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Relay for Life raises $38,700None of the dozens of participants at the Relay for Life fundraiser had walked even a lap through Largo Central Park May 30 before they started sweating. Yet there were smiles all around of people united in a cause, and smiles brought about by the idea that their foe, cancer, might someday be beaten by their efforts. ... Page 2A.LARGO Anona hosts science eventAbout 300 parents and students were in attendance at Anona Elementarys inaugural Family Science Extravaganza. ... Page 11A.SCHOOLS POLICE BEATTwo arrested in carjackingPinellas Park police report that two arrests were made Tuesday morning in carjacking cases that began in Clearwater and Largo. Largo police report that Douglas Heale, 56, was in the drive-thru lane when he was approached by a black male with a semi-automatic handgun, who ordered him out of the car before taking the car and fleeing westbound. ... Page 5A.COMMUNITYStarkey Parkies to fundraise for giftTo raise funds for a butterfly garden at Largos Grand Villa, the Starkey Parkies will hold a three-hour-only yard sale. The support group for those dealing with Parkinsons disease hope to turn the dream of one of their members into an expression of thanks to Grand Villa. ... Page 12A.Taxable values on the rise Pinellas County Property Appraisers annual report is good news ... Page 6A. Also, check out featured acts this week such as Boston and Selwyn Birchwood ... Page 1B.Edge of Tomorrow opens this week, features Cruise, Blunt Volume XXXVI,No. 46 June 5, 2014 www.TBNweekly.com 060514 Exp. 7-15-14Exp. 7-15-14Exp. 7-15-14 Exp. 7-15-14SPA MANICURE & PEDICURE W/SHELLAC 39 SHAMPOO/CUT/STYLE 25BROW TINT & WAX 1925% OFF NEW NAILS CLIENTSCANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFERS. 12046 Indian Rocks Road, Largo 727-595-1222 www.VONailsAndSpa.comFACIALS SPA THERAPY WAXING NAILS AND MORE Not available with other offers. 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TORRESJose Godinez-Samperio of Largo graduated at the top of his high school class and passed the Florida Bar exam on his first try. But because hes not a citizen, he hasnt been given a license to practice law in the state of Florida and cant give legal opinions in his job at Gulfcoast Legal Services in Clearwater. By JULIANA A. TORRESCLEARWATER Jose Godinez-Samperio of Largo passed the Florida Bar Examination on his first try, the summer after he graduated from the Florida State University School of Law in 2011. Hes lived in Florida since he was 9, became an Eagle Scout, graduated from Armwood High School in Tampa at the top of his class and went to New College of Florida on private scholarships. By most accounts, Godinez-Samperio should have been a shoo-in for admission to the Florida Bar. But hes not a citizen. He doesnt have a green card or a visa. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners didnt know what to do with an undocumented resident from Mexico who passed the exam. I was very surprised, because I know a lot of undocumented people, and I was very surprised that none of them had even gone to law school and had that issue before, said Godinez-Samperio. The Florida Supreme Court ruled that a federal law precluded aliens like Godinez-Samperio from receiving the public benefit of a professional license. Only a state law could opt out of the federal requirement, the majority opinion stated. It was a bit of a shock to a lot of people when on March 6 of this year, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that if anyone could change it, it was the Florida legislature. It blew everything out of the water, Godinez-Samperio explained. It meant that, two and a half years after passing the bar exam, he still had more work to do to become a lawyer. The boar d of bar examiners has yet to act on the new state law that passed last month, a result of his successful lobbying effort. But Godinez-Samperios path has never been an easy one. An undocumented youthGodinez-Samperio grew up without many of his peers knowing his immigration status. He was born in Pachuca and lived in Actopan as a boy,You think about all the hurdles that somebody as Jose had to jump over in order to get to where he got. Theres not many people as tenacious as Jose.Sandy DAlemberte, lawyerCommissioners OK disputed ALFVacant church approved to be converted to 75-bed assisted living facility By JULIANA A. TORRESLARGO With a 6-1 vote June 4, Largo commissioners reversed the citys Planning Board decision, allowing for a vacant church to be converted into a 75-bed assisted living facility. The new facility at 1071 Lake Ave. NE., would be called The Lake House. Mark Gainer of Rosewood House II appealed the Planning Boards decision to the commission, requesting again that the city allow him to renovate and expand the existing building. Per the citys code, any assisted living facility serving more than 14 clients requires city approval. Commissioners expressed dismay that the Planning Board didnt record much explanation as to why three of its five members voted against the project. City staff reported that there was no discussion before the vote. I dont really understand where the planning board was coming from on this, Commissioner Curtis Holmes said. The board stated that the project did not meet the citys requirements for assisted living facilities. The church property currently is zoned institutional, but is surrounded by land that is zoned residential-suburban. Commissioner Robert Murray cited the citys restrictions for a Class 2 use what an assisted living facility is in this case. The code states that Class 2 developments are not allowed on local and minor collector roads, which make up most of the neighborhood surrounding property. So I dont understand how we can have a Class 2 use on that piece of particular property, he said. I can see how this could be denied. Principal planner Christine McLachlan pointed out Jolly wants to talk to Bay Pines patients Largo Highs 100th graduating classPhotos by JULIANA A. TORRESAbove, choral director Bill Renfroe, who is retiring this year, congratulates Alissa Hawk before she walks on stage during the Largo High School graduation ceremony June 2. Below left, James, left, and Jack Spittle stop to take a selfie, with their fellow classmates behind them, before leaving the stage. Below right, Cordell Hudson smiles from amidst his fellow graduates toward the end of the ceremony. For more, see page 4A. See DREAMER, page 13A See BAY PINES, page 4A By SUZETTE PORTERU.S. Rep. David Jolly is hosting a VA Intake Day on Tuesday, June 17, to talk to veterans who have had problems at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. With the growing VA controversy, its imperative that we hear directly from veterans about their experiences, wait times and the quality of service theyve been getting at local facilities like Bay Pines Healthcare System, Jolly said in his weekly newsletter released May 31. But unless we hear directly from veterans, we may never know if there are local problems, to what extent there are problems and what types of corrective actions need to be taken. The intake is scheduled at the Seminole District Office on the campus of St. Petersburg College, 9210 113th St., between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Veterans will be able to meet with staff and discuss their experiences. For more information, call 392-4100 In some cases, we hope by getting involved we can resolve the problems immediately, Jolly said. But this intake may also give us a clearer snapshot of what is truly happening locally. Jolly said he had spoken with the director of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System about intake day and expects Bay Pines to be ready to help. It should be noted that my staff already works on veterans casework but again, unless we hear about problems we may never know how to take corrective actions, Jolly said. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned May 30. From the beginning of the VA crisis, Ive believed personnel changes would be required and I respect the Secretarys decision, Jolly said. However, his resignation does not bring an end to the crisis, but it does provide an opportunity for the president to demonstrate his commitment to swiftly eliminate the medical waiting lists now. Im encouraged by the administrations comments Friday about quickly addressing the wait time issue and I have renewed my call for the president to remain personally engaged in this matter until every veteran has received the timely care they have earned and should expect. Gov. Rick Scott released a statement May 25 about news reports of a veteran that died at Bay Pines in April due to a misdiagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer. Theres no question that the VA is failing to keep their promises to the men and women who served our See ALF, page 4AVIEWPOINTSD-Day revisitedErnie Pyle at Normandy, part three. Page 10A.
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They were the smiles of people united in a cause, and smiles brought about by the idea that their foe, cancer, might someday be beaten by their efforts. The Relay went from 6 p.m. on Friday, May 30 to 6 a.m. to Saturday, May 31. There were 15 teams entered and the rule was simple, one member of each team had to be on the track at all times. Together, the teams raised $38,700 for cancer research going above their goal of $35,000. Becky Ciarcia of Tampa, a cancer survivor, said the more people who know about Relay for Life the better. Education and research are the only ways were going to kick this, she said. Im going to graduate as a nurse next March, and Ill be continuing the fight in that capacity. For sure, Ill be back here again. yourself, you cant be Superwoman or Superguy if you are in (too much) pain express it. The people around you will forgive you for whatever you say if they truly love you. More than 5,000 Relay for Life events are held every year in over 20 countries. The American Cancer Society is the organizing body in the United States. Rawley and her committee have already begun plans for next years Largo event. Anyone who would like to participate or find out more information can join the wrap-up party Tuesday, June 10, 5:30 p.m., at Abes Restaurant, 1250 S. Missouri Ave. in Clearwater. Ciarcia, who is attending Fortis College in Largo, said there were six members of her family at the event. Cancer is no stranger to them. In our family of six, there are six instances of cancer, she said. My dad has had a recurrence but all the rest of us are in remission. Everybody has a different journey when it comes to cancer. Largo event organizer Dawn Rawley, 33, has had quite a journey with cancer. She shared it with the crowd at the event. I was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005, and it was a long battle, she said. I had six months of chemo and a year of specialized treatment, and then I was done. That would not have been the case a few years earlier when her type of leukemia had only a 5 percent survival rate five years after diagnosis and 0 percent after 10 years. Basically, nobody survived that type of cancer. Yet when I got it, my doctor told me that it was the best type of cancer to get. Research developments had put the survival rate at over 90 percent. I got the cancer that had the cure, she said. It was that type of story that Largo High School teacher Kathryn Olidero was pleased that her students could hear. She was at the event with members of the schools Spanish Honor Society Club. They were all decked out in their red T-shirts and ready to walk for the cure. Were called the Avengers, or Los Vengadores, she said. The club has been coming to the Relay for the past eight years, and Im happy that it is here in this new location so more people will be exposed to it. Club president Emilie Davis has been a regular participant in the Relay, and for good reason. I have had a number of family members and friends who have been stricken with cancer, she Photos by BRIAN GOFFAbove, cancer survivors led by Dawn Rawley, center, in blue, make the first lap around the field in Largo Central Park at the 2014 Relay for Life fundraiser for cancer research May 30. Below, members of the Spanish Honor Society from Largo High School were out in force at the event. said. So this tugs on me as a personal cause. Davis is graduating this year and has moved to Clearwater from Largo, but said shell be back next year as a student from St. Petersburg College. Rawleys struggles living with cancer are similar to many who have been afflicted with the disease. Much of her story involves getting on with life as much as fighting the disease. I was 24 years old when I was diagnosed. My husband, Jason, had quit his job at the time because he wanted to write a book. We had saved enough money for him to be able to do that. Once I was diagnosed, he had to get his job back. Instead of writing a book, he was making sure his family was safe at home and holding my head up while I threw up after treatments, she said. Rawley said her husband, like so many other caregivers of cancer patients, had something else to contend with during the fight against the disease. Caregivers get the brunt of your anger as you recover, she said. Ive seen both sides of it. There is a lot of pain going through cancer, and there is nowhere to express it except for the people around you. I tell other cancer patients who ask me for advice to be aware of that. I tell them it will stop, and the intensity of the treatment will subside. Another important piece of advice Rawley said is not to try to go it alone. Surround yourself with people who are positive and who can help you get through it. Always accept the help that people offer you even if you dont need it, she said. 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The Largo foundation was awarded for its annual Art Hop and Taste Fest, in its seventh year. It is an honor to receive this recognition from the Florida Library Association and know that the hard work of many in our Largo community who use their time, talents and treasures to make this event happen every year are being honored, stated foundation president Lynn Pippenger. The Art Hop and Taste Fest features displays by more than 30 artists and artisans and samplings from over a dozen fine restaurants and bakeries. Most of the event takes place in the library, but it also incorporates a bus ride to participating local businesses throughout the evening. The business owners love to be included and have found that the traffic generated by the event has a lasting positive effect on their traffic, narrative submitted for the award stated. The foundation has one paid employee who provides direction, but the event has always been community and volunteer driven. This year, more than 250 tickets were sold for the event, with about 300 people in attendance, raising $18,000. The foundation also has taken responsibility for programming the artwork for the library gallery, dubbed the Gallery 120 @ Largo Public Library. Previously overlooked by patrons, this large space now boasts some of the best local artistic talent available. The foundation also provides funding for the English Language Learning Program, the iPads for Innovative Services Project, mobility carts for public service, library staff travel and training, and furniture and display purchases. Photo courtesy of the GREATER LARGO LIBRARY FOUNDATIONPictured with the Outstanding Program Award given to the Greater Largo Library Foundation May 8 are, from left, Iris Shalot, foundation board member; Deborah Hohler, chair of the Library Associations, Friends, Foundations and Boards; Scott Thompson, Largo foundation CEO; Lynn Pippenger, foundation president/COO of GLLF, and Patricia Bell, foundation board member. City calendar City calendarHighland Recreation ComplexHighland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Visit High landRecreation.com, LargoPools.com or call 518-3016.Tidalwave Tuesdays returnsLARGO The Highland Family Aquatic Center will host Teen Tidalwave Tuesdays June 10, 17 and 24, 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $3 and open to middle and high school youth. Splashs Snack Bar will be open. Learn Hot Hula at HighlandLARGO Highland Recreation Complex will host Hot Hula Bash Saturday, June 14, 1:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. 