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ENTERTAINMENT Juvenile arrests dropping Number down 7 percent statewide, 5 percent in Pinellas County … Page 6A. Clearwater mayor and longtime OneBlood employee are among the few volunteers who transport lifesaving blood and platelets to those in need … Page 14A.For local blood couriers, saving lives is their bag Volume 39, No. 15 January 11, 2018 Features By CHRIS GEORGETampa Bay NewspapersLARGO – Forward Pinellas Executive Director Whit Blanton presented the Largo City Commission on Jan. 9 with two options for a West Bay Drive improvement project in hopes city leaders would settle on one. During a work session at City Hall, he received consensus about a concept that includes a reduction in lane widths and a multimodal path, but he also may have inadvertently sold them on a third concept that wasn’t even fully developed yet. The Complete Streets concept plan is a pilot project that includes safety and accessibility improvements to a nearly 2-mile stretch of West Bay Drive from Clearwater-Largo Road to the Belleair Causeway Bridge. The road has a daily traf c volume of about 17,000 motorists near the Belleair Bridge to 21,500 near 20th Street, and the work would be done in conjunction with Pinellas County’s planned resurfacing of the roadway later this year. “One of the things we identified was looking at improving the connections between the Pinellas Trail, which is a world-class facility that’s been a huge success, and getting people over to Gulf Boulevard and the destinations that they seek over there,” said Blanton, who leads the land use and transportation planning agency. “And we have so many gaps.” Some features of the project, such as narrowing the road’s four 12-foot lanes to two 10-foot lanes and two 11-foot lanes and the inclusion of bike lanes, had already created concerns for of cials from Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, the PSTA and school district, who said it could cause bus mirrors to strike vehicles. “My response has been that we don’t really have a bumping mirrors problem in Pinellas County,” Blanton said, “we have a fatality and crash problem in Pinellas County.” While commissioners had no problem with reducing the lane widths, they did take exception to the addition of bike lanes. Business . . . . . . . . . . .10A Classi eds . . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . . .14-15A County . . . . . . . . . . . .6, 8A Entertainment . . . . . . . . .1-3B Health . . . . . . . . . . . .11A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . . .3-5A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .13A Pet connection . . . . . . . . . .8B Police beat . . . . . . . . . . .6A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . . .12ACall 727-397-5563 For News & Advertising City discusses West Bay options Commissioners favor concept without bike lanes, but also wish to see 2-lane option A leap of faith into frigid watersPhotos by JEFF ROSENFIELD By CHRIS GEORGETampa Bay NewspapersLARGO – The Florida Legislature’s 2018 session began Jan. 9, and concerns created by Hurricane Irma are expected to be a hot topic that Largo aims to capitalize on. With the addition of an intergovernmental relations coordinator, the city has bolstered its efforts to secure funding from and build relationships with state legislators. Part of that effort has been a series of meetings city leaders held with Sen. Jeff Brandes and Reps. Chris Latvala, Larry Ahern and Ben Diamond. “We’ve had several legislators tell us that hurricane preparedness and recovery will be a top priority of the Legislature this coming session,” said Cheryl Reed, who started her role as intergovernmental relations coordinator in December. The massive storm that lashed the state in September ended up costing the state billions and the city about $2 million, according to OMB Manager Meridy Semones. It also helped the city identify any de ciencies it had. By CHRIS GEORGETampa Bay NewspapersLARGO – Almost 16 months after Hurricane Hermine drenched Largo, city leaders are still working on cleaning up the mess it left behind, awarding a contract for the repair of several roads damaged by the storm. City commissioners voted 7-0 during a meeting Jan. 2 to award an $854,967 contract to Ajax Paving Industries of Florida for the repair of 11 of the 12 roads damaged during the September 2016 storm that dropped more than 15 inches of rain on the city. “With Hurricane Hermine, there was a lot of rain, which caused the water table to rise and caused a lot of damage to the roadway base, which caused a lot of roads to have pothole damage, structural damage,” said Rafal Cieslak, assistant City hopes to turn concerns into cashProject to x roads damaged by hurricane moves forwardLargo leaders focusing their state appropriation requests on hurricane preparedness, recoveryExperts say gas prices trending higher By SUZETTE PORTERTampa Bay NewspapersHouseholds planning budgets for 2018 likely should add a bit more money to the fuel category. Experts are predicting that Americans will pay the highest gas prices since 2014. The upward trend actually began in 2017, with the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded at $2.39. The average in 2016 was $2.12, according to AAA’s analysts. Motorists paid slightly more in 2015 with the national average coming in at $2.40, and they paid a lot more in 2014 when the average price was $3.34 a gallon. The federal Energy Information Administration predicts that gas prices will average $2.51 in 2018, 12 cents more than the average in 2017, partially due to higher crude oil prices. EIA reports that 2017 ended with crude oil prices at $60 to $65 a barrel – the highest prices since 2013. The agency says oil prices are expected to average $52.77 in 2018, almost $2 more than last year. Gas Buddy released its 2018 fuel outlook Jan. 3. The report’s authors predict that gas prices will average $2.57 this year. On Jan. 3, the national average was $2.49 a gallon, 13 cents more than the same date last year. The state average was $2.45 a gallon, which is 3 cents more than 2016. Motorists in the TampaSt. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area were paying an average of $2.42 cents, about 1 cent more than last year. U.S. gasoline spending is expected to reach $364.6 billion this year, compared to $339.2 billion in 2017 and $302.5 billion in 2016, according to Gas Buddy’s report. The average cost per household is expected to be $1,899, which is $133 more than last year. The highest pump prices, $2.70 and $2.73, coming in April and May, respectively, coincide with the time that re neries stop production of winter blend gasoline and go through an annual maintenance period that occurs before Within two minutes of the cross – and 55 teenage boys – going into the water of Spring Bayou on Jan. 6 during the 112th edition of Tarpon Springs’ Feast Day of the Epiphany, a hand emerged from the icy depths clutching the T-shaped religious symbol tightly. Christosomos “Christian” Chrysakis, an 18-year-old Tarpon Springs High student, was the one who came up with the cross, a ritual that is said to bring good luck to the nder for the next year. Chrysakis was later carried back to the church bearing the Epiphany trophy and cross. “This is unbelievable,” he said. See REQUESTS, page 4A See ROADS, page 4A See GAS, page 4A See WEST BAY, page 3A Prices are expected to average $2.51, 12 cents more than 2017 average Visit to read more about the celebrationMoody Blues bring iconic album to lifeThe Moody Blues, on the road celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Days of Future Passed,” will perform Saturday, Jan. 13, at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The band will re ect back on ve decades of some of the most well-beloved music in pop culture history when it performs “Days of Future Passed,” the iconic album released in 1967. … Page 3B.Band set to ‘Let the Sunshine In’The 5th Dimension, known for hits such as “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” will bring its soulful sophistication and smooth harmonies to the Central Park Performing Arts Center for two performances Sunday, Jan. 14, 2 and 7 p.m. … Page 1B. LARGO Event aims to mix beer, chocolateCraft brewery Arkane Aleworks will join Pinellas Chocolate in Largo on Friday, Jan. 12, for a beer and chocolate-inspired evening. Arkane brewers will visit Pinellas Chocolate’s kitchen event space to discuss using chocolate and cocoa nibs in the brewing process and to sample an exclusive beer made using Pinellas Chocolate. … Page 4A.Center to host gem, jewelry showThe 42nd annual Gem and Jewelry Show of the Pinellas Geological Society will be held Friday through Sunday, Jan. 12-14, at the Central Park Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. … Page 4A.Registration open for group weddingKen Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, announced that registration is now open for the 12th annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding that will be held Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Florida Botanical Gardens. … Page 8A. VIEWPOINTS Tom GermondInk in his blood for 40 years. … Page 12A. TBN SPA MANICURE & PEDICURE W/SHELLAC 39 Exp. 2/15/18 SHAMPOO/CUT/STYLE 25 Exp. 2/15/18 25% OFF NEW NAILS CLIENTSCANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFERS. 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Largo 3A Leader, January 11, 2018 Photo by TOM GERMONDKevin Smith, a Largo resident, scoops up trash along the shoreline of Taylor Lake on the chilly morning of Jan. 6. He has been coming to Taylor Lake Park about every other week since November to help keep the lake clean, saying that his volunteer work is his contribution to the community. Despite the temperatures being in the mid-50s that morning, Smith said he wasn’t underdressed; he was sweating earlier. Giving back“I think that if you put bike lanes on either side right next to traf c lanes, they are going to be used by two guys in tight pants and that’s about it,” Mayor Woody Brown said. Safety and speeding concerns also led commissioners to opt for the second concept, which would feature a two-way left-turn lane, 12-foot multimodal path, a landscaped separation between the roadway and the path, enhanced lighting, landscaped areas at the median and additional pedestrian crossings. The project, however, also comes with a much bigger price tag than the initial concept with bike lanes. “This would entail moving the curb, so it’s a more expensive option,” Blanton said. “You’re looking at anywhere from $3.5 (million) to $4.5 million from a planning level cost, and that may be beyond what Pinellas County has budgeted for its resurfacing project.” Rahim Harji, director of Pinellas County Public Works, agreed with Blanton’s gures. “With the anticipated cost for Concept 2 right now, we don’t have the budget for it,” he said. “That being said, things can get reprioritized, but it’s competing with other projects that we have on our books too.” Harji, however, said the county has put the project on hold for a few months until the local governments can reach a consensus, so there is still time to work out a budget and possibly seek out grants.Why not be bold?'While mentioning the economic benefits of improving safety and accessibility, Blanton cited a similar project on Edgewater Drive in Orlando, which went from four lanes to two with a center turn lane. After making the changes, he said the road saw an in ux of 77 new businesses and a huge increase in property values. “You get more economic bene t the more bold you are with the Complete Streets concept, so if you went down to one lane in each direction and did more, you would probably have more bene t economically,” he said. “But I still think just creating a safe crossing and midblock crossing with landscaped medians would do a heck of a lot to incentivize property owners along that corridor to invest in their properties.” The case study led Brown to ask, “Why not be bold?” He suggested assessing a concept that takes the road down to two lanes. “I hate to stall the situation or put the county on hold any longer, but I would hate to look back in a few years thinking we really should’ve done something better,” he said. Blanton said the plan was never developed because business owners and city officials had a negative reaction to the idea early on in the process. Nevertheless, commissioners said they would like to get an idea of what it might look like. “I don’t know whether the capacity is there to go down to one lane east of Indian Rocks Road or not,” Brown said. “I don’t crunch those kind of numbers, but when you told me that Edgewater in Orlando had 70 new businesses come along the corridor, had a huge economic boon to the area, I think that’s an opportunity. And if you can take advantage of that opportunity without negatively affecting traffic flow or significantly affecting traf c ow, I think it’d be irresponsible not to consider that.” Blanton, who meets with Belleair Bluffs officials Jan. 22, said he would work with the county on the feasibility of it before coming up with a design concept and report back his ndings. 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4A Largo Leader, January 11, 2018 Around LargoPinellas Chocolate, Arkane team up for eventLARGO – Craft brewery Arkane Aleworks will join Pinellas Chocolate, 10550 72nd St., Largo, on Friday, Jan. 12, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., for a beer and chocolate-inspired evening. Arkane brewers will visit Pinellas Chocolate’s kitchen event space to discuss using chocolate and cocoa nibs in the brewing process and to sample an exclusive beer made using Pinellas Chocolate. A collaborative chocolate for the event also may be offered. Tickets are $15 and include beer and chocolate samples. The event is for those age 21 and older.City to host ShredFest on Jan. 20LARGO – Join the city of Largo for ShredFest on Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Starkey Road Recycling Center, 1551 Starkey Road. The drive-thru event allows residents to bring up to ve boxes of documents for free and secure on-site shredding and recycling. The Starkey Road Recycling Center is also a 24-hour facility where residents can drop off their mixed recycling at no cost and pick up free, recycled mulch year-round. To learn more about ShredFest or other upcoming sustainability events, visit or call 727-587-6760.Largo Winterfest to bene t Largo High PTSALARGO – The Largo High PTSA and Simply Events, Inc., are teaming up to bring Winterfest to Largo High School, 410 Missouri Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Largo Winterfest is the largest Largo High PTSA fundraiser held on campus and it will be open to the public as well as students. Community residents are encouraged to attend, and all proceeds will support the Largo High PTSA directly. Main Winterfest features include K-12 Battle of the Bands and Chili Cook-Off sponsored by Pinellas Technical College; silent student art auction; carnival games; food trucks; photo booths; free kids games and activities; arts and crafts; Largo Business Expo and local Artisan Craft Fair; kids area including face painting and much more. Other school programs will also be raising funds for the 2018 School Year offering fun activities. Event entry is free. Cost is $5 to park on the school grounds.LPD to host Senior Empowerment Day LARGO – The Largo Police Department Senior Services division is teaming up again with Aging in America Advocacy conferences to offer the third annual Senior Empowerment Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 S. Highland Ave. The free event includes speakers on senior issues, including fraud prevention, abuse and successful aging, vendor tables, door prizes and a complimentary lunch. CarFit also will be on site offering free car safety evaluations. Learn more about the CarFit program at Free registration is required and can be made at, www. or by phone at 1-800-530-7047. Largo Police Senior Services Officer Joel Quattlebaum also will be discussing the current scams targeting vulnerable older adults, and the Pinellas County Consumer Protection department will be on site to address potential fraud as well as the protections available. A panel discussion will outline best practices for aging. St. Paul United Methodist Church will feature its Joy and Handicapable Ministries, highlighting the spiritual opportunities available. For more information, contact Quattlebaum at 727-586-7351. Largo Central ParkLargo Central Park is at 101 Central Park Drive. Within the park are the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive; the Largo Feed Store, 295 Central Park Drive; and the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. To contact the library, call 727-587-6715.Geology society to host gem, jewelry showLARGO – The 42nd annual Gem and Jewelry Show of the Pinellas Geological Society will be held Friday through Sunday, Jan. 12-14, at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, Parkside