April 4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spidey-sense tingling? Thats because the next installment of the rebooted Spider-Man franchise is set to open May 2. This time around, the webslinger will face several antagonists, including Electro, played by Jamie Foxx; Harry Osborn, portrayed by Dane DeHaan; and The Rhino, played by Paul Giamatti. The web will ensnare audiences beginning May 2. X-Men: Days of Future Past This film will bridge the gap between the two branches of the franchise, acting as a sequel to both 2006s X-Men: The Last Stand and 2011s X-Men: First Class. Facing a brutal future in which mutants are detained in internment camps, the ensemble must battle for survival across two time periods. The film opens May 23. Guardians of the Galaxy This will be the 10th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the title infers, the setting is the deepest reaches of outer space and the guardians include a Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Rocket Raccoon. Look for it in theaters Aug. 1.Fabulous fantasy Maleficent Disney explores the evolution of a villain. The film features the untold story of Disneys most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. Her wickedness will emerge in theaters May 30. The Legend of Hercules This is one of two films about the son of Zeus coming to the big screen this year, the other being Hercules: The Thracian Wars from Paramount. This one, from Summit Entertainment, stars Kellan Lutz as Hercules and is directed by Renny Harlin. Poor Hercules is exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love. The film promises gladiators, odysseys and baklava. Well, not baklava. Hercules flexes his muscles Jan. 10. The Hobbit: There and Back Again Opened Dec. 17. This will be the final installment of director Peter Jacksons adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkiens works. Probably. Amazing action Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit From Paramount Pictures, Kenneth Branagh directs this new film based on bestselling author Tom Clancys famous character. Set for release Jan. 17, Chris Pine will be playing Jack Ryan this time around. Will he outshine Harrison Ford? The Monuments Men Director George Clooney also stars in this film about seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of WWII to rescue the worlds artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners. The artistic endeavor will be liberated Feb. 7. Pompeii Because apocalyptic films arent just for the modern world, audiences will have a chance to see what old school end-of-theworld scenarios were like. Not even the most advanced doomsday prepper could have been ready for Mount Vesuvius. This film will erupt on screens Feb. 21.Fun for the family Mr. Peabody & Sherman Remember watching Rocky and Bullwinkle in syndication as a kid? The shows included filler segments about a talking dog and a little boy called Peabodys Improbable History. Well, Hollywood apparently believes theres enough there to make a feature film and now we have Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Plan to go back in time Feb. 7. Muppets Most Wanted The Muppets are back and audiences once more will pretend not to notice that their voices dont sound quite the same. Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey join the cast this time. Expect a plethora of cameos, too. The Muppets return to the big screen March 21. Dolphin Tale 2 A sequel to 2011s Dolphin Tale about Clearwater Marine Aquariums dolphin Winter, this film sees most of the principal cast returning for a continuation of the story. New to the cast is Bethany Hamilton, a professional American surfer who survived a shark attack. She will be portraying herself in the movie. Dolphin Tale 2 swims into theaters Sept. 19.Scary stuff I, Frankenstein Not your average Mary Shelly adaptation, Lionsgate presents a new twist on the tale. Frankensteins monster becomes entangled in a war between two immortal clans in an ancient city. Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy star. I, Frankenstein comes to life in theaters Jan. 24. The Green Inferno Eli Roth directs this cannibal horror-thriller, which was inspired by the cult classic 1980 Italian film Cannibal Holocaust. The story follows a group of student activists who travel to the Amazon to save a dying tribe only to find themselves prisoners of those they sought to protect. The bloodbath spatters theaters beginning Sept. 5.Drama Grace of Monaco The film is focused on the personal story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly during a dispute between Monacos Prince Rainier III, and Frances Charles De Gaulle over tax laws in the early 1960s. Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III. 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