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4A Largo Leader, June 5, 2014country, Scott said. This case demonstrates that the problems weve seen at VA hospitals is institutional and have been going on far too long. State inspectors were turned away at Bay Pines after the governor ordered inspections of all the states VA hospitals. Scott vowed to sue the U.S. Veterans Affairs May 28 after inspectors from the state agency for Health Administration were turned away at the federal veterans facilities. As the chief health policy and planning entity for the state that licenses, inspects and investigates consumer complaints, AHCA should be allowed access to federal VA hospitals to inspect their processes and facilities, Scott said. On seven separate occasions at six federal VA hospitals, however, state inspectors have been blocked by federal officials from carrying out their mission of ensuring facilities in Florida meet the healthcare needs of our veterans. The governors request for the lawsuit was made prior to Shinsekis resignation, which Scott said was a good first step in much needed reform in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. AHCA submitted a Freedom of Information Act appeal May 30 for records the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to provide. The governor said the request is in addition to the lawsuit AHCA is preparing to file for the right to gain access to VA hospitals. With 1.5 million veterans that call Florida home, were committed to being the most veteranfriendly state in the nation and reports of deaths, neglect, poor conditions and a secret waiting list in federal VA hospitals in Florida are unacceptable, Scott said. BAY PINES, from page 1ALargo Highs valedictorian, salutatorian address their classmates Photos by JULIANA A. TORRESValedictorian Tristan Brockwell, left, and salutatorian Haval Hakki, are pictured in the courtyard of Largo High School. By JULIANA A. TORRESLARGO This years valedictorian of Largo High School will attend Yale University on a full scholarship this fall. Tristan Brockwell had a long list of thanks to offer in the speech to his fellow graduates June 2, not the least of which was for the high school itself. He ended his speech with a message one of his classmates wrote in his yearbook. Go show that Ivy League school what it means to come from Larghetto, he quoted. It is absolutely with Packer Pride that I will be heading off to Yale. Brockwell, the only child of Robert and Barbara Brockwell, was born and raised in Largo. His list of academic accomplishments is only the beginning of why Yale invited him to their campus. Along with being a member of several honor societies, Brockwell is a National Advanced Placement Scholar, with high scores on all 12 of the Advanced Placement exams he took. His final GPA was 4.88. He represented Pinellas County in the State Academic Team Challenge. He has kept busy by being involved in all three of the schools fine arts programs: chorus, band and drama. From day one, I wanted to make the most of four years of school I have left. I had to make sure I hadnt left any opportunities pass me by, Brockwell said. Brockwell is a percussionist in the band program. He played the Tin Man in the schools production of The Wizard of Oz this year. But he blossomed most in chorus, he said. The choral program has been my real home. Mr. Renfroe does a great job really making that special for all of us, he said. Choral Director Bill Renfroe, who is retiring this year, introduced Brockwell during the graduation ceremony. Brockwell was a member of the acclaimed Madrigal Singers for the last three years and a twotime member of the All-State Chorus. He admitted during his speech that his successes did not extend into sports. I figured out pretty quickly that the only way for me to get onto the Largo High School football field was to join the marching band, he said. And so cymbals in hand, I got to watch what I believe is the greatest high school football team play for the last four years. Brockwell intends to pursue a career in the medical field, perhaps in cellular biology or biophysics, he said. He also hopes to keep up his extracurricular activities. Yale has a fabulous music program. Id love to be a part of it, he said. Brockwell encouraged his classmates to not let challenges pull them off course. He didnt let being born deaf in his left ear slow him down, nor let the fact that the school administration wasnt planning to offer AP physics stop him from rallying support to convince them otherwise. Brockwell had one more message for the high school administration, which will be building an entirely new school over the next two years. I challenge you to ensure the infrastructure of the new Largo High School is as fabulous as the exterior is likely to be, he said. The salutatorianSalutatorian Haval Hakki will attend the University of Florida in the fall and likely pursue a degree that will prepare him for a medical career, possibly in genetics. He was the first to admit that his list of extracurricular activities was not as long as Brockwells. Im not really a social person, he said to his fellow graduates. Frankly, Im not the kind of person that would be giving such a big speech in front of, wow, hundreds of people. Hakki has lived in Largo most of his life. He is the oldest of four sons born to Istabrak and Hadi Hakki, Kurdish immigrants who came to the United States from Iraq to escape the Saddam Hussein regime. During his career at Largo High School, Hakki took 14 Advanced Placement classes and had a final GPA of 4.61. Ive always wanted to try my best in the academic aspect; I always like to challenge myself, he said in an interview before graduation. He said his best contributions to Largo High School were helping the school win first place in the county for a French Honor Society skit. It was a challenge to put together the performance within the parameters of the contest and time restraints at the time. There was not enough time, but we somehow got it done, and it was a miracle we did, he said. He is most appreciative of the teachers who offered him their best. Some of the teachers at Largo really put their heart and soul into their jobs, and it really shows, he said. He told his class that they would miss even those with whom he didnt necessarily form deep relationships, but who were integral to his experience at Largo. You guys are what made Largo High School, Largo High School, if you catch what Im saying, he said with a smile. Largo High Schools graduation Largo High Schools graduation Photos by JULIANA A. TORRESAbove, School Board member Rene Flowers shakes hands with a Largo High School graduate on stage June 2. Top center, graduate Robert Conrad poses for a photo with Principal Brad Finkbiner. At right, as valedictorian Tristan Brockwell leads the students off Tropicana Field amidst a receiving line of teachers, his collection of metals make him sound a bit like the Tin Man he portrayed in Largo Highs production of The Wizard of Oz this year. Below, members of Largo High Schools 100th graduating class listen to their class speakers. Above, Kamira Dye shakes hands with Deputy Superintendent William Corbett as she makes her way across the stage during the graduation ceremony June 2. Below, graduating seniors line up to be called on stage. that the facilitys address is on Lake Avenue, which is not a minor road. City Attorney Alan Zimmet explained that the code in question could be clearer, but staff had recommended approval of the project based on how the city historically had interpreted the code. We need to address this when we review the code, Zimmet said. Until we had this discussion a couple of weeks ago, it really hadnt come up. Murray also said the assisted living facility would draw more traffic to the neighborhood. Even though it was previously a church, typically those have higher traffic volumes at certain times, certainly more than an ALF does, McLachlan said, clarifying city staffs position on the matter. We consider this to be a reduction from that previous use in traffic. Commissioners also speculated whether representatives from the nearby retirement community, The Palms, had any influence on the decision to deny the request. But the majority argued that the 75-bed facility was not a true competition for The Palms, neither in size nor in its targeted clients. The Lake House would serve residents who paid through Medicaid, offering affordable monthly fees. Commissioner Harriet Crozier said the project was addressing the needs of the community. She pointed out that the recently completed Pinellas Heights project, providing affordable housing for seniors, was already 100 percent leased. There is a big need for this, Crozier said. I see this as an important venture for us to approve. Mayor Pat Gerard, who is the chief operating officer for Family Resources, agreed. I know that from my work in my other life, that the need for ALF beds right now is pretty high, she said. The recent changes in Medicaid are forcing a lot more people out of nursing homes and into ALF, for which we dont have beds. The commission did decide to impose three conditions on their approval. The project must not have an impervious surface ratio of more than 40 percent of the entire property; developers must remove 0.7 acres of asphalt in place of landscaping, and the building must not be above two stories high.Murray was the sole vote against the property. He said he wasnt opposed to the idea of a new assisted living facility, but couldnt support the project based on his interpretation of the citys code for such facilities. ALF, from page 1A
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At around 11 p.m., she was driving through the parking lot on her way out when she stopped for an unknown reason and got out of the car while it was still in drive. She sideswiped a parked car before she was pinned. Police speculate that she was possibly trying to get back into her car or catch up to it when she was trapped between the two cars. Her car was perpendicular to the parked cars in the lot, according to reports. She was caught between the drivers side of her car as it came to rest against the rear of another car that was properly parked in a spot. Hospital security found her pinned and called for help. The vehicle was still in drive when paramedics arrived and separated the cars to treat the driver. McChesney died as a result of her injuries. No charges are expected in the case, which is still under investigation.87-year-old hit in CVS parking lotSEMINOLE A vehicle driven by an 88-year-old hit an 87-year-old in the parking lot of the CVS, 7405 Starkey Road in Seminole just after 11 a.m. May 27. According to Pinellas County Sheriffs deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team, Florianne Daprile of Seminole was standing near her car with her cart when the driver of a 2002 Chrysler 300 began to back out of a parking space. The driver of the Chrysler, Moonyeen Everett also of Seminole backed in to Daprile, pinning her under the right front wheel. The driver of the Chrysler then continued to drive, dragging Daprile several feet before coming to stop. Daprile was transported to a local hospital via Bayflite with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Chrysler was not injured during the crash. Aromatherapy is front for prostitutionPINELLAS PARK Pinellas Park Police charged a St. Petersburg woman with prostitution and unlicensed practice of health care profession May 27. Police received reports of prostitution and unlicensed massage taking place at Executive Nineteen, 6541 44th St. N. in Pinellas Park in April. An investigation concluded with the arrest of Teresa Duckett Wallace, 41. According to a police report, Wallace did commit these offenses in the presence of detectives and admitted to the same. The police report also said that the city of Pinellas Park had issued a Business Tax Receipt to Wayne Replogle whose application stated that the business was Aromatherapy. The observations made by detectives lent no credibility to that fact, and it was obvious based on their investigation that the business was being used for prostitution, the report continued. Executive Nineteen was advertised on Backpage.com and Creative Loafing offering Seductive Ladies for a Flat Fee. Police provided examples of the advertisements, including, Meet the sexy ladies of Executive Nineteen. Located in Pinellas Park close to all major highways and interstates. We offer a relaxing environment with nice furnishings. We strive to make your time with us memorable and exciting. We have exotic redheads, blondes and brunettes available 6 days a week to meet YOUR needs! The front page of the businesss website, www.executive19.com shows photos for five women with no mention of aromatherapy. Police said that Replogle denied any knowledge of what took place in the business and said that he was asked to get a BTR for the girls. He said that his presence was to serve as a deterrent to visitors at the business, and told the girls not to do anything they didnt want to do. Wayne Replogle was issued a notice of revocation of his BTR by the city. Wallace was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Bond was set at $2,250.Man rescues swimmer in distressST. PETE BEACH Pinellas County Sheriffs deputies say quick action by a man visiting from New York saved a Georgia man in danger of drowning off St. Pete Beach Tuesday evening. Deputies responded about 6:52 p.m. May 27 after receiving a 911 call about a distressed swimmer on St. Pete Beach close to the 3600 block of Gulf Boulevard. According to deputies, Terry Strecker, 66, of Smyrna, Georgia swam from shore out to the swim bouys. When he was about 100 yards from shore, he became tired and could not return. Strecker began yelling for help as he began to go under several times. James DiFrancesco, 29, of Kenmore, New York and his wife heard the cries for help and saw Strecker beginning to go under. DiFrancesco began to swim to him. Deputies said Strecker was near exhaustion as DiFrancesco reached him. DiFrancesco was able to get him back to shore safely. His wife called 911. St. Pete Beach Fire Department treated Strecker at the scene and kept him under observation. Deputies said the incident happened on an isolated stretch of beach with no other persons in the area and that DiFrancescos quick actions likely saved Streckers life. Teresa Wallace Two arrested in carjacking By SUZETTE PORTERPINELLAS PARK Pinellas Park police report that two arrests were made Tuesday morning in carjacking cases that began in Clearwater and Largo. About 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, a carjacking occurred at Morton Plant Hospital, which was being investigated by the Clearwater Police Department. Somewhere between the hospital and Pinellas Park, the vehicle was observed and followed into Pinellas Park. The driver crashed into a fence on 94th Avenue west of 66th Street. Two suspects fled from the vehicle, and police began a search west and north of the area, which included Cross Bayou Elementary. Because the search began prior to the beginning of classes, Cross Bayou Elementary was placed on lockout, which prevented the children from entering the school until officers could make sure it was safe. Pinellas Park police conferred with school police, and the children were allowed to enter and the school was then placed on lockdown. A short time later, the search was discontinued, but police maintained a heavy presence in the area. Police were preparing to clear the scene when a resident called to report that her backyard shed had been disturbed. We deployed resources to the area and learned that a subject matching the description of one of the suspects that fled the vehicle, reported Adam Geissenberger, Pinellas Park PD public information officer. We deployed officers and K-9 units into the area and received support from the sheriffs aviation unit. Pinellas Park police informed Cross Bayou Elementary and recommended that the school be placed on lockdown again. Police also noticed Woodside Hospice and recommended that it also be placed on lockdown. While pursuing one subject, an officer observed a subject coming out Cross Bayou Canal. He was taken into custody without incident about 8:42 a.m. About an hour later, Pinellas Park police located a second suspect and also took him into custody. Both suspects were taken to Pinellas Park Police Department where they were interviewed by Clearwater police. Largo police also interviewed the suspects in connection with a carjacking at McDonalds at 7901 Ulmerton Road in Largo about 10:32 p.m. June 2. Largo police report that Douglas Heale, 56, was in the drive-thru lane when he was approached by a black male with a semi-automatic handgun, who ordered him out of the car before taking the car and fleeing westbound. Edwin Tyree Washington, 15, of Clearwater was charged with two counts of carjacking. One charge was by Clearwater police and the second by Largo police. Roy Powell Jr., 17, of St. Petersburg was charged by Clearwater police with one count of carjacking. Pinellas Park police charged him with two counts of burglary.