Room. The show will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13 and noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 14. Admission is free. A donation of $1.50 will enter attendees into an hourly drawing. A silent auction will be conducted every hour. The Pinellas Geological Society is a nonpro t organization.Ukulele society to hold monthly workshopLARGO – A monthly ukulele workshop will be held at the Largo Public Library on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Hosted by the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society, the workshop provides an introduction to the ukulele. A limited number of instruments will be supplied by the society, so participants are urged to bring their own if you have one. For more information, call 727-587-6715, email libraryinfo@largo. com, or visit Highland Recreation ComplexHighland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Visit or call 727-518-3016.Highland offering ballroom dancing classesLARGO – Highland Recreation Complex is now offering ballroom dancing classes for families. Families will be taught in a casual, fun environment with lively, contemporary music. Class will be on Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The monthly cost is $40 for members and $80 for nonmembers. Friday Night Fever events coming upLARGO – Kids can play in the gym, Playworld, Game Room and Exerplay at Highland Recreation Complex during Friday Night Fever events from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 19 and 26. The snack shop will be open for pizza, drink and snack purchases. A registration form is required for each child, who must be between ages 3 and in the fth grade. Preschool children are separate from school-age children. The cost is $6 for members and $12 for nonmembers.Southwest Recreation ComplexSouthwest Recreation Complex, which includes an aquatic complex, is at 13120 Vonn Road. Call 727-518-3125 for recreation or 727-518-3126 for the pool. Visit or to host adaptive karaoke, danceLARGO – Southwest Recreation Complex will host a pair of events for those with special needs Friday, Jan. 12. Adaptive karaoke will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by an adaptive dance for those age 15-35 from 7 to 9 p.m. Each event costs $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers.Largo Community CenterThe Largo Community Center is at 400 Alt. Keene Road. Visit or call 727-518-3131.Amateur show to feature young talentLARGO – The Largo Community Center presents an evening of vocal entertainment by three of Largo’s up-and-coming young stars Friday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. The evening includes performances by Jordan Krolak, the 2016 Largo’s Got Talent show winner, and Sam Lopez, an aspiring songwriter and performer. Tickets are $7 per person and are on sale at the center. See LARGO, page 5Aengineering director. “So, 12 of the sites had potholes, the road just opened up or failure to the base pumping through the asphalt, weakening the structural components of the road.” Ajax Paving Industries, which is based out of North Venice, is one of two companies that bid on the project. Preferred Materials Inc., which bid $971,961, was the other. More than $98,000 of the contract has come from FEMA, which has already reimbursed the city for work completed at the 12th site at Mallory Drive and 126th Avenue. The money from FEMA will only be used for sections of roadway that were damaged by the hurricane, while the FY 2018-2022 Capital Improvements Program has $1.72 million budgeted to pave blocks where improvements are needed. The application for the project was submitted to FEMA in March, so the speed at which the city received the funding gave Commissioner Curtis Holmes reason to be optimistic about claims related to Hurricane Irma. “I’m glad FEMA’s already done this,” he said. “If you turned these rocks over in six months, that’s marvelous.” Because of FEMA requirements, Cieslak said the project should commence soon. “I’m coordinating with the contractor right now to get a notice to proceed,” Cieslak said. “Our plan is to get the project started as soon as we can. FEMA’s cutoff date to have the work completed is the end of this March.”In other newsCommissioners voted to ratify the collective bargaining agreement with the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association, supervisory unit, for a three-year term through Sept. 30, 2020. The unit, which is comprised of six police lieutenants, will receive a 3 percent average annual wage increase. Therefore, the city pitched six funding requests – four of them related to hurricane preparedness – to Brandes in hopes he would sponsor them. Those projects included a generator for an employee shelter, emergency fuel storage vaults, survivable fiber data network, sanitary sewer over ow prevention, Rosery Road Community Street reconstruction and police portable radio replacement. “This is the first year that we’ve met one on one with legislators to determine what their priorities are,” Semones said. “They need to ultimately submit our appropriations requests as a bill for funding that has to be supported by other members of the Legislature, so it needs to be one of their priorities as well as one of ours.” Reed said the conversations also included discussions about issues such as transportation, redevelopment and home rule. “We had some very good, broad conversations about the future of Largo and the direction in which the city was looking to grow.” In November, Largo commissioners approved a resolution opposing legislative efforts to impede municipal home rule powers, such as bills that impose limits on community redevelopment agencies and prevent cities from regulating short-term rentals. “It did seem like the elected ofcials were very conscious of the concerns of both city and county governments as it related to home rule,” Reed said. “It seemed like they had heard the message loud and clear already. In some instances, they explained their point of view and the point of view of really wanting to ensure that the taxpayers are protected from a nancial standpoint. So, we did have some frank conversations.” But even if the city’s requests don’t yield results this year, Semones and Reed said they hope the efforts will lead to progress in the future. “I think what we were really focusing on most importantly was just beginning to develop those relationships with our elected officials so that they know who we were and we began developing relationships with them as well as with their staff,” Reed said. “My goal has been to keep expectations reasonable and modest at this particular point in time as we begin to grow into a more robust legislative program.” REQUESTS, from page 1A Photo by TERRE PORTERMotorists ll up Sunday afternoon at a Shell station in Largo. The federal Energy Information Administration predicts that gas prices will average $2.51 in 2018.they begin production of the more expensive summer blend. EPA regulations require production and sale of summer blend gasoline from June 1-Sept. 15 in an effort to reduce smog and pollution during the peak driving season. The transition from the winter blend to the summer blend can increase gas prices from 25 cents to 75 cents a gallon, according to Gas Buddy’s experts. Other in uences on gas prices include unscheduled problems at refineries and the weather, as was evidenced by the hurricanes of 2017, which greatly affected production and consequently gasoline supplies and prices, especially in Texas and Florida. Additional factors that affect gas prices include the strength of global economies; the relative value of major currencies; supply and demand of oil and gasoline; pipeline logistics; state and local taxes; and politics, Gas Buddy points out in its report. Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA, said prices are now relatively stable across the southeastern U.S., and January pump prices are expected to go down soon. They will likely be among the lowest of the year with the national average forecast to be $2.41 a gallon. “Gas prices normally decline during January and February, as gasoline demand hits the lowest levels of the year,” Jenkins said. “The pump-price plunge has faced resistance from oil prices which have been trading at two-year highs. Oil analysts believe the oil market is somewhat in ated due to geopolitical tensions and supply concerns, but prices should decline soon.” The EIA says decisions to curtail production by members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, more commonly referred to as OPEC, have had a profound effect on crude oil prices even though the crude oil production in the United States has remained relatively high. U.S. product supplied for crude oil and petroleum products last year was the highest level since 2007. “The OPEC agreement to curtail crude oil production in 2017 and subsequent extension of that agreement through 2018 tightened oil supplies, which put upward pressure on crude oil prices,” the EIA says. But gas prices aren’t expected to reach levels that will stop motorists from traveling for work and pleasure. And despite increasing demand, none of the experts expects that this year’s prices will eclipse the record set in 2008 when the national average reached $4.11 in July. Still, there are a lot of factors that can’t be controlled. Remember hurricanes Harvey and Irma? “Motorists probably won’t be getting pumped up to pay more at the pump this year, but should nd some solace in knowing we won’t come anywhere near record prices this year while most of the country will continue to see plenty of prices in the $2 per gallon range,” said Patrick DeHaan, Gas Buddy’s head of petroleum analysis. Florida’s gas prices averaged $2.44 a gallon Jan. 1, 3 cents more than the same date last year. As of Jan. 7, the state average was $2.45. Motorists in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metro Area were paying an average of $2.41, about the same as the day before and almost 1 cent less than last week. According to’s price nder, on Jan. 7 motorists in Pinellas County were paying between $2.39 and $2.31 with the cheapest price available at a station in Pinellas Park. GAS, from page 1A Roads to be repairedThe following roads will be repaired as part of the Hurricane Hermine Roadway Infrastructure Improvements project.  Fifth Avenue from Sixth Street NE to Fourth Street NE  Sixth Street NE from Fourth Avenue NE to Third Avenue NE  Vancouver Drive from Ocean Courts to Edmont Circle  Keene Park Drive from Keene Road to Brook eld Drive  Rodgers Avenue from Ulmerton Road to Nicole Lane  116th Street SW from 20th Avenue SW to 21st Avenue SW  125th Avenue from Vonn Road to dead end  Kimberly Oaks Circle  Eldon Drive to 126th Avenue  126th Avenue from 137th Street to 134th Street  Bluff Drive from Crooked Pine to Hilltop LaneOK, it’s that time of year again. It’s New Years, it’s time for resolutions. I admit that this is a recurring theme for me in this column. Each year I bring the subject up, but that is only because I consider it such an important one, so please forgive me any repetition. New Years is simply a convenient time to reassess our genealogical challenges and do something about them. During the year when normal life activities compete for attention along with our research, it is often easy to lose our way… to lose track of what is most important to us in our research quests. Some well-considered New Year’s resolutions can do a lot to maintain needed focus during the year. And no small reward is the good feelings that come along with being able to cross a completed resolution off the list. An important side benefit of coming up with resolutions is the thought process that by necessity has to come before the writing of any resolutions. This is the assessment that must be made of the state of our research to date, the review of the data that we have amassed already, the documents that we have collected, the interviews we have conducted, etc. Only through this assessment are we able to see where the holes in our research are, what the overlooked or ignored tasks are that keep us from moving forward. And it is those items, of course, that can bene t from the resolution-making process. The list does not have to be long, but it does have to contain items that are important to our research. Typically, they are items that contain a degree of dif culty and hence may be ones that we would naturally neglect. That is why we benefit from writing them down and keeping them visible as the year progresses. I won’t bore you with the mechanics of writing good resolutions, but suffice it to say that as much as possible the items should be specific, their accomplishment measurable, and they should have a time limit set for them. That ensures that they are doable, and you will be able to tell when you have completed the items. After all, it is only when you have completed them that you get the satisfaction of crossing them off the list. Let me share with you three of my 10 or so resolutions. One is to read at least one genealogy howto book each quarter and write a review of it. It is important for me because I could include that review in this column, and most surely include it in a newsletter that I write, and even in a genealogy blog to which I contribute. This item appears on my list every year, and doing it keeps me informed about research techniques that I can share with others as well as use myself. Another is to research my mother’s brother and his line of descendants. I want to uncover as many cousins as I can in this task, as well as learn about my uncle’s life. I just located a descendant of his that I need to interview. I usually get so wrapped up in finding ancestors (researching back in time) that I can use the nudge of a resolution to help me adjust my usual focus. In this case I want to start with my uncle and work forward in time to the present through all those lines of descendants. The nal resolution I will share is to attend at least two genealogy seminars during the year. This requires a bit of planning and preparation: choosing the seminar, arranging travel if needed, budgeting the expenses, etc. This is something that I could easily put off doing until the opportunity has passed and I have missed the event completely. It will require a timely survey of conferences to be sure I identify ones that will be most bene cial to me, and ones that are feasible to attend in light of other obligations I have. So, there you have three from my list. They are not necessarily unique to me, but they are important, and that is what counts. I hope you have been motivated to do a bit of assessment and planning after reading this. Like most travels, our research journey will not end up where we intend without some serious consideration and forethought. Resolutions can give us a roadmap we need to successfully guide our family history research. As an end note, and just in case attending a seminar may be on your list also, let me give a plug for the Pinellas Genealogy Society seminar coming up on Feb. 24. It is co-sponsored by the Largo Public Library, and will take place there (120 Central Park Drive, Largo) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It features a professional genealogist and noted speaker, Judy Russell, who will make four presentations during the day. In addition, two other noted professionals will be breakout speakers: George G. Morgan and Drew Smith. In addition to the speakers, the registration fee also includes a continental breakfast, box lunch, and beverages throughout the day. You will also nd a huge book sale, door prizes, and a wonderful opportunity to network with other researchers, both new and experienced. You can read more about the speakers’ topics and get a registration form by going to www. Sem18.aspx (at the top and bottom of the information page is a link to a downloadable registration form). In addition, a direct link to a registration form is at www. SeminarRegForm2018.pdf or one can be requested at pgs Peter Summers is an amateur genealogist who has been working on his family history since 1972. He is past president of the Pinellas Genealogy Society.New Year’s resolutions are genealogist’s friend ROADS, from page 1A Genealogy exposedPeter Summers


Largo 5A Leader, January 11, 2018Photography workshops kick offLARGO – The Studio @ The Center, part of The Largo Community Center, is offering monthly photography workshops to help you get the most out of your digital camera, smartphone/tablet camera or traditional camera. On Jan. 17, beginners are invited to learn basic camera functions; Feb. 7 will focus on portrait photography; nding the light will be the theme for the March 7 class; and April 4 will introduce beach photography. All workshops meet from 6 to 9 p.m. and preregistration deadlines are one week before the workshop date. The cost per workshop is $30 for Largo Recreation members and $60 for nonmembers.Aspiring writers group seeks writersLARGO – The Aspiring Writers Group at the Largo Community Center is looking for new members. Under the direction of Angela Pisaturo, the program teaches the fundamentals of writing for beginning writers through word exercises, group writing and class critique. The group meets on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $12 per week for members and $24 for nonmembers. Preregister for the entire month and receive a discount. Group meetingsLargo Woman's ClubLARGO – The Largo Woman’s Club meets the rst Tuesdays of each month at Royal Palms, 200 Lake Ave. NE, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with sign-in at 11:15 a.m. The cost is $8, which includes lunch and a special guest speaker. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 6, and the speaker will be Nick Patel from USAmeriBank. Meetings and fundraisers are open to all women, and Largo residency is not required to attend. For more information, call Rita at 727-447-1808 or Ginny at 321-288-1239.American Legion Post 119LARGO – American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW, will host several events that are open to the public. Lunches are served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring burgers and specials each day. Friday Night Dinners are served from 5 to 8 p.m., with music by Karaoke DJ Bill Johnson, 7 to 11 p.m. The cost is $7.25 for shrimp or a four-piece chicken dinner or all-you-can-eat fried sh. It is served with rolls, French fries and coleslaw. Saturday Night Dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m., with music by various artists weekly, 7 to 11 p.m. The cost is $8.25 and includes bacon-wrapped let mignon served with a salad, baked potato and rolls. Coffee is $1. Sons of the American Legion Post 119 sponsor “Wing Madness” every Monday night, 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy chicken wings served hot, mild, barbecue, butter and garlic and spicy barbecue for $5 for six or $8 for 12. French fries and onion rings are available. Bob Swenson provides music from 6 to 8 p.m. Proceeds bene t the Special Olympics, Fisher House at Bay Pines, and American Legion National Child Welfare Foundation and National Emergency Fund.Largo Lions ClubLARGO – The Largo Lions Club meets on the rst and third Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Tailgaters, 13847 Walsingham Road. The club is a network of volunteers who serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. For more information, email or visit Club of Largo/Mid-PinellasLARGO – The Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas meets for dinner at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at The Suncoast Caf, 1921 West Bay Drive. Each meeting features a speaker and fellowship over a meal, where members plan service and fundraising projects Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization founded in 1915 to serve the children of the world and at the local level. For more information, visit or call 727-536-0412.Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic ClubLARGO – The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Acropol Restaurant, 1170 Starkey Road. Meetings have a featured speaker and generally candidates for local and state of ces attend. The club serves the entire central Pinellas area. Food is available to purchase at the restaurant. For more information, contact club president Mary Lou Ambrose at 727-433-4045 or visit Club of Greater LargoLARGO – The Republican Club of Greater Largo meets on the third Mondays, 6 p.m., at Alfano’s Restaurant, 1702 Clearwater-Largo Road. Meeting starts with dinner followed by a speaker. The Republican Club of Greater Largo serves the entire central Pinellas area, welcoming Republicans from Belleair Bluffs, the beaches, Feather Sound and Largo. For more information, call club President Ed Hooper at 727-458-4751. 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6A County Leader, January 11, 2018 Police BeatInjuries reported in Largo lawn care truck crashLARGO – Largo police responded to a single-vehicle crash that occurred about 1:59 p.m. Jan. 6 on Eighth Avenue Southwest and Mac Crillus Road. Police say a lawn care truck traveling east on Eight Avenue Southwest ran off the road and struck a bridge over a creek near the intersection with Mac Crillus Road. The truck rolled over and landed on the other side of the creek, damaging a reclaimed water pipe and the bridge guardrails. The truck was pulling a trailer, loaded with lawn equipment, which fell into the creek. The roadway was closed for several hours while the equipment was removed from the creek. The driver of the truck, Richard Egan, 54, and two passengers, one of which was ejected from the truck, were transported to local hospitals via Sunstar ambulances and Bay ight. All three were reportedly in stable condition as of the afternoon of Jan. 6. The investigation into the crash continues.18-year-old charged with setting re to restroom at Pinellas Park soccer complexPINELLAS PARK – Pinellas Park police charged an 18-year-old with arson in the second-degree Jan. 6 for reportedly setting fire to the women’s restroom pavilion at the city’s Youth Soccer Complex. Rio Cheyenne Evey of Pinellas Park was booked into the county jail where bail was set at $10,000. Several Pinellas Park re and police units responded to a re in the eastern-most women’s restroom pavilion at the complex located in the 3700 block of 66th Avenue about 2:15 p.m. Evey was still at the scene and police identi ed her as a suspect. Police say when detectives interviewed her, she reportedly admitted to setting the re in two adjacent bathroom stalls using a lighter to ignite toilet paper and a McDonald’s fry carton. Of cials estimate damage to the restrooms at $19,000.Largo man accused of hitting transport vanLARGO – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 57-year-old Largo man for DUI on Jan. 6 after he rear-ended a sheriff’s transport van at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and U.S. 19 in unincorporated Largo, police said. According to deputies with the Major Accident Investigation Team, G4S driver Of cer Michael Hanson was stopped in a transport van at a red light in the westbound lane at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and U.S. 19. While waiting for the light to change, the transport van was struck from behind by a 2016 Toyota Corolla driven by Mark D. Foster, who was traveling westbound in the median lane of Ulmerton Road. Deputies say Foster failed to see Hanson stopped for a red light and rear-ended the transport van. There were no prisoners in the transport van at the time of the crash. Hanson was transported to Northside Hospital with minor injuries. According to deputies, Foster showed numerous signs of impairment and was arrested for driving under the in uence with injury/property damage. Foster had Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), of .143/.154. He was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident. Bail was set at $1,000. He was released on a surety bond at 9:48 a.m. the same day.Man charged with robbing Belleair Bluffs bankBELLEAIR BLUFFS – Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a man Jan. 3 about 11 minutes after he reportedly robbed a bank with a knife in Belleair Bluffs. Deputies responded to The Bank of the Ozarks, 525 Indian Rocks Road, regarding a report of a bank robbery about 3:27 p.m. When they arrived, they were told that a man armed with a knife had approached two bank tellers and demanded cash. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from the bank teller and ed the scene. Deputies obtained a physical description of the suspect and began searching the area. About 10 minutes later, undercover detectives located a vehicle driving in the area of Ponce De Leon Boulevard and Indian Rocks Road with a passenger that t the description of the bank robbery suspect. Belleair Police of cers and Pinellas deputies conducted a traf c stop on the vehicle. Deputies made contact with the occupants in the vehicle identi ed as Brian Kleer, 43 of Belleair Bluffs, Justin Turek, 27 of Largo and Michael Sadusky, a 60-year-old transient who t the description of the suspect. Detectives say Sadusky had cash on his person consistent with the amount stolen from the bank and a knife similar to the one used in the bank robbery. During the investigation, detectives learned that after Sadusky ed the bank, he had walked to the Belleair Bluffs Apartments, 675 Indian Rocks Road, where he asked for a ride with Kleer and Turek, who is Kleer’s nephew. Detectives say Kleer and Turek had no knowledge of the bank robbery. Detectives interviewed Sadusky and he reportedly admitted to committing the bank robbery. He was arrested at 3:38 p.m. and transported to the Pinellas County Jail where he was charged with one count of armed robbery. Bail was set at $50,000.Deputy saves woman trying to jump off bridgeA Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a 50-year-old Tampa woman from jumping off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge about 11:50 p.m. Jan. 2. Deputy Damon Laney, 37, was driving to an off-duty work detail, northbound across the top span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Hillsborough County that Tuesday night when he noticed a car parked on the roadway along the side of the bridge with its hazards lights on. Laney turned on his emergency lights and started to pull behind the vehicle. The driver exited the vehicle and ran toward the outside barrier wall of the bridge. She then attempted to climb over the wall and jump. Laney, who had no time to exit his vehicle, used his vehicle to trap her legs between the push bumper and the wall. Laney exited his vehicle, but the woman had already freed herself and was completely over the wall with the exception of one arm. Laney grabbed her by the waist and pulled her back over the wall where she continued to struggle until she was handcuffed. She was not injured during the incident, according to a press release from the sheriff’s of ce. When Laney detained the woman, she cried and said, “Just, let me jump.” She later told Laney she was upset over personal issues. Deputies took the woman into protective custody under the Baker Act. Laney is currently assigned to the Patrol Operations DUI Unit. He has been with the sheriff’s of ce for ve years.Detectives investigating fatal mobile home reST. PETERSBURG – Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a Dec. 30 mobile home re that resulted in one death. Deputies responded to the mobile home at 7499 46th Ave. N., Lot 32 in Unincorporated St. Petersburg about 2 p.m. Neighbors reported seeing thick black smoke and ames coming from the mobile home. Multiple re rescue units from Lealman, Pinellas Park Fire Rescue, and Kenneth City responded to extinguish the mobile home. Once the re was extinguished, re ghters made entry and located a dead body inside of the bathroom doorway of the mobile home. Detectives say the deceased has been identi ed as 41-year-old Randy Reed, who lived in the mobile home with his mother. The mother was not home when the re occurred. Detectives say that they are working with the Florida State Fire Marshal to determine the origin of the re, which may have started in one of the bedrooms, and the Medical Examiner’s Of ce to determine the cause of manner of death of Reed. The re does not appear to be suspicious in nature. Compiled by SUZETTE PORTER By SUZETTE PORTERTampa Bay NewspapersGov. Rick Scott announced some good news toward the end of 2017. Juvenile arrests statewide have dropped to the lowest point in 42 years. According to a recent delinquency report from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, arrests dropped 7 percent in the last scal year and 25 percent in the last ve years. “Our state has made signi cant strides in reforming our juvenile justice system and I am proud to announce today that juvenile arrests have dropped to a historic 42-year low,” Scott said in a Dec. 28 press release. Scott highlighted five of the state’s counties with the largest populations, including Orange County, which had a 15 percent decrease in juvenile arrests. Hillsborough County came in next with a 14 percent reduction, followed by Broward and MiamiDade counties with a 7 percent decrease. Juvenile intake arrests were down 5 percent in Pinellas for scal year 2016-2017, according to the report. Arrests totaled 4,133, down from 4,356 in FY 2015-2016. And, compared to FY 2012-2013, arrests were down 12 percent in Pinellas with 4,691 juveniles being arrested that year.By the numbersA breakdown of the numbers for Pinellas County shows that juvenile males run afoul of the law more than females with 3,320 males arrested last year compared to 813 females. In FY 2015-2016, 3,528 males were arrested and 828 females, and in FY 2012-2013, 3,652 males were arrested and 1,039 females. The majority of those arrested were black – 62 percent in fiscal years 2016-2017 and 2015-2016, and 52 percent in FY 2012-2013. Thirty percent arrested in 20162017 were white, 39 percent in 2015-2016 and 41 percent in 2012-2013. Less than 10 percent were Hispanic juveniles. Juveniles age 17 and older made up about 24 percent of arrests in all three fiscal years. Most of the arrests were juveniles ages 15-16. In FY 2016-2017 48 percent were ages 15-16, 50 percent in FY 2015-2016 and 46 percent in FY 2012-2013. Juveniles ages 13-14 made up 24 percent of arrests in FY 2016-2017, 22 percent in FY 2015-2016 and 24 percent in FY 2012-2013. Arrests of ages 5-12 accounted for less than 10 percent. In FY 2016-2017 and FY 2015-2016, most of the offenses committed by juveniles in Pinellas were felonies – 47 percent compared to only 35 percent in FY 2012-2013. In FY 20162017, 27 percent of offenses were misdemeanors; 35 percent in FY 2015-2016; and 44 percent in FY 2012-2013. The remainder of the arrests was classi ed as “other.” The top three felonies were burglary, aggravated assault/ battery and auto theft. More burglaries were committed in FY 2016-2017, 735, compared to 706 in FY 2015-2016 and 588 in FY 2012-2013. Last fiscal year, 250 juveniles were arrested for aggravated assault/battery, down from 282 in FY 2015-2016 and 314 in FY 2012-2013. Local law enforcement has been battling a big problem with auto theft among juveniles, which in some cases had led to tragic endings. Three teens died in October 2017 in a stolen car that crashed in Palm Harbor. In March 2016, three teenage girls drowned when they crashed a stolen car in a pond in St. Petersburg. Of cials have been working on solutions and that work is ongoing. The good news is that the numbers are going down. Last year, only 350 juveniles were arrested for auto theft, down from 418 in FY 20152016. Still 350 is still a big number compared to only 130 arrested for the same crime in FY 2012-2013. Of those arrested for auto theft last year, 14 percent were females and 86 percent were males – about the same as prior years. 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8A County Leader, January 11, 2018 County BriefsRegistration opens for annual Valentine's group weddingKen Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, announced that registration is now open for the 12th annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding. Up to 50 couples are expected to be joined together for one group wedding ceremony on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Wedding Garden of the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. “Our Valentine’s Day Group Wedding event continues to be a very popular option for couples interested in celebrating the most romantic day of the year,” said Burke. The Clerk’s of ce is showcasing the special event complete with an eye-catching window display at the downtown Clearwater Courthouse. Aimee Matsko and Shantel Grif n, owners of Bearer of the Bling in Kenneth City, volunteered to design and set up the Clerk’s window display this year. A single ceremony will unite all couples in attendance. Everyone will be serenaded with a cappella melodies performed by the Charmonizers Barbershop Quartet. In addition, the couples will be treated to beautiful melodies performed by Deputy Clerks Tiffany Clayton and James Beaty. After the ceremony, the couples and their guests will celebrate with wedding cake and refreshments provided by local sponsors. The Clerk has waived the normal $30 ceremony fee. Standard marriage license fees will still apply. To participate, couples must sign-up no later than Friday, Jan. 26. To complete the online registration, visit www. To be eligible to register for the 2018 wedding event, application for a marriage license must be made between Dec. 16, 2017 and Feb. 9, 2018. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Wedding Garden of the Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Couples will receive a special Commemorative Marriage Certi cate, which will be mailed within one week from the date of the ceremony with the of cial Certi cate of Marriage. All couples should arrive at the Botanical Gardens by 1 p.m. on the day of the event with their marriage license and identi cation. For more information, call Recording Services at 727464-3008 or visit For more information about the Wedding Garden or the Florida Botanical Gardens, visit www. Collectors Of ce gears up for driver license renewalsAccording to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, one in six Pinellas County drivers will renew their driver license in 2018. That’s an estimated 125,630 license renewals, a 38 percent increase over 2017. This number doesn’t include new drivers, people who move to Pinellas County or residents who don’t drive and need to obtain a Florida ID card. To avoid long waits, drivers are encouraged to renew online at If you move, you can also change your address online. There’s one catch: before you renew online, make sure your license is REAL ID compliant. If your license has a yellow star icon or a star inside a circle, your license is REAL ID compliant. Under federal law, all U.S. adults will need a REAL ID driver license or other acceptable form of identi cation, such as a U.S. passport, to board commercial domestic ights beginning Oct. 1, 2020. NonREAL ID licenses will continue to be valid for driving purposes until they expire. Florida’s online driver license renewal system allows people to renew non-REAL IDs online. Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas encourages drivers to check their license before deciding how to renew. “If your license is already a REAL ID, we advise you to renew online. However, if your license is not a REAL ID, you cannot upgrade to a REAL ID online,” said Thomas. “The only way to obtain your rst REAL ID is by renewing in person.” If you must renew your license in person, you can make an appointment online at Wait times are typically shortest between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Of ces are busiest the day before and the day after federal holiday. For more information, visit One more thing for drivers who renew their license in 2018: Florida recently changed its driver license design with a new look and increased fraud protection. Drivers who renew online or in person in 2018 will both receive the new license design.Enrollment continues for Sunstar FirstCare Ambulance MembershipThe enrollment period for Sunstar FirstCare Ambulance Membership is underway for Pinellas County residents to help save money on medical transportation costs. The Sunstar FirstCare Ambulance Membership is not an insurance plan. It is a Pinellas County government program that works with an individual’s insurance company to cover out of pocket ambulance expenses. The membership covers 100 percent of expenses associated with deductibles and co-payment. It also covers 50 percent of the cost for any trips denied by the insurance company. If members are uninsured, they receive a 20 percent discount on ambulance transportation services. This is an average savings of $80 per transport. The family membership covers those related by blood, marriage or adoption who reside in the same household. It is estimated that the average cost of a single transport is $731. Annual membership fees are $66 for a single membership and $101 for a family membership. For more information, call 727-582-2008 or visit rstcare. Here we are a few days into 2018 and we're all working diligently to stay true to the vows we made moving into the New Year.Many of us began the year promising to improve our well-being by eating healthier foods, avoiding stressful situations and getting more exercise. These are all good New Year's resolutions ... but the beginning of a new year also happens to be the perfect time to resolve to improve your financial fitness. Elizabeth (Liza) Campa-Flanagan, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER with Raymond James Financial Services Inc., offers a few financial exercises that can help set you on the course to fiscal health. "With 2018 underway, instead of rushing to what's next', it's a good time to pause and reflect on 2017 to better understand any existing constraints, strengths, and weaknesses before making plans for the year ahead," Liza says. "2017 can best be described as a year of synchronized global growth among the world's major economies." This was evident by soaring equity markets in Europe, Asia, and the United States. In the World Economic Outlook report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the global growth forecast for 2017 was estimated at 3.6%, while 2018 is forecast at 3.7%. This is an acceleration from 3.2% recorded for 2016. The IMF said the pickup in activity that started in the second half of 2016 "gained further momentum" in the first six months of 2017. "The global upswing in economic activity is strengthening," the IMF said in its executive summary (IMF World Economic Outlook, October 2017). According to Jeffrey Saut, Raymond James Chief Investment Strategist, the United States is in the midst of a secular bull market with years left to run. This is not to say that he does not expect downturns, instead he believes pullbacks are likely to be muted, normal in nature, and treated as buying opportunities. Steps to Fiscal Fitness Ready to go over your new financial fitness regimen? Like all good exercise programs, begin with a warm-up session. Get your balance sheet in order Review your budget and spending habits Revisit your portfolio's asset allocation Set up a regular review schedule with your advisor Make appropriate changes or adjustments Once you have the groundwork out of the way, move on to some of the more advanced exercises: Review the titling of your accounts Account titling often occurs haphazardly an individual opens an account, meets Mr. or Miss Right, then decides to live together or get married and down the line there's a problem. If one partner dies and that account is still titled only in the original holder's name, those assets can't be accessed readily by the survivor. The solution may be as straight forward as changing to joint accounts, but it's not always that simple. Designate and update your beneficiaries If you don't correctly document and update your beneficiary designations, who gets what may be determined not according to your wishes, but by federal or state law, or by the default plan document used in your retirement accounts. You should update your beneficiaries on anything that affects your heirs (wills, life insurance, annuities, IRAs, 401(k)s or qualified plans). Retirees: Evaluate your sources of retirement income Many retirees have several sources of income such as Social Security, pensions, retirement portfolios, rental properties, notes receivable, inheritances, etc. Think about how secure each source is. Know which income sources are reliable and which are less certain, and how much of your total income each category represents. If too much of your retirement income is from sources you consider less than solid, it may be time to reposition your assets. Pre-Retirees: Review your Social Security statement If you're not yet retired, you may wish to go online and establish an account with the Social Security Administration the SSA no longer sends individual statements of accrued benefits in the mail. Review your statement, and be sure all your earnings over the years have been recorded. Use the SSA's online calculator to compute your benefits at various retirement ages. Review the tax efficiency of your charitable giving If appropriate for your situation, think strategically about your contributions donate low-cost-basis stocks rather than cash, for example. Or, consider establishing a donor advised fund, which enables you to take an upfront deduction for contributions made over the next several years and potentially provides other benefits. Evaluate your cash holdings Everyone should have a certain amount of easily accessible assets six or more months of living expenses is a common rule of thumb set aside in cash accounts that can be accessed quickly and easily. Think about where your cash reserves are located, bearing in mind that only member banks of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. can offer FDIC insurance, and only up to a maximum of $250,000 per account. Stick with it Since we all know that resolutions tend not to survive very long, add one more resolution to the list: Resolve to really follow through this year. Moving into 2018 As you begin improving your fiscal health for 2018, Liza discusses some considerations that may affect your planning. Social Security the Social Security Administration has announced a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to recipients' monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. More than 66 million Americans will see the 2% increase in their payments beginning in January of 2018. The increase is tied to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers and was put in place to ensure the purchasing power of these benefits isn't eroded by inflation. The increase is the largest since the 3.6% hike in 2012 (AARP). Retirement Contributions for both the 2017and 2018 tax years, individual investors can contribute up to $5,500 to either a traditional or Roth IRA. If you're over 50, you can contribute an extra $1,000. This is a reminder to help you take full advantage of your ability to save toward retirement. Contributing as much as you can as early as possible allows those assets more time to grow and compound. Keep in mind that IRA contributions generally must be made before you file your tax return in April. For 2018, you may contribute up to $18,500 (an increase from 2017's $18,000 limit) to applicable 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans; as well as the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan. The catch-up contribution limit for individuals age 50 or older remains at $6,000. Liza Campa-Flanagan believes that educating clients is essential to building their trust and confidence in the decisions they make. She explains each choice and its implications, so clients can achieve both shortand longterm goals. "Recognizing the importance of well-informed investors, I make every effort to educate all clients about the complexities of investing, while encouraging reasonable expectations of investment results," Liza said. "I am dedicated to the success of my clients through quality planning and thoughtful advice." PAID ADVERTISEMENT Elizabeth (Liza) Campa-Flanagan is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional and Certified Investment Management Analyst¨ for Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. Liza's branch is located at 645 N. Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770. 727-585-1212 lizacampaflanagan Every investor's situation is unique and you should consider your investment goals, risk tolerance and time horizon before making any investment. Investing involves risk and you may incur a profit or loss regardless of strategy selected. Investments mentioned may not be suitable for all investors. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP¨, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP¨ in the U.S. Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA¨) is the owner of the certification marks "CIMA¨," and "Certified Investment Management Analyst¨." Use of CIMA¨ or Certified Investment Management Analyst¨ signifies that the user has successfully completed IMCA's initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for investment management consultants." The information contained in this article does not purport to be a complete description of the securities, markets, or developments referred to in this material. The information has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Any opinions are those of Liza Campa-Flanagan not necessarily those of Raymond James. Expressions of opinion are as of this date and are subject to change without notice. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance may not be indicative of future results. Neither Raymond James Financial Services nor any Raymond James Financial Advisor renders advice on tax or legal issues; these matters should be discussed with the appropriate professional.Financial New Year’s Resolutions PAID ADVERTISEMENT 011118Liza Campa-FlanaganCERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ CLEARWATER When you walk through the front doors of Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment, you'll be utterly astounded by the spectacle set before you. Spread out across the store's sprawling, 17,000-squarefoot showroom, appealingly staged, is an extensive selection of ne furniture and accessories from various time periods but that's just the beginning. The store is a virtual treasure chest, full of fascinating finds at reasonable, realistic prices. So, what precisely is Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment? Though the owners have 20 years of experience in the retail furniture industry and carry a wide range of high quality new and used home furnishings, customers will find so much more as they browse the collections displayed in the gallery. Though shoppers may nd select vintage pieces as they stroll through the showroom, the business is no stuffy old antique store, either. And though the surprisingly affordable prices might suggest otherwise, Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment most certainly isn't a cluttered thrift store. The vast selection and professional, attractive style in which the inventory is exhibited truly makes Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment stand out from the competition. "We have high-end furniture, lighting xtures, costume jewelry, crystal, art glass and stemware," said Maddie Diaz, owner. "In our boutique, we have designer clothing, purses and footwear." 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9A Leader, January 11, 2018 Today's real estate market demands you choose an experienced team to help you sell and buy your home! Choosing the best Realtor today is one of the most important decisions you will make. You want to be able to trust your Realtor to successfully sell your property and help you, your family, your business associates and your friends when buying real estate. Marcy Daniels began her real estate career in 1976 and has been recognized as the Top Agent for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate's Clearwater of ce for 2017. She also earned that "Top Spot" for the past 17 years. With a tradition of success, Marcy has been consistently listed among the top Realtors in her company and among the top Realtors in Tampa Bay. Marcy has decades of experience in our community, many awards noting her successful achievements and a long list of satis ed customers. Marcy and her team have become a "resource" to their clients who move to our area and to those who move out of the Tampa Bay region. She is joined by her husband, Scott, and their licensed assistant, Debbie Golomb. Together, they complete "the team" that their customers depend on to sell their homes and to help them purchase their properties in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Marcy and her team are proud that they are now assisting "second generations" of children and parents of their customers with their real estate needs. The Daniels Advantage Team goal is that every transaction is seamless and stress-free from "contract to closing." Marcy, Scott and Debbie are a dynamic team selling beachfront homes and condos to golf course and planned communities in neighborhoods throughout Tampa Bay. The signature of their success is their integrity and professional service. Many businesses depend on them to assist with the relocation of new managers and employees moving here to Tampa Bay for the rst time. Marcy and Scott support many local organizations. They believe that volunteerism is the best way to help improve our communities. Scott is an alum and past president of Leadership Pinellas and president of Pinellas Trails, Inc., the citizens' organization that supports The Pinellas Trail. Marcy and Scott have "adopted a mile" on the Pinellas Trail and encourage others to do the same. Scott is an active board member of Lighthouse of Pinellas, the Safety Harbor Public Library Foundation and Coldwell Banker CARES Foundation. Marcy is a Realtor/Broker and a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). Since 1976, she has been providing a "tradition of exceptional service." Together, The Daniels Advantage Team and Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate are two names you will want to remember when you want full-time, professional service. 