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Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov released the 2014 estimates of change in taxable values May 29. There are some good signs of an improving market, including an estimated increase in the just market value of real property of over 10 percent, Dubov said. The value of new construction is up to $298 million approximately 40 percent over 2013. She pointed out that preliminary estimates lack some the larger tangible personal property accounts, which could add or subtract from the totals. Tangible personal property includes items such as business equipment and machinery, said Amanda Coffey with the Property Appraisers Office. She said it is typical for larger companies to apply for an extension, giving them until Mid-May to file their paperwork. Dubovs staff is still working to complete those estimates. We dont anticipate a huge percentage change, Coffey said. Millage rates for the different taxing authorities, with the exception of emergency medical services, transportation and Pinellas Park Water Management District, are applied to the value of tangible property and added to the tax bill. The money collected goes to the taxing authority in which the property is located. Taxes on real property bring in the most money to government coffers. Property owners with increased values will likely have larger tax bills next year even if millage rates stay the same. Some areas of the county will see bigger increases in tax bills than others due to the variety in changes of taxable values. This is the second year values have increased after four years of losses. The estimates for 2014 are nearly double last years gain of about 3 percent. Dubov will certify the tax rolls on July 1 and report final values to the taxing authorities. Dubov will mail truth in millage notices with tentative millage rates and potential tax bills to property owners Aug. 22.Countywide estimatesThe countys general fund will profit from the 5.63 percent increase in total taxable values compared to 2013. The dollar value of almost $3.2 billion includes a 6.1 percent gain in real property tax values plus new construction and tangible personal property. The dollar value for Emergency Medical Services is about $3.2 billion, about $724 million for the municipal taxing district (unincorporated county), $3.9 billion for the school district, nearly $2.9 billion for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and about $418 million for the Pinellas Library Cooperative. Annual property tax bills are calculated using the millage rate from the different taxing authorities and applying it to the property value minus homestead and other exemptions. County staff is currently working to balance its revenue against requests for more money coming from its departments, independent agencies and Constitutional Officers. The Sheriffs Office alone has requested an additional $15 million. A breakdown in negotiations with local fire departments will likely lead to less than anticipated budget savings for emergency medical services. Business Technology Services has requested $725,000 in additional funding. After four years of budget cuts, the increase in property values also could help restore money to departments with the most need, such as code enforcement and environmental management.Municipal estimatesThe town of Redington Beach leads the county with an 8.80 percent increase in real property values. Add in the preliminary estimate for tangible property, which is down slightly, the towns total taxable value is up by about 8.19 percent compared to 2013. In real dollars, that translates to about $27.2 million more in taxable value than last year. Several other beach towns are among municipalities with the biggest jump in taxable values. The estimated increases are as follows. Dollar values are rounded. Total taxable value includes tangible property and new construction. Redington Beach 8.89 percent real property values, 8.19 percent total taxable value, or $27.2 million Indian Rocks Beach 7.75 percent real property, 7.65 percent total taxable, or $59.5 million Redington Shores 7.76 percent real property, 7.51 percent total taxable, or $37 million St. Petersburg 7.56 percent real property, 6.98 percent total taxable, or $876 million Indian Shores 7.46 percent real property, 7.31 percent total taxable, or $47.3 million Belleair Shore 7.42 percent real property, 7.41 percent, or $7.6 million North Redington Beach 7.40 percent and 7.41 percent, or $28.4 million Belleair Beach 7.13 percent and 7.10 percent total taxable, or $28.2 million Treasure Island 6.68 percent and 6.55 percent total taxable, or $85.2 million Oldsmar 6.53 percent real property, 6.13 percent total taxable, or $64 million Dunedin 6.29 percent real property, 6.05 percent total taxable, or $106.3 million South Pasadena 6.25 percent real property, 5.34 percent total taxable, or $23.2 million Gulfport 6.20 percent real property, 5.98 percent total taxable, or $39.2 million St. Pete Beach 5.98 percent real property, 5.74 percent total taxable, or $118.5 million Madeira Beach 5.8 percent real property, 5.72 percent total taxable, or $49.2 million Safety Harbor 5.76 percent real property, 5.04 percent total taxable, or $48.7 million Tarpon Springs 5.7 percent real property, 5.57 percent total taxable, or $73.4 million Clearwater 5.63 percent real property, 5.27 percent total taxable, or $407.5 million Belleair Bluffs 5.45 percent real property, 5.20 percent total taxable, or $8.5 million Kenneth City 5.24 percent real property, 4.51 percent total taxable, or $5.2 million Seminole 5.11 percent real property, 4.75 percent total taxable, or $46.4 million Largo 4.73 percent real property, 3.41 percent total taxable, or $131.2 million Belleair 4.42 percent real property, 4.35 percent total taxable, or $25.4 million Pinellas Park 3.97 percent real property, 3.97 percent total taxable, or $103.1 million For more information, visit www.pcpao.org.
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No one cared more about ensuring the integrity of election results. As chairman of the Pinellas County Canvassing Board, his knowledge of the election process was both invaluable and unprecedented. He generously shared his wealth of experience with county judges statewide by conducting seminars and mentoring those who chaired canvassing boards in other counties. He will be truly missed, and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sue and his family. The Clearwater Bar Association awarded Caddell with the George W. Greer Judicial Independence Award May 16 during the annual Law Day Awards presentation. The award honors Judge George W. Greer for the work he did on the Terri Schaivo case. The award is not something the association bestows every year as it goes only to those who act with courageous judicial independence, sometimes involving an unpopular decision that excites the mob. Sometimes it involves siding with the little guy against the substantial power of the government, according to a statement released by the association prior to the award ceremony. Caddells recognition was for the way he handled a case of a St. Petersburg physician who received a citation for a scrolling message on a sign in front of his office. The citys sign ordinance allowed certain venues more leeway in operations of their signs than it did others. Caddell found that the double standard violated the equal protection clause and struck down a portion of the ordinance. According to a statement from the Clearwater Bar, when the physician thanked Caddell for recognizing the natural born rights I have of free speech, Caddell said, Its what I do for a living. Dont think youre anything special. This is the kind of judicial independence that we should all appreciate, the association said. Caddell received other awards during his time on the bench. In 2005, he was the only judge to receive the Governors Peace at Home: Stopping Domestic Violence Award. He also received a Leadership Award for reducing domestic violence. In 2001, he received a Special Recognition Award for his work with the Florida Association of County Judges Public Education of the Courts Team. He received an Outstanding Service Award in 1998. He took the lead in the creation of Courtroom 23 at the Justice Center to allow first appearance advisory hearings to take place in the same location each day, including weekends and holidays. He had picnic tables installed in the judges parking lot. He also served on the Judicial Management Committee, an advisory committee to the Chief Judge. He was a former president of the Family Service Centers of Pinellas County and a former member of the Girls Club of Pinellas Park Board of Directors, Pinellas-Pasco District V Mental Health Board and District V Long Term Cares Guardianship Task Force. He was a graduate of Lakewood High School, the University of Florida and Stetson University College of Law. He lived in Seminole and was married to Suzanne Caddell. Pinellas County Judge Patrick Caddell Fertilizer ban in effect through SeptemberThe partners of the Be Floridian fertilizer education campaign remind Pinellas County residents that they cant apply nitrogen or phosphorous to lawn and landscape plants from June through September. Garden centers in Pinellas County offer a variety of summersafe yard products, most made by Florida companies, that will help you keep your landscape green and growing throughout our long, hot summer. These products comply fully with Pinellas Countys fertilizer ordinance ensuring that our efforts to maintain an attractive landscape dont pollute our ponds, lakes, bays and the Gulf of Mexico. True Floridians know better than to fertilize in the summer, when our frequent rains can wash fertilizer residues down storm drains and into our waters. Instead, they follow these Floridafriendly lawn care practices: Pump some iron. An application of iron, readily available at most garden centers, will keep your lawn green during the summer. Micro-size It. Apply micronutrients such as potassium and magnesium to keep your grass healthy. Look for fertilizers with as the first two numbers on the bag, such as 0-0-16. Get Better Dirt. Mix in composted cow or chicken manure, or homemade compost, to enrich the soil. Its like giving vitamins to your yard. Pick better plants. Buy plants adapted to Floridas hot, humid climate and plant them in the right place according to their sun and water needs. Theyll need less water, fertilizer and chemicals year-round. For more tips on how to Be Floridian, visit www.befloridian.org. For more on the Pinellas County Fertilizer Ordinance visit www.pinellascounty.org/environment/watershed/fertilizer.htm.
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The new facility is situated in a premier location at 100 Beach Drive in the downtown district. According to Ginger McQuigg, vice president of residential sales for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group, the convenient new location boasts high visibility on Beach Drive and expands the companys ability to serve the greater St. Petersburg area. There are three rules in real estate location, location, location, said McQuigg in a press release. This new office is ideally located in the center of a thriving business community near popular shopping and dining establishments and art galleries. This is a highly visible well-traveled street which will benefit our clients and sales executives. The opening of this new office is a strategic move for our company in that it allows us to further strengthen our presence in Pinellas County particularly within a premier location such as downtown St. Petersburg, said Dewey Mitchell, co-owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group. We are in a unique position that enables us to continue to grow thereby confirming our ongoing commitment to better serve our clients and our strong belief in the Greater Tampa Bay real estate market. The office is scheduled to open in July. Plans for a grand opening event will be unveiled soon.Endless Seas Boat Sales opensST. PETERSBURG Endless Seas Boat Sales, a new consignment boat dealership recently opened in St. Petersburg at 8330 Bay Pines Blvd. The business offers consignment sales but also will buy boats and take trades. For those wishing to sell their boat, the business offers boat pick-up service and provides free storage at the dealership while the boat sells. Visit www.EndlesSeasBoatSales.com.PODS, Toys for Tots partner CLEARWATER Announcing a fifth year of working with the U.S. Marine Corps to spread holiday cheer, PODS Enterprises Inc.s chief marketing officer, George Spowart, said his company is committed to providing container services in support of the Toys for Tots drive during the 2014 holiday season. Spowart said the PODS family is enthusiastic about working again with Toys for Tots in their local communities to bring joy to underserved children. It is truly an honor to work with such a respected organization that has such a big impact on the lives of families in need, Spowart said in a press release. PODS has provided containers to hold the gifts collected during holiday toy drives in each of the last four years. Most recently, 483 PODS containers were delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps toy drive across the United States at an estimated value of $347,000. PODS made an additional donation to the cause by contributing one dollar for every 10 likes it received on its Facebook page. Were incredibly thankful for our relationship with PODS, said retired Marine Maj. Bill Grein, vice president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. With their generous logistic support, we were able to save tens of thousands of dollars. They are an instrumental part of us being able to fulfill the Christmas dreams of over 6.7 million less fortunate children. Baycrest Veterinary Hospital opensST. PETERSBURG Baycrest Veterinary Hospital officially opened its doors June 2 at 2228 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. This new facility features stateof-the-art diagnostic equipment and facilities. Baycrest will practice the most modern veterinary medicine, said Dr. Catherine Arthur in a press release. Arthur is the lead veterinarian. All patient records will be digital and accessible through the Web. All X-rays, both regular and dental, will be digital and all blood work will automatically be put into the records. The facility will have a full suite of advanced X-ray equipment as well as a modern blood laboratory. The medicine practiced will be focused on the patient, and the entire staff will work to take the mystery out of the test results and recommended courses of treatment. We want our patients owners to know what health problems are present, and what the options are for treatment, Arthur said. As a special grand opening offer, owners can call 954-8820 for a free pet check-up as an See BRIEFCASE, page 9A
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For more information or to reserve a table, visit bluffsbusiness association.com or contact Bonnie Trembulak at 686-8797. The Bluffs Business Association welcomes new member Roxys Frozen Yogurt Cafe with a ribbon cutting May 22. Roxys is at 2838 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs. Pictured is owner George Taninatz cutting the ribbon.BBA welcomes new member BRIEFCASE, from page 8ASeminole man brings the gift of hearing around the world By BRIAN GOFFSEMINOLE Mike Wheeler is a man who likes to help people, people who dont have the means to help themselves, and he does it all over the world. Wheeler is a licensed hearing aid specialist and is nationally board certified in hearing instrument sciences. He sells Audibel devices in Seminole and surrounding towns and counties. But it isnt close to home where Wheelers philanthropy usually comes into play; it is in places such as Peru, Mexico and the Philippines. Wheeler spends weeks travelling and bringing hearing aids to people in those countries. It means hes away from his family and business for long stretches of time. He does it, he said, because he can. Everybody genuinely wants to do something good and feel like you can make a difference, he said. The average person just cant get up and go somewhere to help others. I happen, by luck, to have something in my profession and a company that has given me the tools and the opportunity to do this. Wheeler said going to a place and providing hearing aids is a time consuming and somewhat complicated event. First we have to go into a community and form a relationship with the people, he said. Then we find the children who need help and do tests, after that we fit them. Ear molds have to be made. After that there is the follow-up. Someone has to keep an eye on the patients and make sure batteries are replaced and proper maintenance is done and so on. Often, said Wheeler, he encounters people who know nothing about hearing aids at all. In some parts of Africa their world is only as big as their eyes can see, he said. It is a tiny world they live in. Show them a phone and they are amazed. Hearing aids and batteries are foreign to them. You cant imagine the look on their face when a child hears for the first time; the 3rd world countries. I got involved and do five or six missions a year both in the United States and abroad. This year has turned into a busy one for Wheeler, who brings his daughter Juliet, 20, with him on most missions. Since September with my daughter Ive gone to Peru, then in December the Philippines, in January the Dominican Republic and in April we went to the West Bank and Jerusalem. Closer to home, in February, Wheeler did what he calls the Super Bowl Mission. He went to New York City and helped innercity kids who cant afford hearing aids. None of this is cheap. While the people who get the help dont pay anything, it does cost to conduct a mission. Wheeler said there are sponsors involved and often he pays for a mission himself. The West Bank trip cost $125,000, the Super Bowl Mission, $75,000. That brings back the question: why does he do it? Why does he take so much time and money to help people hes never met and will likely never meet again? Wheeler said it is simple. It is almost selfish, he said. The reality of it is I need these missions way more than they need me. They do way more for me than I ever do for them; the people have done great things for me. When you finish a mission and dont get choked up, then you are not human. responses and expressions are quite something. While it would be somewhat difficult, if not impossible, to speak to a small child in Africa who is able to hear for the first time, one can get a sense of what it must be like from a local patient of Wheelers. Rene Piche, 78, of Treasure Island, has had his hearing restored and he can only imagine what it must be like for a small child overseas. That has to be unbelievable for a child, he said. The world sounded like something else to me. It must be incredible for a child 3 or 4 or 5 years old. Piche said before he had his hearing restored he was constantly frustrated with what was going on around him. If you go out to a meeting or a reunion, you only hear half of the stories. You really dont hear at all. Wheeler got involved in overseas work by knowing Bill Austin, a man in his 70s, who started a foundation to help the less fortunate overseas. The Starkey Hearing Foundation is now involved in Operation Change and Wheeler said Austin was a role model for him. He spends 300 days a year in Photo courtesy of AUDIBEL HEARING AID CENTERSMike Wheeler high-fives a young Peruvian boy after the youth gets a hearing aid. 