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10A Business Leader, January 11, 2018 By SUZETTE PORTERTampa Bay NewspapersPinellas County’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 3.4 percent, up from 3.1 percent reported in October, according to the state Department of Economic Opportunity. Still, the county’s unemployment rate is a drastic improvement from the same month last year when unemployment was 4.3 percent, according to gures released Dec. 22. The state had an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent, up from 3.6 percent reported in October but down considerably from the 4.8 percent for the same month last year. The national rate was 3.9 percent, the same as it was in October and down from 4.4 percent reported in November 2016. The county’s labor force declined from 496,554 in October to 494,516 in November. In November, 16,669 were unemployed compared to 15,367 in October and 20,921 in November 2016. The Tampa-St. PetersburgClearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area followed the trend with the unemployment rate in November up to 3.6 percent compared to October at 3.3 percent, however, unemployment declined from November 2016 with a reported rate of 4.6 percent. The local MSA held on to the No. 2 spot for job creation. In November, 22 out of 24 metro areas reported over-the-year job gains. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford had the biggest gain, adding 38,800 jobs, followed by Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater with 30,600 and Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall with 27,100 new jobs. The two metro areas that lost jobs were Cape Coral-Ft. Myers with a loss of 300 jobs and Homosassa Springs down 100 jobs over the year. The local area continued to hold its No. 1 position for demand in high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 14,839 openings in November, and it was rst in job demand with 44,792 openings. “It is clear that Tampa Bay continues to be a great place for businesses to grow and create jobs,” Gov. Rick Scott said. Professional and business services led the way adding 5,900 new jobs over the year with construction coming in second with 5,300 new jobs and other services coming in third with 5,200 jobs. Pinellas County had the lowest unemployment rate (3.4 percent) of the other counties in the local MSA, which includes Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Pinellas tied with Alachua, Sarasota, Orange and Gulf counties for the rank of No. 56 of the state’s 67 counties. Hillsborough tied with Nassau, Bradford, Clay, Lafayette and Manatee counties for the rank of No. 49 with an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. Pasco tied with Charlotte, Gilchrist, Volusia and Levy counties for the rank of No. 25 with an unemployment rate of 4 percent. Hernando County continued to have the highest unemployment rate of the counties in the local MSA reporting 4.7 percent. It tied with Gadsden County for the rank of No. 8. Hendry County ranked No. 1 with an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent and St. John’s County ranked No. 67 with unemployment at 3 percent. Tampa-St. PetersburgClearwater MSA tied with Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA, Jacksonville MSA and Fort LauderdalePompano Beach-Deerfield Beach Metropolitan Statistical District for the rank of No. 16 among the states 24 metro areas/districts. Homosassa Springs MSA ranked No. 1 with an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent, the highest in the state, and Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin MSA ranked No. 24 with unemployment at 3.1 percent.Unemployment rate ticks up in Pinellas BriefcaseBlue Jays to host spring training job fair DUNEDIN – The Toronto Blue Jays will host its annual Spring Training Job Fair on Thursday, Jan. 11, 4 to 7 p.m., at Dunedin Stadium to hire candidates for their 2018 spring training game schedule. Candidates interested in applying should bring their rsum to the Media Lunch Room, located at the south end of the stadium’s main concourse next to the front of ce building. Interested candidates must be available to work all Spring Training home games. Openings for 2018 Spring Training include, but are not limited to, customer service, ticket takers, security, parking attendants, clubhouse assistants, scoreboard and music operators, receptionist, media lunch room attendant, box of ce and Jays Shop cashier and oor assistants. Game day positions will require weekend commitments throughout the months of February and March. Game dates and times are available online at Job applications can be lled out in advance and are available at Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. For information, call 727-733-9302.Equine wellness center to celebrate openingPINELLAS PARK – Amber Glen Equine Wellness Center will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 17, 11 a.m., at 6091 102nd Ave. N., Pinellas Park. The ribbon-cutting will take place at 11:30 a.m. The mission of Amber Glen Wellness Center is to rescue and protect horses from abuse, abandonment and slaughter. Through rehabilitation, education, and nutrition, it is their goal to nd permanent placement for those horses able to transition into new homes, and to provide permanent sanctuary for those animals too mentally and physically traumatized to be adopted. In the coming months, Amber Glen Wellness hopes to incorporate a hands-on rehabilitation program for veterans and disadvantaged and special needs children that incorporates their rescued horses. It is their belief that the understanding of the roots of abuse and neglect can enable bonds to be forged that will ultimately return both human and animal to the path of greatness.Goodwill store to host recruitment eventST. PETERSBURG – Goodwill’s Job Connection Center will host a recruitment event on Thursday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to hire retail management staff as well as sales and donations associates for the new Goodwill superstore at 2550 34th St. N., St. Petersburg. The recruitment event will be at the Job Connection Center’s new location, inside the new Goodwill store at 2550 34th St. Applicants should sign in at the Job Connection Center toward the back of the store. Candidates must be at least 18 years old. Applicants are encouraged to apply online at before attending the job fair, but walk-ins are welcome. Goodwill is an equal opportunity and af rmative action employer and a drug-free workplace. For more information call 727-321-7337. The Job Connection Center is operated by Goodwill IndustriesSuncoast, a 501(c)3 nonpro t organization whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. The organization’s successful donated goods retail operation helps support its human services in 10 counties in West Central Florida including employment services, training and job placement for people with disabilities, a children’s literacy program, affordable apartment communities for seniors and people with disabilities, and community corrections programs. For more information, visit Chamber to host 2018 Installation GalaPINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce will host its 2018 Installation Gala on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. Catering by Da Sesto Italiano will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Daniel Strauss of National University of Health Sciences will embark on his term at chamber president for the 2018 term. Events for the evening will include installing new elected board members and recognizing continuing board members; awarding small, medium and large businesses of the year; and recognizing the nonpro t of the year and other award winners. Cost for a table of eight is $400. Cost is $50 per individual. A cash bar will be available. For information, visit Springs auto dealer transforms service department into a service projectTARPON SPRINGS – As part of a thanks-for-giving campaign, Karl Flammer Ford, on U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs, recently donated a portion of its sales to bene t the Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center. Karl Flammer Ford has been a family owned and operated dealership since 1964. During the month of November, the business committed $5 for each tire sale and $25 for each service contract. Fred W. Howard accepted the check for $2,889 on behalf of the organization. The Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center has been serving the local community since 1974 and is now one of the largest food distribution centers in Northern Pinellas County, distributing over 750,000 pounds of food in 2016. The center delivered groceries to 1,180 homebound families and served 26,500 meals through the community kitchen partnerships last year alone. The Shepherd Center Community Enrichment program also connects those in need with resources such as medical care and health insurance, youth and adult employment programs, veteran assistance, counseling and educational services, and caregiver support. For information about Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center, visit www. 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Health 11A Leader, January 11, 2018 Health & Fitness BriefsLargo Community Center to host wellness workshopLARGO – A wellness workshop will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The workshop will focus on healing with food. These short workshops offer techniques for staying healthy and active. The workshop is free to Largo Recreation members and $5 for nonmembers. For information, call 727-518-3131.Largo Clinic offering free help for narcotics usersDr. George Kamajian, founder of the Largo Clinic and Medical Spa, is offering a free visit to his of ce for any patient seeking help for narcotics use Sunday, Jan. 28. Along with the free visit, the clinic will provide suboxone for free. Suboxone is drug approved by the federal government to help people discontinue the use of narcotics. Kamajian said he is offering the free visit because the narcotics issue affects every member of society. “Opioid addiction is a disease, not a choice. It’s not a punishment from God or a test of willpower. Addiction is multifaceted and there is no ‘one size ts all’ treatment model. People are not cars or machines and not everyone responds to the same treatment program. But the operative words are ‘treatment program,’” Kamajian said. Kamajian is founder of the Largo Clinic, which is at 10500 Ulmerton Road, Suite 360. For more information, visit or call 727-517-1500.Wellness event to teach seniors to live healthier in 2018ST. PETERSBURG – Local companies are helping seniors start the new year with a healthier lifestyle with a health fair later this month. The health fair will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25, 1 to 6 p.m., in the Magnolia Auditorium at Five Towns, 7950 58th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Five Towns is a 55-plus retirement condo community. Smart Healthy Living is organizing the event along with support from sponsors. Dedicated Senior Medical Center, C-Diff Foundation, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Harvey Pearlman, Compassionate Care Clinics of Pinellas, Humana and St. Petersburg General Hospital have signed on to sponsor the event. In addition to the sponsors, health and wellness vendors will provide information on home and natural health products, food and nutrition, hearing care, ampli ed phone equipment, fitness, massage, yoga, essential oils, weight loss, home health care, chiropractic care, health coaching, medical clinic needs, insurance, longterm care needs, and hospitals in the area. Participants will be able to have health screenings, see demonstrations of products, take part in tness dance, go to seminars, receive door prizes and have fun. The health fair is open to Five Towns residents and nonresidents. Participants will not have to pay an entrance fee. Smart Healthy Living is accepting additional vendors for the event. To promote products or services at the fair, call 727-512-3017.Give Kids a Smile no-cost dental event set for Feb. 19ST. PETERSBURG – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 of 5 children aged 5 to 11 have at least one untreated cavity. The good news is cavities are preventable with daily oral health routines and access to dental care. Even better news is the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is taking part in the American Dental Association Foundation’s Give Kids a Smile event on Monday, Feb. 19, to provide no-cost dental services to children and teens. Eligible children and teens ages 4 to 18 will be provided with exams, X-rays, cleanings and sealants, all at no cost to their families. Services are available to children and teens receiving Medicaid or who have no insurance. No preregistration is required; however, children and teens will be seen on a first come, rst serve basis until all slots are lled. A parent or guardian must be present at the time of service. The following DOH-Pinellas clinics will open at 8 a.m. on Feb. 19:  205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg  8751 Ulmerton Road, Largo  310 N. Myrtle Ave., Clearwater Karen Hodge, dental services manager for DOHPinellas, looks forward to the annual event and the ongoing collaboration with community partners including the Pinellas County Dental Association. DOH-Pinellas has participated in the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids a Smile movement for nearly 10 years. The local event is made possible by DOHPinellas, the Pinellas County Dental Association and the Upper Pinellas County Dental Association. For information about DOH-Pinellas, visit www.'s to host blood driveSelect Culver’s restaurants will sponsor Give A Pint – Get A Pint blood drives to sweeten the community’s blood supply. Donors can share their power to save lives by giving blood and enjoy a free pint of Culver’s frozen custard, as well as a OneBlood long sleeve T-shirt. The blood drive will take place Friday, Jan. 12, 12:30 to 6 p.m., at select Culver’s restaurants. For details and to make an appointment, visit oneblood. org/culvers or call 888-936-6283. Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome. The following Pinellas Culver’s locations will take part in the blood drive:  2008 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater  4702 Park Blvd. N., Pinellas Park  10425 Park Blvd., Seminole  9046 4th St. N., St. Petersburg Donors also will receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count including a cholesterol screening. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. 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12A Viewpoints Leader, January 11, 2018WASHINGTON – As a candidate for president, Donald Trump assured voters that, if elected, he would hire “the best people.” It was a claim that suggested Trump didn’t need years of Washington experience because, well, as Trump boasted in “The Art of the Deal,” “my philosophy is always to hire the best from the best.” A shrewd eye for top talent? That’s not the view from Washington. The fallout from the release of Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” with its devastating quotes about Trump and family unloaded by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, reveal how overrated Trump’s instincts have been when it comes to choosing the best people for the job. Bannon had told Wolff he saw a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., former campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous.” Thus, a once trusted lieutenant breathed new life into the Russian collusion story just as it was losing steam. The White House has cited inaccuracies in the book. For example, there’s an account of Trump not knowing who former House Speaker John Boehner was when the late Fox News giant Roger Ailes recommended that Trump hire Boehner as his chief of staff. In fact, Trump mentioned Boehner repeatedly before then. Also, Wolff himself acknowledges that at times he chose which con icting version of events to report. And Wolff did not enhance his credibility when he told the “Today” show, “I certainly said what was ever necessary to get the story.” Thing is, you don’t have to see Wolff’s words as gospel – for example, you don’t have to believe Trump initially wanted to name Bannon or his son-in-law to be his chief of staff – to see how awed Trump’s judgment has been when it came to staf ng the West Wing and his campaign. Don’t take Wolff’s word for it. Listen to Trump. Wednesday the White House released a statement in which Trump savaged Bannon. “Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well,” read the statement. On Friday, Trump gave his former chief strategist a new Twitter nickname, “Sloppy Steve.” Trump also made the mistake of hiring Manafort to run his campaign, despite Manafort’s known ties to Moscow. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office has charged Manafort with multiple felony counts. Manafort says he is not guilty. When Trump is unhappy with a member of his team, he lets everyone know. Trump has berated Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian probe. Just last month, Trump complained to The New York Times that Sessions was less loyal to him than former Attorney General Eric Holder had been to President Barack Obama. Trump undercut his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he tweeted that Tillerson was “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” aka North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. After Trump red FBI chief James Comey in May, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump acted on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “It was all him,” Spicer said. “No one from the White House. That was a DOJ decision.” Two days later, Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt, “I was going to re Comey” no matter what Justice of cials recommended. While Trump’s demand for loyalty from White House staff is legendary, it is not returned. In one interview, Trump had turned his own spokesman into a liar, if an unwitting one. In Washington, credibility is a currency – and Trump snatched it from an aide for no apparent gain. Add Mueller to the mix, and former staffers have added reason to counterpunch the counterpunching president. Max Bergmann of the left-leaning Center for American Progress opined that with the Russia probe staring down at Trump, Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort, “This is Bannon seeing the avalanche coming and running for the exits.” Or maybe working for Trump doesn’t bring out the best in a person – if you actually hire the best person. “What can it be like to work for Donald Trump?” University of Virginia Miller Center researcher Ken Hughes asked. “You have to let off steam.” Contact Debra J. Saunders at or 202662-7391. Or follow @DebraJSaunders on Twitter. LETTERS Project didn't meet zoning rulesEditor: I strongly believe the city of Seminole serves its residents. This city, the counties and the state of Florida have zoning rules for a very good reason. If a developer presents a project that meets the zoning rules of Seminole, I do believe all seven council members would have voted for the 65 units that were allowed on that project. I also believe the zoning board and the community development director would also have recommended that this project be allowed to proceed. If it was presented as a 65-unit affordable housing project meeting our zoning regulations. The city of Seminole does have affordable senior housing. It is called Seminole Garden Apartments. It is a co-op community. It is a 55-acre property, 30 buildings, 740 apartments, 28 of the 30 buildings are required to be at least 55 years of age. It is in a non-evacuate zone, it is not in a ood zone. You can buy a unit for less than the cost of a mobile home in a land-owned park, and you don’t have to evacuate. I believe the city staff, the city manager and the city council have up until now served the residents of the city of Seminole, and we will continue to do so, as elected of cials, as long as residents want us to continue. Jim Quinn Councilor, city of Seminole Have you heard about collusion lately? Of course you have. The air, the news, the conversation at the laundromat – are all lled with chatter about collusion. As far as I can tell it involves Russia, the 2016 presidential election, secret meetings at Trump Tower and what was said and done (or NOT said and done) by dozens of possible collusionists. To my surprise, I’ve learned that very few persons of my acquaintance actually know what collusion is. I approached several of them recently and said to them “Please de ne collusion.” Their answers follow: “Collusion is when two motorists smash into one another on Tyrone Boulevard or the Howard Frankland raceway.” (Fact: that’s collision.) “Collusion is a region of skin or esh where capillaries are broken and discoloration may result.” (Fact: that’s contusion.) “Collusion is when you try to gure out what Bob Driver is writing about this week.” (Fact: That’s confusion.) “Collusion is the passage of fluid (usually blood) through the circulatory or lymphatic system to an organ or a tissue.” (Fact: That’s perfusion.) “Collusion is when a political candidate promises to drain the swamp and make America great again within six weeks after his/her election.” (Fact: that’s illusion.) And so on. None of my interviewees came close to giving the dictionary definition of collusion, which is (short form) “Secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose.” Now that we have pinned down the meaning of collusion, other questions remain. Such as: Exactly when does collusion occur? If two people collude but only one of them is the chief planner, is he/she referred to as the colluder or the colludee? A common example of collusion may occur when two men – Joe and Harry – join forces to hustle a lovely lady named Marie. Joe wants to win Marie’s affection, so he asks Harry to tell Marie dozens of complimentary things (all of them lies) about Joe. Marie is fooled into believing the falsehoods, and soon falls for Joe. And later regrets it. Doesn’t this fit the official definition of collusion? It’s a secret agreement in which Joe and Harry agree to deceive Marie, right? So lock ‘em up, dad blame it! I imagine collusion takes place on Wall Street thousands of times each week. Let’s say the Snake Oil Company wants to buy its biggest rival, Jigger Lotion. So Snake Oil quietly contacts speculators who own several million shares of Jigger. At an agreed-upon moment on a quiet Wednesday, Snake Oil tells its secret collaborators, “Sell Jigger! Unload every share!” Wall Street goes crazy. Jigger Lotion’s stock goes through the oor, and Snake Oil swoops in to take control of Jigger. Is that collusion? Sounds like it to me. Is it illegal? Probably. But maybe not. It could be conspiracy instead. If you’d like to wrap your brain around a confusing question, try researching the differences between collusion and conspiracy. It might help if you already have a law degree. That will get you through the next year or two, which is how long it may take for special investigator Robert Mueller to complete his search for evidence of collusion (or conspiracy) between Russia and the Trump team. I recently watched a TV re-run of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. I love to see a replay of that story. In beautiful detail, it told how a hatelled scoundrel and his associates were pursued and then defeated in their attempt to use the U.S. Constitution as their personal toilet. That triumphant process took most of two years to complete. Is a similar tale being spun in our nation’s capital today? Will it take two years or more to nish? Stay tuned. And don’t bet your grocery money on the nal outcome. The playing elds of collusion are slippery indeed. Bob Driver’s email address is tralee71@ comcast.netInk in his blood – now and foreverOn a chilly evening in early January 1978 I stood along a boardwalk in Vero Beach, watching the waves break and wondering if I would nd an affordable place to live. Three days after starting my first job as a professional journalist at the Vero Beach Press Journal, I realized I’d have to tighten my belt and get a roommate if I expected to make ends meet. That’s just the way it was. My parents gave me a suitcase as a college graduation present – a not-so-subtle hint of what they expected me to do. In other words, leave the nest. I still have that suitcase, which is lled with newspapers and clippings of stories that I’ve written. Hard to cram 40 years of anything into a piece of luggage, especially memories. I opened the suitcase a few nights ago. Reading the papers, I wished I had spent more time on this story or that story. Some needed stronger verbs, shorter sentences, better quotes. Regrets? Sure. But overall, I’m humbled and thankful to be still doing what I think I was put on earth to do. Many journalists have lost their jobs in recent years because of economic woes in this profession. Some left for jobs in other industries; others were laid off. Opportunities are fewer for journalists these days, especially at newspapers. I remember sitting at a press table covering a county commission meeting in the small community of Vero Beach along with reporters from two radio stations, Cocoa Today, the Palm Beach Post, the Miami Herald and even a television station. Competition was erce – and it remained so in the 1980s as I worked at other small newspapers, such as the Winter Haven News-Chief. On May 8, 1981, a News-Chief editor told me at 7:30 a.m. to go to Winter Park and get comments from local residents about a 75-feet deep sinkhole that developed 60 miles away from our of ce, way out of our circulation area. “Be back by noon,” he said. I made it back to Winter Haven just in time to bang out the story, which was short and sketchy. Guess the editor was happy. He was often gruff and stingy with compliments. Nevertheless, I thought my time would have been better spent covering a local government meeting or reporting on something in our backyard that our competitors didn’t consider news. The wire services and the larger dailies were better staffed and equipped to cover the regional stories than we were. Conversely, my favorite story I wrote at the News-Chief involved the sleepy town of Davenport’s police chief, who charged into the city council chambers during a council meeting. “Somebody just stole my g-dd--police car,” he said. The perpetrator actually gave a ticket to a motorist, who went to the police station that evening to pay it. A clerk notified the police chief, who, after the prankster was arrested, announced that there was a new policy in effect immediately at the police department: “Police of cers are not allowed to leave their keys in their unattended vehicles.” I practically had to beg my editor to run the story on the front page, telling him that no other reporter was at the meeting. Though he argued that there was little room on the front page that afternoon because of the coverage of the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, he nally relented and put my piece on Page 1. I was ecstatic when AP picked up the story. Right time, right place. Sometimes the best stories just fall in your lap. Other thoughts from the past 40 years and lessons learned:  Relationships with sources are priceless. I’ll never forget in the 1980s what a Kissimmee city manager, who was under re from local gad ies, told me: “Dissension is healthy in a free society.” Those words to me are still golden. The best officials readily embrace that concept, recognizing that even the most vociferous critics of government have a right to be heard. Thinskinned officials’ whining about the press or their critics only raises suspicion – at all levels of government. On the positive side, in recent decades I think local governments have developed a better understanding of the role of the press and do a better job of disseminating written information than when I first got in the business. I remember that I often had to call an of cial just to get the square footage of the building or the cost of a new ambulance. Geez.  Technology changes in our industry, as I recently lampooned in jest, have been mindboggling. The Internet. Better design programs. Faster word processors and production equipment. More ef cient tape recorders. I love being able to record a conversation over the phone. Perhaps the biggest change pertaining to tools for journalist has been the advent of digital photography, saving newspapers millions of dollars in the cost of buying and processing lm. Digital cameras are easy to operate. Can’t remember the last time I used my twin-lens re ex camera, which now rests behind me on my office credenza. Same goes for the 1940s Underwood typewriter that I slaved over in college.  I’m often approached by parents seeking advice for their kids who want to be journalists. I don’t think students should put too much weight solely on teachers telling them that they can write in deciding whether to pursue such a career. The profession also requires a solid work ethic, determination and the willingness to adapt to continuous changes in our industry.  “A newspaper is a train wreck waiting to happen.” Those words came from a longtime journalist, a friend. Yes, we make mistakes. Deadlines often are to blame as well as lapses in judgment. Made some whoppers myself. Our credibility requires that we acknowledge our mistakes. For the most part, I think trained journalists strive for accuracy and fairness, at least those in the mainstream media, whether they are conservative or liberal in their personal beliefs. Opinions are best left on the editorial pages, such as this one.  How long will newspapers survive? Won’t hazard a guess. All I know is that at Tampa Bay Newspapers, we continue to increase our circulation and now also publish papers in Pasco County. We hear from readers when they don’t get their papers. That’s reassuring. I know as long as there are papers to read, I’ll read them. I’d rather turn pages than scroll on a screen, especially at at my breakfast table. For what I’ve learned, I owe a great debt to many editors and other newspaper types, especially my colleagues at TBN and all my former co-workers. I’m fortunate to be a son of a former Orlando Sentinel reporter, my stepmother Ginny Germond, and a longtime Tampa Tribune bureau chief, Garth Germond, who died in 1992. When I was attending community college, dad introduced me to his staff: “This is my son, Tom. God help him; he wants to be a journalist.” Have given it all I got, dad, and still enjoy it. It’s great to have ink in my blood. And ink in a suitcase, too, as long as I’m alive. Tom Germond is executive editor of Tampa Bay Newspapers. He can be reached at 727397-5563, ext. 330, or by email at tgermond@ Driver’s SeatBob Driver On the confusion of collusion Trump gets book thrown at him 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-5563  Fax: 727-397-5900  www.TBNweekly.comPublisher/President: Dan Autrey Accounting Manager: Andrea Marcarelli Advertising Director: Jay Rey Classi ed Advertising Manager: Wendy Edwards Executive Editor: Tom Germond tgermond@TBNweekly.comProduction Manager: David Brown Online editor: Suzette Porter Beach Beacon: Bob McClure Belleair/Beach Bee: Tom Germond Clearwater Beacon: Logan Mosby Dunedin Beacon: Tom Germond Largo Leader: Chris George Palm Harbor Beacon: Kathryn Williams Pinellas Park Beacon: Tiffany Razzano Seminole Beacon: Tiffany Razzano Tarpon Springs Beacon: Kathryn Williams Entertainment Editor: Lee Zumpe General Editorial editorial@TBNweekly.comCirculation: L. Shi ett Phone: 727-397-5563 Debra Saunders What do you think?We are proud to offer a forum to our readers. 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The newspaper will not print letters that contain slanderous or racial statements.  Please do not use profanity.  We do not publish poetry or songs in letters to the editor.  Each writer may submit one letter per month.  We can’t return letters to the editor.  Please allow two weeks from the time you submitted your letter for it to be published before inquiring as to its status.  We won’t print anonymous letters.  We won’t print letters that are submitted merely to promote a business.  Thank you letters are accepted. Tom Germond Remnants of a bygone era.To my surprise, I’ve learned that very few persons of my acquaintance actually know what collusion is.