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Leader, June 5, 201410A ViewpointsI recently learned that before long millions of people may be living in miniature homes called micropods miniature houses or apartments that, while cramped, will still provide the necessary elements of a genuine home. The reasons given for this possible trend are that (a) the average American will not be able to afford the old-fashioned home that includes a couple thousand square feet of interior living space, and (b) our population is growing so fast that well eventually run out of available big-time living spaces even if we were all millionaires. The persistence of homelessness is also a spur toward developing micro-houses or micropods. In 2013, an estimated 610,000 men, women and children slept without shelter every night. A few cities have already begun trying the Tiny House solution to homelessness. While no one suggests that tiny homes are a permanent fix for homeless persons, micropods can be regarded as at least a beginning. Persons living in a micropod are off the street, and therefore not subject to being arrested for vagrancy or other municipal offenses. Or being mugged by thugs. The typical U.S. home has 2,600 square feet. Tomorrows tiny houses will require only 100 to 400 square feet. Would you be willing or able to undertake having such a snug home? Who knows? You may already have endured living like a sardine, at least for a short time. Example: a Pullman berth on a passenger train. That can be either romantic, or dangerous. I once knew a young married couple who were devoted to one another until they traveled from Miami to Boston, sharing Pullman accommodations all the way. By the time they reached Baltimore they had learned more about each other than they ever wanted to know. Physical closeness can breed either passion or mutual contempt. Second example: military service. It can be excellent training for living in a micropod. For several years in the Navy every clothing article and other personal possession I owned I kept in a foot locker the size of a suitcase. A sailor who is suddenly transferred to another ship must be ready to pack all his belongings into a single seabag. As a civilian, I sometimes still feel guilty when I buy an extra shirt or toothbrush. Speaking of sailors: anyone who has lived aboard a sailboat or powerboat will probably view a micropod as a palace, relatively speaking. Id wager that many micropod designers first learned their skills while working for boat builders. But on a boat theres still room to move about to go topside and feel the breeze. A micropod will not afford that luxury. Once inside a micropod, thats it, folks. Wiggle room just wont exist. A micropod will require its occupant to double up. The kitchen sink may also serve as the bathroom sink. A bed surface can be converted into a desk or a dining area. Does the prospect of making such arrangements charm you? Me, neither. As a spouse arrives home at the end of a workday, he or she would not have to announce, Honey, Im home! The moment he opens the front door hed be facing his beloved from about 2 feet away. Micropod residents wont have to worry about having dinner parties. There wont be enough room to entertain anyone, unless they are terrifically skinny. As we read about micropods and the adventure of living in restricted quarters, we quickly become aware that much of the human race is already dwelling in sub-standard arrangements that would make a modern micropod seem like paradise. In many Chinese cities, ant tribes are common gatherings of workers jammed into stinking hovels. Around the globe today, landlords are able to charge outrageous rental fees. Postage-stamp-sized apartments in Manhattan cost $2,000 a month or more, and desperate city-dwellers gladly get in line to grab one. In all the research and chatter that centers on how to get people to live in small spaces, one important truth is sometimes ignored. It is this: in most humans, there is an inescapable need to be alone for part of each day, even for just an hour, in a quiet, private space a bedroom, a garage, a woodshed. A micropod will answer that need, but only for one person at a time. Two at the most. After that, there simply wont be room for the tranquility that solitude provides. Logic therefore suggests that the primary market for micropods will be recluses, loners and others who choose to live alone. That describes millions of todays citizens. But micropods, its hoped, will at least bring the price down.Bob Driver is a former columnist for the Clearwater Sun. 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This is the last of Pyles columns that Tampa Bay Newspapers is running in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1994.NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 17, 1944 In the preceding column we told about the D-day wreckage among our machines of war that were expended in taking one of the Normandy beaches. But there is another and more human litter. It extends in a thin little line, just like a high-water mark, for miles along the beach. This is the strewn personal gear, gear that will never be needed again, of those who fought and died to give us our entrance into Europe. Here in a jumbled row for mile on mile are soldiers packs. Here are socks and shoe polish, sewing kits, diaries, Bibles and hand grenades. Here are the latest letters from home, with the address on each one neatly razored out one of the security precautions enforced before the boys embarked. Here are toothbrushes and razors, and snapshots of families back home staring up at you from the sand. Here are pocketbooks, metal mirrors, extra trousers, and bloody, abandoned shoes. Here are broken-handled shovels, and portable radios smashed almost beyond recognition, and mine detectors twisted and ruined. Here are torn pistol belts and canvas water buckets, first-aid kits and jumbled heaps of lifebelts. I picked up a pocket Bible with a soldiers name in it, and put it in my jacket. I carried it half a mile or so and then put it back down on the beach. I dont know why I picked it up, or why I put it back down. Soldiers carry strange things ashore with them. In every invasion youll find at least one soldier hitting the beach at H-hour with a banjo slung over his shoulder. The most ironic piece of equipment marking our beach this beach of first despair, then victory is a tennis racket that some soldier had brought along. It lies lonesomely on the sand, clamped in its rack, not a string broken. Two of the most dominant items in the beach refuse are cigaretes and writing paper. Each soldier was issued a carton of cigaretes just before he started. Today these cartons by the thousands, water-soaked and spilled out, mark the line of our first savage blow. Writing paper and airmail envelopes come second. The boys had intended to do a lot of writing in France. Letters that would have filled those blank, abandoned pages. Always there are dogs in every invasion. There is a dog still on the beach today, still pitifully looking for his masters. He stays at the waters edge, near a boat that lies twisted and half sunk at the water line. He barks appealingly to every soldier who approaches, trots eagerly along with him for a few feet, and then, sensing himself unwanted in all this haste, runs back to wait in vain for his own people at his own empty boat. **** Over and around this long thin line of personal anguish, fresh men today are rushing vast supplies to keep our armies pushing on into France. Other squads of men pick amidst the wreckage to salvage ammunition and equipment that are still usable. Men worked and slept on the beach for days before the last D-day victim was taken away for burial. I stepped over the form of one youngster whom I thought dead. But when I looked down I saw he was only sleeping. He was very young, and very tired. He lay on one elbow, his hand suspended in the air about six inches from the ground. And in the palm of his hand he held a large, smooth rock. I stood and looked at him a long time. He seemed in his sleep to hold that rock lovingly, as though it were his last link with a vanishing world. I have no idea at all why he went to sleep with the rock in his hand, or what kept him from dropping it once he was asleep. It was just one of those little things without explanation that a person remembers for a long time. **** The strong, swirling tides of the Normandy coastline shift the contours of the sandy beach as they move in and out. They carry soldiers bodies out to sea, and later they return them. They cover the corpses of heroes with sand, and then in their whims they uncover them. As I plowed out over the wet sand of the beach on that first day ashore, I walked around what seemed to be a couple of pieces of driftwood sticking out of the sand. But they werent driftwood. They were a soldiers two feet. He was completely covered by the shifting sands except for his feet. The toes of his GI shoes pointed toward the land he had come so far to see, and which he saw so briefly. number of Jews and Muslims in the United States. Yet everyone is very careful not to negatively comment on those groups. Thump the Bible or whatever, if it assuages fear of a mythical hell. Just quit doing it on our tax dollar. And that goes for the Supremes and their recent ridiculous decision regarding prayer before governmental meetings. In their great wisdom they also decided that corporations are people. At least the liberal leanings, as you put it, of a newspaper dont become law. Frank M. Barker SeminoleAcknowledge responsibility on global warmingEditor: I would suggest there is a way to eliminate the skepticism with which global warming is greeted by some, especially those who have elected to engage in the politicization of the issue. I refer mostly to those on the far right of the political spectrum who have allowed themselves to be duped into playing puppet for the American Energy industry. What those of us living in the world of reality must do, if there is any possibility of making real change before it is too late, is to wave the white flag where it can be seen by the power brokers in the energy industry, signaling to them they have won and we are surrendering. What we must ask in return is that these people agree to try and convince those they have been brainwashing for the last half-century that in effect global warming is a reality and poses a clear and present danger so they will no longer stand in the way of positive action. Next we must assure them we will pressure government to initiate immediately a comprehensive program similar to the Manhattan Project, one aimed at developing new or vastly improved energy sources that are both clean and renewable. These sources of energy can then replace the fossil fuels now being used. In and of itself this will not be good news to this industry. The pot must be sweetened and this can be done by passing laws, or if necessary a constitutional amendment, one that will guarantee those now controlling production and distribution of energy that they also will be in control of the energy produced by these new sources, and further that they will be allowed to fix price without government interference at any level for the foreseeable future. We must also agree to indemnify the industry from any financial losses they will incur as a result of this action, including loss of anticipated profit from their holdings in gas, coal, oil, nuclear generation, production facilities and distribution networks. Further they must be assured they will not be expected to be responsible for any of the costs associated with development of the new technology, and that at the same time we must agree they will hold all rights to this technology, including the right to license it to foreign nations. In effect we must give away the store! I think we would be amazed at how quickly the puppets would be induced to speak from the other side of their mouths if we took these steps, altering forever the production and distribution of energy. Or, we could simply tell the energy industry and their supporters, they as well as the rest of us, must immediately acknowledge our responsibility and accept and make the changes deemed necessary before our irresponsibility renders the problem moot. Bob Shaw Madeira BeachAddress school bus safety issuesEditor: Very little pressure is placed on the safety of our children riding school buses. While we search for a way to stop bullying and harassment, lets not forget how important it is to transport our kids with safety in mind. Is there a common good reason why school buses are not equipped with safety belts? Im currently reading an article that says a school bus was hit from behind and 14 children were sent to the hospital. Imagine the parents freaking out. In our modern day, we value safety equipment for airplanes and vehicles. We build buildings and schools with safety codes. I just dont understand the reasoning why we dont protect our most precious resource. Its simply a no brainer. The first thing we can do as parents is secure a child in a stable car seat. As they grow older we do not let them in a vehicle without fastening their seatbelts. It boggles my mind that city officials havent tackled this problem for the safety of our children. Gary Neal ClearwaterT.I. residents want to retain their rights to voteEditor: The residents of Treasure Island have repeatedly spoke at the city meetings in the last six months and told the mayor, commissioners, and the local planning agency (made up of P&Z people) that they were spot zoning for one developer, that they were increasing the density in the ordinance from 22 to 50 units per acre (which is against the law) and that we would never approve a height increase over the law set in place which states five stories plus one level of parking, but we were ignored. It took a legal opinion of $5,000 from another law firm to confirm what we have said all along. We do not want to lose our right to vote by referendum on any attempts to increase height or density on Treasure Island. You can get info/updates on Facebook and/or www.OurTreasureIsland.com. Shelley Eckert Treasure IslandDont use tax dollars to proselytize religious beliefsRe: Political correctn ess out of contr ol, Thomas Michalskis column, May 22-23Editor: Couldnt agree with you more about the total goofiness of political correctness. I would, however, ask you to reconsider your use of the word fanatic regarding non-religious people. We dont object to your Christmas, nor do we seek to deny you the right of worship and belief. We strongly object to the use of our tax dollars in the advertising, promotion, proselytizing and brainwashing of the innocent as seen in our public schools, courthouses, city halls, parks, the voucher funding of religious schools, prayer openings of public meetings ... and I could go on. Thirty percent of Americans claim no religion in many, many valid polls (not FOX? News?) and the U.S. Census. Thats more than the combined Ernie Pyle
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Anonas gifted students held an Egyptian Fair to culminate their learning. Fifth grade teacher Bill Black, who was instrumental in organizing the event, was thrilled with the participation and excitement among the families. Several local organizations were on site to give families some great hands-on experiences. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium allowed students the opportunity to touch one of Winters prosthetic tails. Mad Science excited audiences with its slime demonstration. McGough Nature Park taught students about its resident owls and bearded dragon. Other sponsors included Olive Garden, St. Pete College for Kids, and Great Explorations. The evening was filled with many great scientific learning opportunities, said Stephanie Wager, assistant principal at Anona Elementary. We are looking forward to an even bigger event next year! Photos courtesy of STEPHANIE WAGERAbove, Joseph Pirrello and Hollis Varley show off their class science board. At right, Anona families learn about Winters prosthetic tail. School notesSipes receives honor at Clemson LARGO Courtney Nicole Sipes of Largo, whose major is language and international health, was named to the deans list at Clemson University for the spring 2014 semester. To be named to the deans list, a student must achieve a gradepoint average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.Adams graduates from ClemsonLARGO Denise Ann Adams of Largo graduated from Clemson University May 9 with a masters degree in science in parks, recreation and tourism management. Adams was among more than 3,200 students who received degrees from President James P. Clements, who presided over his first graduation ceremony at Clemson and who was inaugurated in three stages at the morning, afternoon and evening ceremonies.Largo student earns degreeLARGO Crystal Verrastro of Largo will be awarded an associates degree June 7 at the Community College of Vermonts commencement ceremony. Vermonters representing all 14 Vermont counties will be graduating along with students from nine other states and 15 countries worldwide. The youngest graduate is 17, the oldest, 67. Featherstone makes Berry deans listLARGO Amanda Featherstone of Largo has been named to Berry Colleges deans list for the spring 2014 semester. To be eligible for deans list, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better. Featherstone is majoring in theater.Belmont University names top studentsSeveral local students achieved the deans list at Belmont University for the spring 2014 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade-point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. The following students made the deans list at Belmont: Taylor Mitchell of Clearwater Luke Preston of Clearwater Carrieshea Showalter of LargoMoyer receives degree INDIAN ROCKS BEACH Christian Moyer of Indian Rocks Beach graduated in May from Texas State University with a bachelors degree in accounting.Paz named to deans listINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Kellie Rose Paz, a resident of Indian Rocks Beach, was named to the spring 2014 deans list at Texas State University. To be named to the deans list at Texas State, a student must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.50 while carrying a class load of at least 12 semester hours.Student graduates from Lehigh More than 1,800 Lehigh University students were awarded bachelors, masters or doctoral degrees during the 146th spring commencement ceremonies at Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Joseph Larach of Safety Harbor was among those graduating. Larach received a B.S. in Business and Economics.Medling graduates CLEARWATER Paul Hill Medling of Clearwater earned a bachelors degree in environmental studies: natural resources and the environment, at the University of the Souths 2014 commencement ceremonies presented in All Saints Chapel on the Sewanee, Tennessee, campus on May 11. Medling is the child of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Medling of Clearwater.Lewis graduates from Flagler CollegeSEMINOLE Zachery Lewis of Seminole graduated Cum Laude with a bachelors degree from Flagler College. Lewis was one of approximately 354 Flagler seniors at the spring commencement ceremony held May 3 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine.Bohlen earns honor at Coastal CarolinaSEMINOLE Emily Bohlen, a junior majoring in communication from Seminole, was among more than 1,600 students at Coastal Carolina University who made the spring 2014 deans list. To qualify for the deans list, freshmen must earn a 3.25 grade-point average, and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 gradepoint average. To qualify for the presidents list, students must earn a 4.0 grade-point average. All students must be enrolled full time.Opper earns Piedmont honorCLEARWATER Jennifer Opper of Clearwater was named a deans scholar at Piedmont College after completing the recent spring semester with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Piedmont College is an independent liberal arts college of about 2,600 students with camp uses located in Demorest and Athens, Georgia. Masons present Bikes for Books CLEARWATER The Brothers of Clearwater Masonic Lodge No. 127 were pleased to be on hand at Skycrest Elementary for the schools year-end assembly program recognizing scholastic achievement by the students. For the second year, the Clearwater Masonic Lodge donated 12 bicycles for the schools top readers as part of their Bikes-forBooks reading program, which is administered by the school. Students earn points for the books they read throughout the school year. At the end of the year, the top boy and girl readers from each grade kindergarten through fifth were recognized by the Masons with a new bicycle. This is our second year doing this program, said Michael Wells in a press release. Wells is the liaison coordinator between the lodge and the school. All of the bikes were paid for by individual donations by members of Clearwater Masonic Lodge No. 127. This is a program that was originally created by Masonic Lodges in the western United States, but we are glad to be able to continue to expand and implement the program in Florida and we remain the one of two Masonic Lodges in the area offering such a program that encourages reading.
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The Starkey Parkies is a support group for patients and caregivers dealing with Parkinsons disease. For the last six months, they have held their monthly meetings at Grand Villa, 750 Starkey Road in Largo. The funds collected in the yard sale will go toward the creation of a gift to the senior living facility in appreciation for hosting the group. Arlene Dawson, a member of the Starkey Parkies and six-year resident at Grand Villa, has been dreaming about a butterfly garden in the courtyard and began creating her own, one plant at a time. The Starkey Parkies hope to turn her dream into a larger reality as an expression of thanks to Grand Villa. George Haynor of Largos Haynor Garden Shop on Starkey Road has generously offered his consulting services in planning and implementing the garden with Starkey Parkies members and a committee of residents from the Grand Villa. They will start immediately after the yard sale, with the blessing of residences executive director, Larry Prescott, as well as the assistance of activities director Valerie Castellano and other staff members. An assortment of butterfly attractors and food sources including buddleia, milkweed, pentas, and ultimately, passion vine will be integrated into the Villa courtyards existing garden area surrounding its central fountain. Along with furniture, household and decorative items, the June 7 sale will include butterfly-garden flowers from Haynors Garden Center, the proceeds for which will be added to the fundraiser. For more information, contact Theo Betjemann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5950928. Pinecrest Place to honor veterans with pinning ceremonyLARGO Pinecrest Place will honor its residents who have served in the armed forces with a pinning ceremony Friday, June 13, 10 a.m., in the lobby of the residence, 1150 Eighth Ave. SW. We always try to give as much recognition to our veterans as possible, said Karen McFarlin, executive director for Pinecrest Place. In the 12 years that I have been at Pinecrest, I still get a thrill from seeing our former servicemen and women being honored by our residents, family members and associates. During the ceremony, each veteran will be presented with a pin representing his or her branch of service. In addition, John Schumacher of the American Association of Wartime Veterans will give a presentation on Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits. The event is open to the public and guest veterans also will receive a pin. Reservations are required to receive a pin. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to make reservations, call the Pinecrest marketing department at 581-8142. Photo by JULIANA A. TORRESThe butterfly garden to be built at Grand Villa in Largo was inspired by resident Arlene Dawson, pictured here at a Starkey Parkie meeting in February.Local councils of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program have named volunteers Shelia Ramsdell and Lorraine Domanski each as Ombudsman of the Year. Ramsdell was selected by her peers in the programs Mid and South Pinellas Council for her dedication through numerous volunteer hours and mentoring to ombudsman trainees. Peers in the programs Pasco and North Pinellas Council selected Domanski. Our volunteers are critical to the success of the program and are advocates for the seniors we serve every day, said state ombudsman Leigh Davis, who made the announcement. Ramsdell joined the program as a volunteer in July 2011. Shelia goes above and beyond and always puts the resident first. Residents comment on how they feel cared for and heard when Shelia is working with them. She always helps wherever she is needed, said Annette Perry, district ombudsman manager. Domanski joined the program in November 1999. Lorraine always shows the residents how much she cares in the way she communicates and works tirelessly to advocate for them. She will contact whomever she can to fully understand the residents issue and works together with other agencies to resolve the complaint to the residents satisfaction, Perry said. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for the health, safety, welfare and rights of individuals residing in long-term care settings. Ombudsman volunteers work with residents, family members, administrators and other par-Two volunteers name ombudsmen of the year Shelia Ramsdell Lorraine Domanskities to resolve complaints or issues brought by or on behalf of long-term care residents. For more information on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, visit ombudsman.myflorida.com. Health briefsCoalition meets monthlyLARGO The Tobacco Free Coalition of Pinellas County meets quarterly in the conference room of Pinellas Countys MidCounty Health Department, 8751 Ulmerton Road. The coalition is an organization dedicated to improving the health of people in Pinellas by working to reduce tobacco use and exposure to toxic secondhand smoke. Its meetings are open to the public and feedback is encouraged. The coalitions 2014-15 schedule is: Aug. 5, Nov. 4, Feb. 3 and May 5. Meetings begin at 3 p.m. For more information, call 5884040, ext. 3171, or visit www.pinellashealth.com/Tobacco Prevention.asp. Free Friday acupuncture setLARGO Free Friday acupuncture will be offered Friday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Largo Community Acupuncture, 12360 66th St., Suite W. The program is designed to introduce people to acupuncture. This is a free session for the purpose of relaxation and de-stressing. The sessions usually last 30 minutes. 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But things got bad after the economic crisis that rapidly devalued the Mexican peso in December 1994. His family decided to come to the United States on a yearlong tourist visa. On Dec. 7, 1995, they flew from Mexico City to Orlando. Jose was 9, and it was his fathers birthday. I remember it very clearly, Godinez-Samperio said. He said he doesnt think his parents planned to stay past the year granted by the visa. Lots of Mexicans came to the United States that year to escape the political upheaval. Things were very difficult trying to make ends meet, and Mexico was not easy, he said. We didnt come back. Jose grew up in Seffner, outside of Tampa. He learned English, but couldnt read as fast as his peers. His biggest hurdle, however, was not having an ID. I remember always having to make up excuses why I didnt have a car or couldnt drive and didnt have a license, he said. My friends didnt know I was undocumented. Jose was a good teenager, a Boy Scout who eventually earned Eagle Scout status. He told his friends that his parents just wouldnt let him have a license, but they had a hard time thinking of him as someone who got in trouble. Even simple things, like getting a library card with a Mexican ID, were a hassle. When he was 17, a school administrator at Armwood High School discovered that Jose, on his way to becoming valedictorian, was undocumented. He knew that Jose would have a hard time getting into college with his immigration status, so he brought Jose to Gulfcoast Legal Services in Clearwater to get advice. I already pretty much knew there was nothing I could do, because I had already talked to a lot of immigration lawyers, he said. The lawyers at the office where Jose would be employed years later told him that the best they could do was to see if a congressman would sponsor a bill to change the law. Nobody wants to pass immigration reform, Godinez-Samperio said. Nobodys very serious about it. Nobody was serious about it then.The law studentJose didnt have access to financial aid or in-state tuition. Using only private scholarships, he attended New College of Florida. He studied anthropology, but developed an interest in law. As he neared graduation, he realized that he had very limited choices. A doctorate in anthropology would require that he travel outside the country and become an employee of the school as a graduate assistant. He could do neither. I thought I can probably affect more peoples lives with a law degree, Godinez-Samperio said. Either way, I was deciding to take a risk The chances that a law school was going to take me were very low. He wrote an admissions essay to Florida State University College of Law about what it was like to be undocumented. The school accepted him and became a strong advocate for Godinez-Samperio in his later legal and legislative fights. I think for them, it must have been like one of those very tough civil rights decisions in s and s: We know were going to get a lot of flak for it, but its the right thing to do, he said. Once enrolled, he was introduced to Talbot Sandy DAlemberte, a constitutional law professor at FSU who helped him find resources to pay for tuition, including private scholarships and internships. Through his own efforts, Godinez-Samperio was selected for a Public Service Fellowship. The general counsel at New College, who had introduced him to DAlemberte, let him stay at a house he owned in Tallahassee to help cut down on his living expenses. Until DAlemberte helped him find a used bicycle, Godinez-Samperio, who still didnt have a drivers license, was walking to the FSU campus, through the weather and carrying heavy law books. You think about all the hurdles that somebody as Jose had to jump over in order to get to where he got. Theres not many people as tenacious as Jose, DAlemberte said. DAlemberte and his wife and law partner, Patsy Palmer, have represented Godinez-Samperio pro bono in his efforts to gain entrance to the Florida Bar. The law student impressed them right away. The people who owned the house where he was living said they couldnt get over how hard he studied, Palmer said. They joked that their kitchen table has two grooves in it where Jose propped his elbows while he was reading.The advocateDuring his last semester of law school, the Florida legislature introduced anti-immigration bills, modeled after laws that had passed in Arizona, that would have cracked down on undocumented residents like Godinez-Samperio. I was very stressed, he said. That March of 2011, I went to the Florida legislature, and I told the world I was undocumented. When that happened, a lot of angry people called FSU College of Law. It wasnt the first time Godinez-Samperio had fought for better immigration laws. Since high school, he had lobbied for immigrants like himself to be eligible for in-state tuition. He became active in the youth movements United We Dream Tampa Bay and Young American Dreamers, groups that united undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States since they were children. Godinez-Samperio graduated from law school in May 2011. Before he took the bar exam in July, DAlemberte filed a petition on his behalf asking the Florida Board of Bar Examiners to waive any policy that would prevent an undocumented student from doing so. It was a precautionary measure, as there was no official rule against it, DAlemberte explained. Godinez-Samperio found out in September that he had passed. Two months later, he received another letter. Rather than just admitting him as they do with everybody else, the board of bar examiners was going to the Florida Supreme Court and asking for an advisory opinion, DAlemberte said. A federal law passed in 1996, 8 U.S. Code 1621, both defines a professional license as a public benefit and bars any immigrant who doesnt meet certain standards from receiving that and other state and local benefits. Only a state law can circumvent the requirement. Until recently, Florida had no such law. DAlemberte argued to the Supreme Court that Article V of the Florida Constitution barred the legislature from interfering in the Florida bar process. He was surprised that the state justices decided otherwise. We thought the court did have jurisdiction to entertain the waiver to opt out of the federal law, he said. Before the courts final decision, Godinez-Samperio and his fellow Dreamers had another victory. In June 2012, he was protesting with his friends in the United We Dream group