Outdoors 13A Leader, January 11, 2018 Photo by TODD RICESeven people take the plunge, sort of, into the Gulf of Mexico Jan. 6 off the Redington Pier in Redington Shores. With water temperatures in the low-60s, they didn’t stay in the water very long.A daring dipWe saw another 10-degree plummet in our water temperature last week; now it sits in the upper 50s. Temperatures that low aren’t too good for shing around here, but a warm up this week will certainly help. The fish are still there and at some point, they will eat. Dealing with cold water is nothing new for trout anglers, and there’s a couple of ways to look at it. Most often sh will head to deeper water as they seek out more stable temperatures. Consequently, deep water near your favorite grass at will often hold schools of trout until the water temperature moderates a bit, sending them back to the pothole laden grass ats we associate good trout habitat with. Often this deeper water will be the actual marked channel that runs along the Intracoastal. Often overlooked by inshore anglers, the main channel usually has a mud bottom that holds heat, and trout look for these spots for refuge. Slowly bouncing soft plastics along the bottom, especially along the drop-off, will often yield trout along with other winter time targets like ounder, pompano and silver trout. As the sun reappears after the front moves through, its rays will warm the very shallows during an afternoon incoming tide. Big trout instinctively know this. They often throw caution to the wind and risk overhead predation from ospreys or perhaps escape the harassment of dolphins as they move up to shindeep water. With the water being so clear now, one of a shallow water angler’s favorite thing to do is to slowly work along the shallows, usually less than 3 feet of water, and sight cast to big trout. These sh can usually be seen sitting in the sand holes and will readily take a weedless jerk-bait tossed their way. We get only a handful of clear windless days each winter so this type shing is really special. Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Trout take refuge from the cold in deep water Outdoors BriefsMcGough Park hosts free raptor showsLARGO – George C. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N., hosts free raptor shows at 1 p.m. each Sunday. The show details the adaptations raptors use to exploit the natural world for their gain and will focus on themes, such as bald eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and Florida’s most common raptors. A show focused on the park’s new vultures will be coming soon. Donations to help care for the birds are welcome. McGough Park to offer nature hikesLARGO – Guided nature hikes will be offered Saturday, Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, 9 a.m., at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N., Largo. Participants will walk through the woods seeking out animals. The hike is free but donations are accepted. To preregister, call 727-518-3047.Audubon Society to search for birds at parkCLEARWATER – The Clearwater Audubon Society will host a weekly gathering to nd resident and migrating birds on Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m., at the pier in Lake Chautauqua Park, 2312 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. All levels of birders, beginner to advanced, are welcome to join the society for this event. Visit Farmers Group to meetSEMINOLE – The Urban Farmers Group will meet Monday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m., at Seminole United Methodist Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. The meeting will feature a presentation on vertical hydronic gardening. Following the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. The meeting also will feature a business card exchange table, raf e and door prize. Admission and parking are free. There will be complimentary water and other refreshments. For information, call 727-391-9590 or visit www.UrbanFarmersGroup. com.Florida Native Plant Society to meetCLEARWATER – The Florida Native Plant Society will meet Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. The meeting will feature a talk by local environmentalist Craig Huegel on planting and gardening with native Florida plants. Attendees will learn how to avoid common mistakes when using native plants adapted to this area in the yard and garden. The program will include conversation, a question-and-answer session, free refreshments and a native plant silent auction.Program on native plants setPALM HARBOR – UF/IFAS Extension, Urban Horticulture, will present a program on native plants Thursday, Feb. 8, 3 and 6:15 p.m., at Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. The program will feature Bruce Turley of Wilcox Native Plants and Landscape. Turley will explain why it is important to use native plants for a healthy and dynamic yard. He will be showing and selling his favorite spring owering plants. The program is free but registration is required. To register, visit or call 727-582-2603.Florida West Coast Bromeliad Society to meetPINELLAS PARK – The Florida West Coast Bromeliad Society will meet Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., at Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. For information, visit Photo courtesy of CLEARWATER GARDEN CLUBNancy Chambers, from the Clearwater Garden Club, presents St. Patrick School a certi cation certi cate from the National Federation of Garden Clubs for their having planted and maintained a productive butter y garden. The children have released many butter ies throughout the course of this hands-on science project. Mary MacKenzie and Windy Risk from the Pinellas Garden Club helped with the project. The school is participating in Smokey Bear Poster Contest for the third year, and have now established both a succulent garden, and several seed-to-table garden beds as offsprings to their butter y garden. Butter y garden Fish TalesCapt. 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Blake Nieswand made $600,000 in sales.Smith & Associates Real Estate anticipates bullish real estate market in 2018According to Multiple Listing Service, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties combined real estate market sales volume grew by 11 percent in 2017, up from $24.67 billion in 2016 to $27.46 billion. Even though listing inventory shrunk by 4 percent in 2017, demand remained high, which helped to bolster real estate values throughout Tampa Bay. Bob Glaser, president and CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate, said 2017 was a healthy year for the Tampa Bay real estate market, despite low inventory. “We are bullish on the Tampa Bay real estate market in 2018 and beyond,” Glaser said in a press release. “Florida’s population continues to grow, and there are no signs of it slowing down in the next few years. I still believe there are great values to be found because we are lagging behind other coastal areas.” Pinellas County saw the most signi cant decline in listings. The average monthly supply of inventory was down 10.3 percent year-over-year for single-family homes, while the townhome/condominium monthly supply fell a dramatic 17.1 percent. However, values continued to rise, and the median sales price for November 2017 was $233,000 up from $219,900 in November of 2016. Homes also sold faster in 2017, as the average number of days a home was on the market decreased by 18 percent, down from an average of 67 days on the market in 2016 to 55 days on the market in 2017. RE/MAX ACR Elite Group acknowledges top agents BELLEAIR – RE/MAX ACR Elite Group Inc. recently recognized the top agents in the Belleair of ce in closed sales for the month of December. The No. 1 agent was Tom Varga. The No. 2 was Gina Ruffner. The No. 3 agent was Dorita Mayeux. Klein & Heuchan Inc. announce development land sale in LargoLARGO – Klein & Heuchan Inc. recently sold development land in Largo. 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By JEFF ROSENFIELDTBN CorrespondentCLEARWATER – Every year, millions of people worldwide are affected by life-threatening blood diseases like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. And while millions more sign up to donate stem cells and bone marrow to help those in need, only a select few hold the position of blood courier, someone who volunteers to transport the lifesaving blood and platelets that have been deemed a perfect match between donor and patient. In Pinellas County, longtime donors George Cretekos, the mayor of Clearwater, and Dan Eberts, a 30-year employee of OneBlood in Tampa Bay, have been moonlighting for several years as blood couriers for the Be the Match organization, an arm of the national Marrow Donor Program that currently “includes more than 13.5 million sel ess volunteers who stand ready to be a life-saving bone marrow donor,” according to their website. “There are 70 different blood diseases, and sometimes the best treatment is stem cells found in bone marrow,” said Eberts, 58, who has donated 44 gallons of blood and platelets over the years, earning him the nickname “Dan the Blood Man.” “Typically, family members are the best donors – it’s all about genetics – but if they can’t nd a familial match, they have to widen the search.” According to Eberts, the process for joining the donor registry is simple. “You can apply online, and if you qualify, they’ll send you a kit that will take a cheek swab. After you send it back, the sample is put in the database, where it could take years to nd a potential match.” Eberts explained once a potential match is located, the donor is called in to give stem cells, which are harvested through a needle in the arm or taken directly from the bone marrow in the hip bone. The donation center will then have the courier y in a day early, pick up 1-4 bags of blood or platelets, and deliver them in a high-tech cooler to the predetermined destination, preferably within 24 hours. “Usually you nd out two weeks out they need someone to pick up in Chicago and deliver to Tampa on Dec. 21, hypothetically,” he said. “After I pick up, I would y back to Tampa carrying the gift of life, take a taxi to the hospital, usually around midnight or 1 a.m., and then I get in my car and drive home.” Eberts said couriers are required to make four trips per year, and he estimated there are 350 in the country to date. He said he has made 50 trips, including seven international excursions, over the years, and he is often amused at the secretive nature of the position. “They want you to be as inconspicuous as possible,” he said. “But the cooler and the blue bag both say ‘Be the Match,’ and people sometimes put two and two together and gure out what we’re doing.” Indeed, Cretekos, a blood donor since the 1970s who became a courier in 2007, relayed an interesting tale about the 007-type aspect of being a blood courier. “I was working for Congressman Bill Young when he started the bone marrow donation program in 1975,” Cretekos said. “Years later, after I joined the courier program, I took my rst trip, and I’ll never forget it. I was at the airport in Washington, D.C., with my bag, and who do I see but Congressman Young. He asked what I was doing there and I told him I couldn’t tell him. He said, ‘What do you mean you can’t tell me?’ I said I can’t tell you and I just held up the bag, and he looked at it and a tear immediately formed in his eye. He realized I was still helping with the program we started all those years ago, and it was overwhelming for him.” Cretekos said being involved with the beginning of the marrow program gave him a unique perspective on the importance of being a courier. “Knowing the background of the program having been involved with it from the beginning, you pump your fist every time you make a delivery because you know you were part of a program that saved somebody’s life,” he said. “That’s the reward. To know you have been part of a system like that is a very special feeling.” Eberts, who last year became certi ed as an importer, meaning he can travel overseas and deliver marrow and platelets back to the states, concurred with the mayor. “I get to help people, and I get to travel,” he said, noting the position comes with no pay but the expenses are taken care of. “But for me, the whole thing is you have a donor who is going to give the gift of life to a patient who’s going to die, and the only way to match them up is to match the donor to the patient. I see myself as a tiny human bridge between the donor and the patient. You are a human cog helping to save a life.” Asked how long they planned on being couriers, the two longtime friends shared similar responses. “As long as they need couriers and I can help, I will,” Eberts said. “I recently aged out of being a courier,” Cretekos confessed, noting the age limit is 74 years old. “But I played it and said if I couldn’t do it, I’d tell you. So, they agreed to extend it for me. I guess that was my Christmas present.” For more information on Be the Match and the blood courier program, visit the organization’s website at www. 14A Community Leader, January 11, 2018“I see myself as a tiny human bridge between the donor and the patient. You are a human cog helping to save a life.” Dan Eberts, a 30-year employee of OneBlood who has been moonlighting for several years as a blood courier Photo courtesy of DAN EBERTSLongtime blood donor and OneBlood Tampa Bay employee Dan Eberts poses with his blue Be the Match bag, a symbol of his life-saving volunteer work as a blood and bone marrow courier. Blood couriers share common bond of saving lives By WAYNE AYERSTBN Correspondent REDINGTON SHORES – There will be no election in Redington Shores this year. But the turnover of commission members that began last year will continue. When the new commission is sworn in this March, four of ve members, including the mayor, will have changed within the past two years. In 2017, commissioners John Branch and Lee Holmes retired, after serving on the commission for 11 and 20 years respectively. That began the cycle of change. This time, Mayor Bert Adams announced he is stepping down after 12 years on the commission, nine as mayor. Commissioner MaryBeth Henderson ran for the open mayor’s seat, and has been elected with no opposition. Taking Henderson’s District 3 seat will be first-time commissioner Michael Robinson. District 1 Commissioner Tom Kapper will become the longest-serving member as he starts his 10th year in March. Robinson and Kapper also ran unopposed. Also on the commission, but not up for election this year, are District 2 Commissioner Jeff Neal, and Commissioner Pat Drumm, representing District 4. Both are in their rst term. Mayor re ects on The Adams Years'In a recent interview with the Beacon, Adams spoke of the highlights of his 12 years on the town commission. During his nine years as mayor, Adams said the town made it through the economic downturn years and depressed housing market while maintaining a sound nancial position. Achievements while he was in of ce include the undergrounding of utilities in the residential neighborhoods and construction of a crosswalk at Constitution Park, adding to the safety of park visitors. Also, the sharing of maintenance equipment with North Redington Beach has enabled Redington Shores to lower expenses by splitting the costs. Adams said the town’s successes over the past years were due to commissions past and present; the town staff headed by City Clerk Mary Palmer, who Adams termed “my right hand;” and all the town board members and volunteers. “Without them none of our progress would have been possible,” the mayor said. Projects now underway include the undergrounding of utilities on the east side of Gulf Boulevard and elimination of the wires crossing the roadway. Construction of two new town parks will get underway soon, on land facing the La Vistana condominiums on Gulf Boulevard. The condo association is donating the property in connection with a development agreement. Adams also said he is hopeful for the completion of an Emergency Services Complex, which would dramatically lower fire and emergency response time for all the Redingtons. It will be built on 173rd Avenue on the site of the Redington Shores town maintenance building, beside the North Redington Beach Town Hall. As for his retirement plans, Adams said he wants to “play some golf” and devote more time to his business in Lakeland. “I want to wish the best to the new commission,” Adams said. “I’m sure the town will be in ne hands.” Mayor-elect sets goals, prioritiesIn an email, Henderson said she decided to run for mayor after serving two terms on the commission because “I was confident I could make a meaningful contribution to the town and believed that my constituents were ready for a fresh perspective that would represent their interests.” Her experience, she says, includes “the considerable progress in a number of areas that are important to residents, ranging from enhancements of our town parks to signi cant improvements in resident communications.”Red. 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Community 15A Leader, January 11, 2018 Here and ThereAl Lang to host international soccer matchST. PETERSBURG – 2016 Copa Libertadores champion Club Atltico Nacional of Medellin, Colombia, will take on Poland’s legendary Legia Warsaw in an international showdown at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. The match is the nal game of the Florida Cup, the largest international soccer celebration held annually in Florida. Globally recognized soccer clubs from Europe and Latin America convene in Central Florida for the tournament. Broadcast live to over 140 countries, this tournament reached over 50 million viewers in 2017. Club Atltico Nacional is Colombia’s most popular and successful club. The club has won 16 league titles, three Copa Colombias, two Superliga Colombianas, and a total of 21 domestic titles. Los Nacionalistas were also the rst Colombian club to win the Copa Libertadores in 1989 and, after winning the title again in 2016, is the only Colombian team to win that prestigious tournament more than once. It has the most international titles of any Colombian club, having also won the Copa Merconorte twice, the Copa Interamericana twice, and the Recopa Sudamericana once, for a total of seven international trophies and grand total of 28 titles across all competitions. Legia is one of the most successful Polish football clubs in history, winning 12 Ekstraklasa Champions titles, a record 18 Polish Cup trophies and four Polish SuperCup matches. Legia was founded in 1916 and holds rst place in the Polish First Division all-time table.Candidates forum set for Jan. 29BELLEAIR BEACH – A candidates night forum will be held Monday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., at the Belleair Beach Community Center, 444 Causeway Blvd. Questions from the audience for the candidates for City Council seats must be written on the cards provided by the League of Women Voters and submitted to the moderator prior to 6:45 p.m. on the night of the event. Call 727-595-4646 or fax 727-593-1409.Voter registration event plannedBELLEAIR BEACH – Residents may register to vote and update their voter registration information. Monday, Feb. 