outside of President Barack Obamas reelection offices in Tampa. The group had a stack of petitions, asking for an executive order that would allow them to stay in the United States legally. But the offices were closed. Two days later, on June 15, 2012, Obama issued a directive that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would not deport undocumented youth that met specific qualifications. It was the measure the Dreams had been advocating for years. At some point, I think he realized it was going to affect his re-election if he didnt do it, Godinez-Samperio said. Because it looked bad for the Dreamers to be shutting down Democratic campaign offices all over, especially in a battleground state like Florida. Godinez-Samperio applied for deferred action immediately after the order went into effect. On Christmas Eve 2012, Godinez-Samperio finally had legal permission to be in the United States, which allowed him to apply for a work permit. Aside from being able to seek employment outside of the leadership consulting business he had started after graduating, Godinez-Samperio thought the work permit would help his case. During a hearing in October of that year, the Supreme Court justices had questioned the point of a law license since he still couldnt legally work. I knew that it might not give me everything I wanted because it wasnt a green card, it wasnt citizenship or anything like that. But I thought it would at least allay some of the fears of the court, GodinezSamperio said. The lawyers at Gulfcoast Legal Services, where he had interned over two summers, found out that his work status has changed and offered him a job. He was happy to join their efforts to represent the unrepresented. Its the only organization that does work that it does, especially for immigrants, he said. In March 2014, the Supreme Court announced their decision, stating that they did not have the authority to opt out of the federal law. In his reluctantly concurring opinion, Associate Justice Jorge Labarga, originally from Cuba, stated that he saw a lot of similarities in his own path from immigrant to law school graduate. It was a difference in perception only that heralded the Labarga family as defectors from a tyrannical communist regime, while looking negatively on GodinezSamperio as a defector from poverty, he wrote. We were happy to see the concurring opinion, which was fairly sympathetic to Jose and urged the legislature to adopt a law, DAlemberte said. At that point we became legislative lobbyists.The lobbyistLabargas opinion was useful as Godinez-Samperio and his legal team set off to lobby state legislators for a new law, which DAlemberte said he thought might be mission impossible. They found out otherwise. I attempted to work with the legislature on other issues before, and it was always a disaster, Godinez-Samperio said. I was surprised to see how much support there was, even at the beginning. For 10 years, he had advocated with other Dreams for a bill allowing undocumented Florida students to receive in-state tuition. The 2014 legislative session that saw that bill finally pass also supported his efforts to become a lawyer. The best advocate for the change was Godinez-Samperio himself, his lawyers said. A senator said on the floor that Jose has done everything that we ever ask children who are born here to do to achieve the American dream, Palmer explained, paraphrasing the comment. His own accomplishments (and) just meeting him made such a difference, Palmer said. I think he was a great ambassador also for helping change peoples mind on what it means to be undocumented. The change came as an amendment to a bill that passed both houses by May 2. It was very quick, Godinez-Samperio said. It was changing every day. It was hard to know what to do. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law May 19. A future lawyerGodinez-Samperio is still waiting to hear back from the board of bar examiners on the process for admittance now that there is legal means for him to become a lawyer. His bar exam scores are good for another year, and his lawyers have high hopes for his upcoming career. Hes taken a crash course in being a lawyer just having been kept out of practice for a while, Palmer said. When he is finally sworn in, he will be able to do just wonderful things. Godinez-Samperio said he wants to stay at Gulfcoast Legal Services when he is finally qualified to give legal advice. While his case is soon to be resolved, he said that the country has a lot of work to do to fix its immigration system. Even his own immigration status is far from concrete. People often ask him why he doesnt just apply for citizenship without realizing how impossible the system is, he said. I dont qualify. And even if I went back to Mexico, I still probably wouldnt qualify and even if I did, Id have to wait 10 years, unless I got some sort of waiver. And thats just for a green card, thats not even for citizenship, he explained. The biggest problem is a lack of understanding from the general public, Godinez-Samperio said. Still, there is reason to hope. Something thats great about the question, Why dont you just apply for citizenship? is that theres a premise behind it, he said. Its like, Why wouldnt we want you here? I think people feel that way about immigrants in general. Photo by JULIANA A. TORRESJose Godinez-Samperio of Largo sits in the office of Gulfcoast Legal Services in Clearwater. DREAMER, from page 1A Become an advocate for abused childrenDUNEDIN Learn how to become an advocate for abused and neglected children as a guardian ad litem during an information session about the program Wednesday, June 11, 1 p.m., at Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Guardians ad litem advocate in court and in the child welfare system for abused, abandoned, and neglected children. More than 1,000 such children in Pinellas County do not have a guardian ad litem. 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Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:Edge of TomorrowGenre: Science fiction thriller Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven, Ciaran Hinds, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda and Tony Way Director: Doug Liman Rated: PG-13 Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, under the direction of Doug Liman. The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.The Fault in Our StarsGenre: Drama Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia and Emily Peachey Director: Josh Boone Rated: PG-13 Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them and us on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. The Fault in Our Stars, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love. Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is 16 years old. She alternately loves and tolerates her sometimes over-doting parents. Hazel has developed a crush on a young man, Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort), who seems equally smitten with her. As they grow closer, Hazel and Gus share their fears that accompany their health issues, as well as their love of books, including Hazels touchstone, An Imperial Affliction.Opening this weekendEdge of Tomorrow features Cruise, Blunt; Boone directs Fault in Our Stars Photo courtesy of WARNER BROS. PICTURESEmily Blunt stars as Rita and Tom Cruise as Cage in Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. She has tried many times to get in touch with the books reclusive author Peter Van Houten (Willem Dafoe), to no avail. When Gus manages to reach Van Houten through the authors assistant, it results, astonishingly, in an invitation to meet the writer in Amsterdam. Gus is determined to take Hazel on a journey that will answer every question she has ever had about the book that has meant so much to her. But the answers she is looking for do not come from Peter Van Houten. They come from living a great adventure that Hazel shares with someone she is not afraid to love who has given them both what she calls a little infinity a forever within the numbered days.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.Burning BlueGenre: Drama and romancePhoto courtesy of JAMES BRIDGES/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOXHazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them and us on an unforgettable journey in The Fault in Our Stars. See OPENING, page 3B Diversions Events Movies ClassiedsLargo Leader, Section B, June 5, 2014 Visit www.TBNweekly.com The Power of Knowledge ... The Gift of Caring 060514I highly recommend your company to anyone buying or selling real estate. 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Tickets start at $49.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Always a huge crowd-pleaser with their high-energy stage show, out-of-thisworld sound and remarkable musicianship and singing, Boston will feature the personnel and music from their highly acclaimed 2012 tour with some exciting additions. The band prides itself on performing a totally live show without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements, delivering the exceptional sound that is faithful to their studio recordings. Boston burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976 and never looked back. With more than 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as More Than a Feeling, Peace of Mind and Smokin, rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second effort, Dont Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit No. 1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, Amanda. Selwyn Birchwood, Friday, June 6, 8 p.m., at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show. Call 813971-0666 or visit www.skipperssmokehou se.com. Birchwood will be celebrating the release of his new Alligator Records release Dont Call No Ambulance. Birchwood stumbled upon the blues at age 17 while attending a Buddy Guy concert in Orlando. After witnessing the raw energy and power the music created first hand, he decided it was what he wanted to pursue. In 2009, Birchwood and his band took first place in the Central Florida Blues Challenge. This win offered them a chance to compete in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee, where they finished in the Top 4 of the Beale Street Blues Kings semi-finals competition. TC Carr & Bolts of Blue will open the show. Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, a comedy by Bert V. Royal, presented by West Coast Players, June 6-22, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. When CBs dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this groups bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending thats both haunting and hopeful. The eighth annual Pinellas Pepper Fest Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Hours will be Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature hot and fiery Photo by PAUL NATKIN/ ALLIGATOR RECORDSSelwyn Birchwood plays Skippers Smokehouse June 6.
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Brand of hand tools 46. Female sibling 49. Face an embankment with stones 50. Animal catcher 52. Ancient Briton 54. Mosque V.I.P. 57. ___ we having fun yet? 59. Affirmative actionHoroscopesJune 5, 2014CapricornDecember 22 January 19Dont look now, Capricorn, but someone has got your number. Making amends will lead the way to amazing things, both professionally and personally.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18A long-term feud finally comes to an end thanks to you, Aquarius. Celebrate with a night on the town. The madness continues at work. Stay calm.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20Uh-uh, Pisces. This is not the time for games. Keep your nose to the grindstone. A compromise at home puts everyone on cloud nine.AriesMarch 21 April 19Cheekiness at the office makes for a fun week. Enjoy, Aries. Business will soon be back to normal. A blessing at home inspires you to pay it forward.TaurusApril 20 May 20Bright hopes for the future must not be dashed, no matter how unrealistic, Taurus. A mystery at home deepens. Look to a youngster for help.GeminiMay 21 June 21Sarcasm does not suit you. Do something fun to lighten your mood, Gemini. A change in procedure proves not to be the big fix everyone was hoping for.CancerJune 22 July 22Peace and prosperity descend upon your home. Take everyone out to celebrate. A trade is made among old friends. Stay out of it, Cancer.LeoJuly 23 August 22Less really is more in this case, Leo. Pare down your plans. The secrecy builds at home. Dont snoop unless you are prepared for a real shock.VirgoAugust 23 September 22Usually what others think matters little to you, but not this week, Virgo. Heed all reasonable advice given, and success will be yours.LibraSeptember 23 October 22Too little progress, Libra? Take a trip someplace special, and you will return with a fresh perspective. A gift for an associate sets the tone for things to come.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21Please, Scorpio. Two heads are almost always better than one, so take help where you can get it. A letter sets things right with a friend.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21Dream on, Sagittarius. You cant be in two places at once. Learn how to say no and mean it. Travel plans come off without a hitch. Show your appreciation. Looking Ahead Looking AheadLargo 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. Candlelight Cabaret Concert Wednesday, July 2, 8 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. Cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Call 518-3131. The show will feature some cool jazz at this New York club inspired concert series. A cash bar will be available. Visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Train Weekend Saturday and Sunday, July 5-6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call 5876740, ext. 5014. Attendees will have an opportunity to ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend every month in sunny Largo Central Park. There is no cost but donations are accepted. Visit largoparks.com. Jessy J Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $16.50. Call 587-6793. Jessy J and her band will perform songs from her latest No. 1 Billboard Charting Jazz Album as well as many other hits. Jessy J was recently featured on the cover of Jazziz Magazine and on the cover of Saxophone Journal Magazine and Latina Style Magazine. Her song Tequila Moon hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Jazz chart and received the Contemporary Jazz Song of the Year as well as an award from Billboard Magazine. Her song Tropical Rain, from her 2009 release, reached the top of the Groove Jazz Music chart and she soon followed with the #1 spot on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown, as well as the Billboard Jazz charts. All this success has resulted in Jessy J being named Radio and Records Debut Artist of the Year.Clearwater Cookin with Gus, by Jim Brochu, through July 13, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Evening performances are presented Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, with seating at 11 a.m. Cost is $29.90 which includes dinner and show. Gussie Richardson is a famous food columnist and cookbook author. Her agent comes to tell her shes been offered her own daily network television show. She wants to do it, but her husband Walter is dead set against it and Gussie discovers she has stage fright and cant open her mouth in front of a camera. Everybody tries to help her get over it ... Walter through hypnotism, Bernie her agent by threats; and even wacky Gypsy Carmen from next door casts spells. Just when she thinks shes cured, the taping turns into a comic nightmare concluding in an all out food fight that almost ends the show and her marriage. Keb Mo Thursday, June 5, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Keb Mo has been making critically acclaimed albums since 1994 when he released his self-titled debut and became a fresh face in the blues/roots genre. That record proved to be an entryway that got many to sit up and take notice. But it was his second release, Just Like You in that won him the first of three Grammy Awards. It dared a deeper venture into the joyful and healing aspects of the blues and a more mainstream style. His genre-blending artfulness, intuitive lyrics, unique guitar style, distinctive voice and magnetic charisma on stage have gained him a tremendously loyal fan base and the significant honor of being called, a musicians musician. Though it seems that Keb Mo flies just under the radar of big name recognition, during his vibrant 18-year career he has been recognized with a vast number of honors, awards and nominations including Grammy Awards, BMI awards and numerous WC Handy Blues Awards. His latest album The Reflection, is a journey deep into life and an even greater expansion of his musical body of work. Move Live on Tour, featuring Julianne and Derek Hough Tuesday, June 10, 3 and 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Move Live on Tour will be a complete stage production, with sets, costumes and a cast of talented dancers, with the Houghs headlining in solo, duet and group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop and everything inbetween. The pair, both of whom are also accomplished singers and musicians, promise musical surprises and special guest appearances. The Happy Together Tour Friday, June 13, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $40. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The Happy Together Tour is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a lineup that will include The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Mark Farner formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. During the show, the multimedia highlights during each of performances will reference the time period of the music. Listeners can truly feel and see the soundtrack of their youth during a Happy Together show as their transported back in time. The Happy Together tour began in 1984 with mainstays The Turtles. It started up again in 2010 and this is its fifth consecutive year. Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra Saturday, June 14, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Liebert spent most of last year working on two new, yet very different albums, Bare Wood 20022012 is a compilation of favorite songs from the first decade of music he recorded on his label. What makes this album different from other compilations is that he stripped the music down to the bare essentials; Flamenco guitar, bass and percussion. The keyboards, drum machines, electric guitars were removed. What remains is bare wood. Gorgeous rich wooden sound surrounded by a lot of space to breath and dream. The second album three-oh-five is exclusively acoustic and contains more electric guitar than Liebert has ever performed on any album. Lieberts incredible global success on a musical level often seems like a simple outgrowth of his cultural background and powerful wanderlust in his formative years. Born in Cologne, Germany, he began playing guitar at 11 and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his Rock and Roll dreams first in his native Germany and then in Boston, he abandoned the frustrations and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1989, he formed Luna Negra and he has become one of the most successful instrumental artists, thrilling audiences worldwide and releasing a catalog of classic recordings. Best known for his Nouveau Flamenco guitar playing style, his debut album sold double-platinum and is still one of the best selling guitar albums of all time. He has received five Grammy nominations and more than 35 gold and platinum award certifications in the U.S. alone. Andy Grammer, Friday, June 20, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $25. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Known for his vibrant pop/rock/soul mix and free-flowing vocal delivery, the acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician emerged as one of the biggest success stories in the music business in 2012. Grammer performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (three times) and Good Morning America. He shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Train and Colbie Caillat. Hes the first male pop star, since John Mayer in 2002, to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles, Keep Your Head Up and Fine By Me. Keep Your Head Up is certified platinum and received the BMI award as one of 2012s Top 50 most performed songs across all formats. Fine By Me is certified gold and his third single peaked at #15 on the U.S. Adult Top 40 chart. Dave Koz Summer Horns Friday, June 27, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. When acclaimed saxophonists Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot hit the road together last summer in support of their CD, Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns, they looked at it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But the four artists had such a blast on the tour that they are happily obliging fans requests for a return of the Summer Horns. The foursome received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album, Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns Released last summer, the album was produced by Paul Brown (Al Jarreau, George Benson, June Tabor) and spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboards Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. The collection includes fresh takes on classic songs by Sly & the Family Stone, Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears and other brassy juggernauts of the 1960s and s. The albums first single, a rendition of Lennon and McCartneys Got To Get You Into My Life, spent seven weeks at No. 1 on Billboards Smooth Jazz chart and was nominated for a Soul Train award. I Got You (I Feel Good), the follow-up single, was hailed by the San Jose Mercury News as a funk-filled fun fest and hit No. 1 on the Mediabase Smooth A/C chart. Madeira Beach Mad Beach Fourth Friday Flip Flop Nights Beach Paw-TY and Food Truck Rally, Friday, June 27, 5 to 10 p.m., at 15004 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach. The free event will feature music, food truck See LOOKING AHEAD, page 4B
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But after a series of fatal accidents, a close-knit squadron of male Navy pilots begins to splinter and becomes the focus of a criminal investigation. As a government agent digs to uncover the cause of the accidents, two of the pilots engage in a secret, forbidden relationship. Their affair is exposed and the squadron is engulfed by an incendiary scandal that will challenge each pilots notions of friendship, love, honor and courage.Obvious ChildGenre: Comedy Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman and Richard Kind Director: Gillian Robespierre Rated: R For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female 20-something provides ample material for her hysterical and relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna winds up unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, she is forced to face the uncomfortable realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Donna s drunken hookup and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment turns out to be the beginning of a hilarious and totally unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Anchored by a star-making performance from Jenny Slate, Obvious Child is a true Sundance gem: a heartfelt discovery packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant honesty and vulnerability. Writer/Director Gillian Robespierre handles the topic of Donnas unwanted pregnancy with a refreshing matter-of-factness rarely seen onscreen. And with Donna, Slate and Robespierre have crafted a character for the ages a female that audiences will recognize, cheer for, and love.The SacramentGenre: Horror and thriller Cast: AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, Gene Jones and Kentucker Audley Director: Ti West Rated: R From acclaimed writer/director Ti West and master of horror Eli Roth, The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friends journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of Eden Parish, a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly 200 members. AtDolphin Tale 2 movie poster released CLEARWATER David Yates and Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff are buzzing about the release of the first poster for the much-anticipated sequel, Dolphin Tale 2. Last March, Rio 2 audiences got the first look at the initial Dolphin Tale 2 movie trailer, and the first official movie poster has now been released. Looking ahead, on June 13, the second Dolphin Tale 2 trailer will be released with How to Train Your Dragon 2. Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainments Dolphin Tale 2 continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie Dolphin Tale. The film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, and, of course, the remarkable dolphin Winter as herself. Charles Martin Smith, who directed Dolphin Tale, wrote the sequel and is again at the helm.About the sequelIt has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winters surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool-mate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium. Reprising their roles, Kristofferson plays Clays father, Reed; Zuehlsdorff is Clays teenage daughter, Hazel; Judd returns as Sawyers mom, Lorraine; and Stowell plays Sawyers cousin, Kyle. Champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who herself has been an example of courage, appears as herself in the film. Oscar nominees Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson are producing the film together with Alcon President of Worldwide Marketing, Richard Ingber, who brought the first project to the Company. Inspired by true events, Dolphin Tale 2 was filmed at the ClearwaPhoto by WILSON WEBB/WARNER BROS. PICTURESNathan Gamble stars as Sawyer Nelson and Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Hazel Haskett with Winter the dolphin starring as herself in Alcon Entertainments family adventure Dolphin Tale 2, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.ter Marine Aquarium, the nonprofit rescue and rehabilitation facility that Winter calls home. Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film and has slated Dolphin Tale 2 for release beginning Sept. 19, 2014.About Clearwater Marine AquariumA 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Clearwater Marine Aquariums mission is to preserve marine life and the environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation and release. CMA is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphins story of survival and inspiration has touched millions of people around the world. Her documentary, Winter, the Dolphin That Can, is available at www.SeeWinter.com. The documentary takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through her rescue, fight to stay alive and extensive rehabilitation. Scholastic published Winters Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again in October 2009.Image courtesy of CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUMThe first official movie poster for Dolphin Tale 2 has been released by Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment. The film is set to hit theaters Sept. 19. Photo courtesy of A24Jake Lacy and Jenny Slate star in Obvious Child.the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as Father. As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives.For more movie news, visit www.TBNweekly.com. Click on the Movie News & Reviews link on the left-side menu. BriefsSmells Like Teen Lit: Teenage Wasteland II, music and literary eventST. PETERSBURG Smells Like Teen Lit: Teenage Wasteland II, a music and literary event, takes place Saturday, June 7, at Planet Retro Gallery, 2414 Central Ave. The event will feature local writers reading their unedited teenage works including poems, diaries and love letters, as well as original works inspired by the angst and isolation of adolescence. Readers include John Henry Fleming, Sheree L. Greer, Julie Garisto, Jeremy Gloff, Thomas Hallock, Shae Krispinsky, Sandra Lolo, Lisa Rose, Juliana Torres and Gina Vivinetto. The event also will include local musical acts Permanent Makeup, Y Los Dos Pistoles and Glow Low, and the art of Mike Rozak. Suggested donation $7 at the door or bring a new Childrens or YA book to donate to Eckerd Family & Childrens Services Organization. All proceeds will benefit Eckerd. Admission is all ages, but 16 and older is recommended. Smells Like Teen Lit is presented by Heather Jones, literary consultant; Wordier than Thou, a literary arts organization; and Planet Retro Gallery. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/2397586 62893261 or email email@example.com.Theater seeks one-act playsST. PETERSBURG St. Petersburg City Theatre Floridas oldest, continuously operating community theater is currently accepting one-act play submissions from local playwrights to be showcased in Summer Shorts. Plays should be no more than 15 minutes in length, simple to stage, and family-friendly. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2014. Submissions may be emailed to Mary Brophy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions for Summer Shorts will take place July 7 and 8. Performances will take place Aug. 15-17. Tickets will cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. Children 11 and younger will be admitted for free with a paying adult. All proceeds will benefit St. Pete City Theatre programs. St. Petersburg City Theatre is at 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg. For tickets and information, call 866-1973 or visit www.spcitytheatre.org.Sounds of Soul to performST. PETERSBURG The Sounds of Soul will perform live in concert at two Tampa Bay area venues in June. The Sounds of Soul will play Friday, June 13, 8:30 p.m., at The Manhattan Casino, 642 22nd St. S. The show and hors doeuvres costs $30 per person. Call 823-4240 or 423-9825 for tickets. The group also will play Saturday, June 28, 7 p.m., at The Magnolia Center at Five Towns, 7950 58th Ave. N. Advance tickets are $10 a person. Tickets are $15 a person at the door. Call 423-9825. The Sounds of Soul will share the hits of Motown with audiences. This exciting, high-energy group unleashes superior vocals and slick dance moves powered by pure soul. The group is composed of six seasoned performers who have excelled as outstanding singers, dancers, and songwriters. Each member has shared the national recording spotlight driven by the power of Capital Records, Big Apple Records, and R & S Records to name but a few. For information, call Gerry Cachia at 423-9825 or visit thesoundsofsoul.com. The Sounds of Soul are set to perform some of Motowns biggest hits at two concerts in June. OPENING, from page 1Bfoods and sauces to sample and purchase along with an amateur hot sauce competition, spicy lolly lick-a-thon, pepper-eating contest, amateur salsa competition and live bands. Admission is $3 for adults and kids 12 and younger will be admitted free. Call 423-8433 or visit www.pinellaspepperfest.com. 21st annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Corey Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in downtown St. Pete Beach. Admission is free. The Corey Avenue Merchants Association, responsible for many community programs, will once again host the annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival produced by American Craft Endeavors. This high-end event transforms Corey Avenue into an outdoor craft gallery featuring quality affordable crafts handmade in America. A full spectrum of craft art media will be on display and for sale including folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gift items, scented soaps and body products with prices rangeing from as little as $3 to $3,000. A Green Market will offer exotic live plants and gourmet items. For information, visit www.artfestival.com. TOP FIVE, from page 1B
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Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show. Call 813-971-0666 or visit www.skipperssmokehouse.com. Alligator Records describes Birchwood as a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy who delivers his original songs with a revival tent preachers fervor and a natural storytellers charisma. Birchwood plays high-octane blues, deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute. The Florida native delivers his signature sound with true passion and honest emotion. Birchwood was born in 1985 in Orlando. According to an artist biography provided by Alligator Records, he first picked up a guitar at age 13. A natural, it was no time before he became exceedingly proficient at mimicking what he heard on the radio. But what he was hearing on the radio didnt inspire him. The 1990s music scene saturated with grunge rock, hip-hop and metal wasnt Birchwoods cup of tea. He quickly grew bored playing contemporary tunes. Then he discovered Jimi Hendrix. By 17, Birchwood was deep into the blues, listening to Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Lightnin Hopkins and especially Buddy Guy. As his guitar proficiency grew, a friend told him that his neighbor was a blues guitarist and had a band. The 19-year-old Selwyn went over to check it out and jam. The guitar-playing neighbor turned out to be the Texas-born blues legend Sonny Rhodes, who was instantly impressed with the enthusiastic young guitar slinger. Within one months time, Rhodes asked Birchwood to pack his bags and join him on the road. It was an incredible experience for Birchwood, as Rhodes took the youngster under his wing, not only teaching him guitar and lap steel, but also how to conduct business, how to run a band, and how to reach an audience. When the time came, Rhodes insisted Birchwood go to college. He assured the rising star that he would always hold the guitar spot in his band open for Birchwood whenever he was available. It was a win-win situation, as Birchwood through hard work and scholarships received his MBA from The University of Tampa. Combining the musical lessons learned from Rhodes and his business acumen, Birchwood, now living in Tampa, formed the current version of The Selwyn Birchwood Band in 2010. In 2011 the self-released FL Boy helped the band land gigs outside of their Tampa home, where they were becoming local heroes. Birchwood and his band won their way to spots at the 2012 and 2013 International Blues Challenges in Memphis. In 2013, Birchwood won the worldrenowned International Blues Challenge, beating out 125 other bands from the United States and abroad. He also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award. The Selwyn Birchwood Band has been touring non-stop since winning the IBC. The band has performed at festivals including The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Springing Te Blues Festival, The Tampa Bay Blues Festival, The North Atlantic Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival as well as on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Birchwood has opened for major blues stars including Robert Cray and Buddy Guy and has shared the stage with another friend and teacher, Joe Louis Walker. Birchwood recently had the opportunity, when performing in San Francisco, to bring his friend and mentor Sonny Rhodes on stage to sit in with his band. In March, Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer announced he had offered Birchwood a contract. Birchwoods label debut, Dont Call No Ambulance, is set for release June 10. Alligator Records hails Dont Call No Ambulance as a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwoods original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Between his uninhibited sense of fun and adventure and his serious-asa-heart-attack musicianship, Dont Call No Ambulance is a window into the future of the blues. All originals and no filler, Birchwood said in a press release promoting the album release. Its that genuineness of emotion in the songs that people can hear. With the release of Dont Call No Ambulance, Birchwood has taken his first step onto the world stage, bringing a new wave of blues to a new generation of blues fans. If I can play my music, travel the world, bring happiness to people, then Im blessed and happy, he said. Its like Sonny always told me, If you follow your heart, youll always get what you want. Birchwood will celebrate the release of Dont Call No Ambulance with his June 6 performance at Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa. On stage, Birchwood possesses an uncanny ability to win over an audience any audience. With his warm, magnetic personality, Birchwood is as down-to-earth as his music is fun, thought-provoking and vital. Theres nothing Id rather be doing than playing the blues, he said Photo by PAUL NATKIN/ALLIGATOR RECORDSSelwyn Birchwood celebrates the release of Dont Call No Ambulance, his new release from Alligator Records, June 6 with a performance at Skippers Smokehouse. Photo courtesy of ALLIGATOR RECORDSDont Call No Ambulance, the new album from Selwyn Birchwood, is set to be released June 10 by Alligator Records.in a press release from Alligator Records. And I try to convey that with every song and with every performance. TC Carr & Bolts of Blue will open the show. For information about the performance, visit www.skipperssmokehouse.com. rally, beer garden, unique vendors, and exciting contests. This months party will celebrate fourlegged friends with several doggie contests and animal friendly vendors. Palm Harbor G. David Howard Friday, June 6, 9:01 p.m., at Leos Italian Grill, 33286 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. The comedian has been listed twice in The Guinness Book of World Records. Cost is $15. For information, call 786-9110. Gigi, presented by the Players of Safety Harbor, June 6-8, at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show. A donation of $10 is appreciated. Gigi, a romantic comedy, was written by Anita Loos and adapted from the novel by Colette. Established in 2004 as a library theatre troupe, The Players of Safety Harbor has grown into a reputable community theatre in the heart of Safety Harbor. POSH, now under the direction of Diane Lynne, is excited to present the 1951 Broadway romantic comedy to local audiences. For information, visit playersofsafety harbor.weebly.com. 13th annual Palm Harbor Parrot Head Party Saturday, June 7, 2 to 10 p.m., in historic downtown Palm Harbor. Organizers of the 13th annual Palm Harbor Parrot Head Party are still accepting applications from vendors who want to have a booth at this well-attended annual event. The Palm Harbor Parrot Head Party, presented by Downtown Palm Harbor Merchants and the Tampa Bay Parrot Heads in Paradise Club, features live entertainment from 3:30 to 10 p.m. with Retro Express and a four-hour concert by Floridas premier Jimmy Buffet tribute band The Caribbean Chillers. Vendor applications may be obtained by contacting the Palm Harbor Chamber at 784-4287 or by email at email@example.com. Volunteers are needed and may call 423-1224* for more information. Pinellas Park Movies in the Park Saturday, June 14, dusk, at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Hosted by the Pinellas Park Firefighters, this monthly, family-friendly event helps raise funds for the Benevolent Fund by selling hot dogs and hamburgers. Candy, popcorn, nachos and drinks also are available for purchase. The Benevolent Fund is used to help victims and families in the community. For information, call 687-4494.St. Petersburg The Sounds of Soul Friday, June 13, 8:30 p.m., at The Manhattan Casino, 642 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. The show and hors doeuvres costs $30 per person. Call 823-4240 or 423-9825 for tickets. The Sounds of Soul will share the hits of Motown with audiences. This exciting, high-energy group unleashes superior vocals and slick dance moves powered by pure soul. The group is composed of six seasoned performers who have excelled as outstanding singers, dancers, and songwriters. Each member has shared the national recording spotlight driven by the power of Capital Records, Big Apple Records, and R & S Records to name but a few. For information, call Gerry Cachia at 423-9825 or visit thesoundsofsoul.com. St. Petersburg Second Saturday Fathers Day ArtWalk Saturday, June 14, 4 to 9 p.m., at venues throughout the Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, the Edge District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District. Most venues are open throughout the month, however many studios and galleries are open to the public only on this special night. Galleries, artist studios, and some museums open from 4 to 9 p.m. for ArtWalk. The red trolley and white coach bus (with guides) will take attendees to more than 35 studios and galleries featuring the warehouse arts district. The two shuttles run from the roundabout at 10th Street and Central Avenue to the heart of the Warehouse Arts District. In addition, the Central Avenue Trolley cost is $.50 serves galleries on and near Central Avenue; and a third free trolley, the Downtown Looper, serves the Waterfront Arts District. Free parking can be found on First Avenue North and First Avenue South, from 15th Street to 30th Street, as well as large lots at Soft Water Studios, St. Pete Clay Company, the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Clay Center of St. Petersburg. For information, visit www.stpeteartsalliance.org. The Burnt Part Boys, with book by Mariana Elder, music by Chris Miller and lyrics by Nathan Tysen; June 14 through July 16, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. The Summerland Tour 2014, Saturday, June 14, at Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Doors will open at 2 p.m. General admission is free. VIP tickets also are available for $29.75. Visit www.summerlandtour.net. The musical lineup includes Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog. The Marly Music Series featuring Ellen dePasquale violin, Sunday, June 15, 2 p.m., in the Marly Room at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students 22 and younger with current ID. LOOKING AHEAD, from page 2BVisit www.fine-arts.org. Admission to the entire museum is included in the ticket price. For information, call 896-2667. A local favorite, dePasquale is a past concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra and during her tenure, was also active in chamber music groups and performed at the Museum. She left Florida to become associate concertmaster of the great Cleveland Orchestra. She was appointed by Christoph von Dohnanyi and held the chair for eight years. She made numerous solo appearances with the ensemble, was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, and taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Pianist Angelin Chang, a Grammy Award-winner, will be the accompanist. She performs frequently with dePasquale, The dePasquale String Quartet, and members of both the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras. The Sounds of Soul Saturday, June 28, 7 p.m., at The Magnolia Center at Five Towns, 7950 58th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Advance tickets are $10 a person. Tickets are $15 a person at the door. Call 423-9825. The Sounds of Soul will share the hits of Motown with audiences. This exciting, high-energy group unleashes superior vocals and slick dance moves powered by pure soul. The group is composed of six seasoned performers who have excelled as outstanding singers, dancers, and songwriters. Each member has shared the national recording spotlight driven by the power of Capital Records, Big Apple Records, and R & S Records to name but a few. For information, call Gerry Cachia at 423-9825 or visit thesoundsofsoul.com.Safety Harbor Berthe Morisot: First Impressions, performed by Nan Colton of Solo Productions Inc.; Thursday, June 19, 6:30 p.m., at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. Call 724-1525, ext. 4112. Colton portrays Berthe Morisot and her life as a female artist influenced by Monet, Renoir, and Manet. Colton is a storyteller, writer, playwright, and professional actress who performs passionate, live biographical portraits of remarkable women, and unforgettable tales of fact and fiction. She has performed and lectured professionally on stages throughout South Africa, Great Britain, and the United States. Tarpon Springs Night in the Islands Saturday, June 7, 6 to 11 p.m., at the Sponge Docks on Dodecanese Boulevard between Hope and Athens streets, Tarpon Springs. The city of Tarpon Springs will present Night in the Islands, a free event on the Sponge Docks. Attendees will enjoy Greek music, dancing and dining. Night in the Islands will feature the music of Odyssey and Ellada. Free Greek dance lessons will be provided from 6 to 7 p.m. Call 942-5605 or visit www.spongedocks.net. Beer Olympics set for June 21DUNEDIN The Rotary Club of Dunedin Waterside Beer Olympics will be held Saturday, June 21, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Boxcar Caf & Gift Shop, 349 Main St. Grab two to five friends and compete in events like cornhole, flip cup, beer pong, etc. OR simply enjoy the show as the crazies compete, a Rotary press release said. Five drinks are included with the purchase of a wristband. Prizes awarded for first, second and third place teams. Preregistration will be open until June 21 at noon, and wristbands are available now at $5 off the door price. Participants are asked to show up at 6 p.m. to make sure the club can get all teams registered on time. The games begin promptly at 7 p.m. This years theme is jock/cheerleader; the cheesier the better. Volunteers are needed and are asked to show up by 5:30 p.m. at the Boxcar. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old. Duties include checking in participants, refereeing games, setup and cleanup of games. Volunteers will receive two free beers at the bar they are working at during the event.
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Lets begin with a generalization: The Sacrament is not for the squeamish or the easily offended. The film, distributed by Magnet Releasing and set to open in select theaters June 6, is a disturbing tale about a religious movement seeking to establish a utopian community. The Sacrament straddles the line between being trailblazing genre cinema and exploitative insolence. What one takes away from Ti Wests new film The Sacrament depends largely upon expectations. West has developed a reputation. His previous directorial jobs have included films such as Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, The Innkeepers and The House of the Devil all works firmly rooted in traditional horror. The Sacrament also happens to be co-produced by Eli Roth, another filmmaker customarily connected with the genre guilt by association. With those two names figuring heavily in promotional material marketing the film, horror aficionados might be expecting something a bit more conventional. But The Sacrament is anything but conventional. Wests film employs a crafty variation on the found-footage technique, introducing a group of documentary filmmakers as his protagonists. As the film opens, a block of text appears explaining that the enterprise behind the subsequent footage, Vice, is a New York City based multimedia company that is known for covering provocative and controversial stories usually overlooked by the mainstream media. The introduction also states that the company utilizes a style of filmmaking called immersionism. West didnt fabricate this part: Vice Media Inc. actually exists. The real company is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Its Facebook page describes Vice as a global media channel focusing on investigative journalism and enlightening videos about everything from world news, travel, art, drugs, politics, sports, fashion, sex, and super cute animals. Obviously, Wests faux documentarians are fictitious as is the scenario into which he hurls his unfortunate characters. Actually the scenario isnt exactly invented, either. The tragic, truelife subject matter upon which the story is loosely based is one of the most gruesome episodes in contemporary history. Most audience members will recognize the allusions as the film progresses. In the opening clips, Patrick (Kentucker Audley), one of the companys photographers, explains that his sister Caroline (Amy Seimetz) has joined a utopian community. Concerned for her welfare, he decides to try to find her and Vice agrees to accompany him on the journey, expecting to find a hippie commune that would make perfect subject matter for a documentary. A few scenes later, a helicopter drops them off in the middle of nowhere in a foreign country. A truck transports them through two kilometers of forest to the compound. On the trip in, menacing gentlemen with big guns demand that the crew stop filming. Eventually, they arrive at Eden Parish, a community led by a shadowy figure called Father. Father speaks sporadically over a loudspeaker, addressing the residents of the community as his children. Initially, everyone the documentarians interview claim Eden Parish is exactly as advertised: a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly 200 members who consider the outside world sinful. After Sam (AJ Bowen) interviews Father, the situation quickly deteriorates. The film crew finds itself in a race against time to learn the truth and escape to notify the outside world whats really happening in Eden Parish. After a long, slow boil, once the violence erupts, the body count climbs swiftly and mercilessly. The third act is brutal and stomachturning and ghastly. What makes it far more effective than any blooddrenched, third-rate slasher flick is that the events depicted are devastatingly analogous to the aforementioned historic event. In fact, the story is so reminiscent, it sometimes feels a bit inappropriate. My goal was to create an elevated genre film that examines the last days in the life of a religious cult, West wrote in his directors notes, included in the press kit provided by Magnet Releasing. It is rare to find films like these that are more than just cheap thrills aimed at the8B Entertainment Leader, June 5, 2014 060514 Hypnotic and chilling, The Sacrament evokes unpleasant memoriesMovie review Reel TimeLee Clark Zumpe lowest common denominator. It was important to me not to portray these characters as mindless, psychotic cult members, but as relatable real people who, for many reasons, chose an alternative, and controversial path for their lives. I hope to have created a film that is both scary and socially relevant, one that provokes an audience to think deeply about its content. The Sacrament is far from perfect. Mediocre performances from some members of the ensemble cast conspire with a script that isnt always rational. Some characters are prone to blatantly illogical actions. Some dialogue is exasperatingly transparent. Joe Swanberg, for instance, who portrays Jake, a cameraman, is forced to utter an absurd line about the importance of delivering the footage to the outside world even if he doesnt survive this, while hes being chased through the woods by those menacing gentlemen with big guns. Still, West has crafted something quite unique in this progressive film. Gene Jones unsettling performance as Father is one of the highlights of the film. The excruciating crescendo is difficult to endure but it is unquestionably provocative and powerful. The Sacrament transcends horror, delivering a suspenseful, pertinent tale about the dangers of fanaticism along with an astute warning about the unintended role the media can potentially play in sparking violence simply by filming unpredictable events. As The Sacrament is opening in limited release June 6, it may not appear in any Tampa Bay area theaters any time soon. Those interested in checking out this film can rent it now On Demand, on iTunes and on Amazon Instant Video. Spoiler alert: For those unfamiliar with the historical event referenced in this review, the film alludes to the 1978 Jonestown massacre involving Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. West updates that story, transferring it to the modern era, and inserts the documentary film crew as a means to chronicle the events. The Jonestown incident was dramatized previously in the 1980 television miniseries Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones starring Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty and James Earl Jones. Boothe won the 1980 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his portrayal in the film. Photos courtesy of MAGNET RELEASINGAbove, Amy Seimetz and Kentucker Audley star in The Sacrament, a Magnet Release. Below, from left, Gene Jones, AJ Bowen and Joe Swanberg also star in the film. At right, Bowen is again pictured.