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Belleair Beach City Hall, 444 Causeway Blvd. They also may apply to vote by mail.Seafood festival set for Corey AvenueST. PETE BEACH – In what organizers hope will become an annual tradition, the inaugural St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival will get underway Feb. 3-4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Corey Avenue in downtown St. Pete Beach. Hosted by the Corey Avenue Business Association, the festival’s approach “is like that of creating a ne meal: the selection and blending of only the nest ingredients,” a press release says. All meals will be cooked outside with fresh local ingredients such as grouper, mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp and soft-shell crabs. A variety of vegetarian and rice dishes also will be available. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Musicians from a range of genres will provide entertainment. The event is free.Car, truck show bene ts scholarship programPINELLAS PARK An open car and truck show is scheduled for Sunday Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Wagon Wheel Flea Market, 7801 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. 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Events  Movies  Classi eds Diversions Largo Leader, Section B, January 11, 2018  Visit “Lucky Stiff,” by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty; Jan. 12, 2018, through Feb. 2, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 a person. Call 727-437-2363 or visit In this offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair, an unassuming English shoe salesman stands to inherit a fortune if he can succeed in passing his uncle off as alive.  The Moody Blues, Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $68.75. Call 727-791-7400 or visit The Moody Blues – Justin Hayward (lead guitar, vocals), John Lodge (bass guitar, vocals) and Graeme Edge (drums) – have been at the forefront of the classic rock music scene for 50 years since the release of their iconic, landmark album “Days of Future Passed.” Played in two parts, their set will include the bands greatest rock hits rst, followed by a performance of the whole “Days of Future Passed” album. Fans will get an up close and personal musical performance by this legendary band, from “Nights In White Satin” to even more timeless rock, classical and pop rock hits that de ned The Moody Blues signature sound.  “Sex Please We’re Sixty,” by Michael Parker and Susan Parker; Jan. 13 through March 18, 2018, at Just For Laughs Dinner Theater, inside Havana Harry’s 2, 1999 Starkey Road, Largo. For performance times, ticket information or to make reservations, call 727-466-6546 or visit Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many years. Her Guests (nearly all women) return year after year. Her next door neighbor, the elderly, silver-tongued, Bud “Bud the Stud” Davis believes they come to spend time with him in romantic liaisons. Her other neighbor and would-be suitor Henry Mitchell is a retired chemist who has developed a blue pill called “Venusia,” after Venus the goddess of love, to increase the libido of menopausal women. Mayhem ensues with the arrival of three guests, including Victoria Ambrose, a romance novelist whose personal life seems to be lacking in romance; Hillary Hudson, a friend of Henry’s who has agreed to test the Venusia: and Charmaine Beauregard, a “Southern Belle” whose libido does not need to be increased.  The 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2 and 7 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $34.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit Soulful sophistication and smooth harmonies with a touch of class. The 5th Dimension has scored seven Grammy Awards, 14 gold records and six platinum records. Their multi-million selling hits include songs such as “Up, Up, and Away,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “If I Could Reach You,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Last Night I Didn’t Get to Sleep,” “Never My Love” and “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.”  The 3 Redneck Tenors, Sunday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $18. Call 727-791-7400 or visit The 3 Redneck Tenors bring a mixture of down-home laughs and big-city music to the stage. These trailer park singing sensations have a great many stories to tell, serving up a sidesplitting show of comedy and audience interaction. The veteran singers showcase a smorgasbord of songs ranging from gospel and country to Broadway, pop and classical. Based in Dallas, these guys have been seen as top 10 nalists on “America’s Got Talent” and live in theaters across the nation. Top ve diversions Photo by NIKO TAVERNISE/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOXTom Hanks stars as Ben Bradlee in Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Post.” Opening this weekend Spielberg directs ‘The Post,’ starring Hanks, Streep; Neeson catches a train in ‘The Commuter’ Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPE Tampa Bay NewspapersA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following lms opening in wide release:‘The Post’Genre: Drama and thriller Cast: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Alison Brie, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Michael Stuhlbarg and Zach Woods Director: Steven Spielberg Rated: PG-13 Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in “The Post,” a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership of Katharine Graham (Streep), the rst female publisher of The Washington Post, and its driven editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to bring long-buried truths to light.‘The Commuter’Genre: Thriller and action Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Rated: PG-13 In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson is Michael, an insurance salesman, whose daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being confronted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is blackmailed into nding the identity of a passenger on his train before the last stop. 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2B Just for Fun Leader, January 11, 2018St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival to be presented Feb. 24-25ST. PETERSBURG – The fth annual St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24-25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Admission is free. The event is a “boutique” ne art festival featuring approximately 120 of Florida’s and America’s top ne artisans. The event is co-sponsored by the city of St. Petersburg and coordinated with the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. The art festival will transform the grounds of South Straub Park into an outdoor gallery showcasing extraordinary original and handmade artwork. These artisans and their works weave a tapestry of art from creations in painting, glass, mixed-media, ceramics, sculpture, photography, metalwork, digital art, ber art, woodworking and more. Within each medium, attendees will have an opportunity to explore a diversity of styles, materials and creative vision. Visitors also will have a chance to meet the artisans that create the work, learn how they became artists and how speci c pieces were made. Many of the participating artisans are represented in America’s top museums and art galleries and their works found in the most prestigious private collections in America. The St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival is directed by Paragon Fine Arts Festivals. For information, visit Loves to perform at Largo Central ParkLARGO – As part of the Thirsty Third Friday series, Este Loves will perform Friday, Jan. 19, 7 to 10 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. On third Fridays, Largo Central Park will become an entertainment destination with food vendors, adult beverages and live music. Each month will feature a different local headliner. Este Loves is a soulful singer-songwriter who enjoys spreading love through playing guitar and singing her original music, with some song covers in her own unique style. Admission is free. For information, visit LargoEvents or call 727-5876740, ext. 5014.CPPAC to welcome Massenkoff Russian Folk FestivalLARGO – The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival will take the stage Friday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m., at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival is an authentic, cultural presentation of Russian songs, balalaika music and Russian folk ballet in authentic Russian style, language and costumes. The company features professional musicians who are conservatory graduates as well as professional Russian dancers. The program will include Russian songs performed by Nikolai Massenkoff. Songs are from the Tsarist Russia era, WWII to present day Russia. Selections to be featured include songs such as “Kalinka,” “Moscow Nights” and “Dark Eyes” all in the original Russian language and accompanied by Russian folk instruments including the balalaika, domra and bayan. For information on the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, visit www. Gone Nuts to return to Central Park Performing Arts CenterLARGO – Mutts Gone Nuts, a canine cabaret show, will be presented Saturday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m., at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $14.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Audiences can expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that features incredible highying Frisbee dogs, tight-wire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and the one and only Sammie the Talking Dog.Franc D’Ambrosio to perform at CPPACLARGO – Back by popular demand, Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway will return to Pinellas for one performance Saturday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit D’Ambrosio is back following his sold-out performance in Largo in January of 2015. Known as the the world’s longest running Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” D’Ambrosio’s rsum also includes his role as Anthony Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-nominated lm “Godfather III,” an Emmy Award nominated television show, a four-time Tony nominated Broadway show and a National Theatre Award nomination. D’Ambrosio will perform the hits from “The Phantom of the Opera” as well as other well-known Broadway musicals for a magical evening. West Coast Players to present ‘Lucky Stiff’ CLEARWATER – “Lucky Stiff” by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty will run Jan. 12-28 at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 727-437-2363, email boxof or visit Swing dance evening to bene t My Hope ChestCLEARWATER – An elegant swing dance charity bene t will take place Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Oval Ballroom of the Fort Harrison Hotel, 210 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Doors will open at 7 p.m. A swing dance lesson by Arleene will be offered from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. Dancing will run from 7:45 to 10 p.m. The Flag Band will perform swing favorites. The event will bene t My Hope Chest. The event also will feature a buffet of appetizers and refreshments. Admission is $15. For tickets, call Directions for Living at 727-524-4464, ext. 1723; or Savoy South Swing Saturday Dances at 727-564-6847. RSVP is required by Jan. 16. Attire is dressy casual to vintage elegant. The Fort Harrison Hotel re-opened in 1926 and today is a stunning architectural restoration marvel featuring marble oored lobby, wrought iron work and brass railings. The complete restoration of the hotel to its original splendor creates an atmosphere of elegance transporting you back in time.Town of Indian Shores offers oil painting classINDIAN SHORES – As part of its recreational program, the town of Indian Shores is offering oil painting for beginners and intermediates. The class meets Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., in the community room of the Municipal Building, 19305 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. The class fee is $25 each lesson. The class is continuous. No membership is necessary. New students may start on any Thursday. Winter visitors are welcome. Students begin with basic fundamentals and move toward working independently from their own photographs or subject matter. More experienced painters share with others and are glad to offer tips and help. Class time consists of demos, instructional and painting time, and critiques. The instructor works with each student independently. Students learn about paints, brushes, color mixing, composition, all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting. Individual creativity is emphasized. New skills are taught in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The instructor is Betsy Schoepf of Indian Rocks Beach. She has been painting for over 40 years and particularly enjoys still life and beach scenes. Call Schoepf at 727-595-1083 or email for registration or questions.2Cool Art Show to return to Gulfport CasinoGULFPORT – The 2Cool Art Show will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3-4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport. Now in its seventh year, this indoor show may be relatively small in size with just 36 artists, but it’s packed full of high quality, award-winning work. Painting, ber arts, glass, photography, jewelry, sculpture and mixed media is all represented at this inviting show. Admission is free. A cash bar will be available. The 2Cool Art Show is sponsored by the Gulfport Merchants Association, the city of Gulfport and the Professional Association of Visual Artists. Hannah Wicklund to play Jaeb Theater TAMPA – The Sibling Rivalry Tour – featuring Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones with The High Divers – will make a stop Monday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m., in Jaeb Theater, at the Straz Center for Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $20. Call 813-229-7827 or visit Rocker Hannah Wicklund formed The Steppin Stones when she was 9 years old and has been ripping on guitar ever since. With the intensity of Janis Joplin and the guitar chops of Jimi Hendrix, 20-year-old Wicklund delivers pounding classic American rock that brings the golden age into the millennium. Hailing from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the band is now based out of Nashville. Wicklund and company recently announced their new album will drop Jan. 26. Produced by Sadler Vaden, guitarist for Jason Isbell & the 400 Units, the 10-track, self-released album was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a fresh take on Wicklund’s musical in uences drawn from ’60s, ’70s and ’80s guitar-driven rock. “Once we started writing some songs, I saw that she had a real, raw talent,” said Vaden in a press release promoting the album. “I was inspired to work with her by her love of classic rock music and blues. I wanted to honor that in making this album, but also add a little modern edge to it.” “Bomb through the Breeze,” the lead single off the project, was released in October. “Sadler and I wrote this song as a response to feeling backed into a corner by someone who doesn’t get the hint,” said Wicklund. “This is the type of song to hopefully inspire some self-con dence when it comes to standing up for yourself and others. Unfortunately, when someone’s volume is on loud for so long, the only way to get their attention is to do something even louder.” The rst rehearsal of The Steppin Stones was back in 2005, after which they were playing six to nine shows every week. The rst song they ever played was Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” at a charity event in South Carolina. By the time Wicklund graduated from high school at 16, they had logged well over a thousand gigs together. She grew up knowing that her life would be consumed by music. She understood that this meant working hard but never losing touch with the intensity that music requires. Wicklund credits her father with instilling that lesson. Her rst guitar was a present from him, as a kind of atonement for getting rid of her backyard trampoline. That very night, he taught her to play “Rockin’ in the Free World” and Tom Petty’s “It’s Good to Be King.” Wicklund ramped up her songwriting as well, based on the insights she’d picked up from playing carefully selected covers with The Steppin Stones. “To craft a song well, you look at whose songs you love,” she explained. “I love that we were a cover band because we got to see what worked and what didn’t through other people’s music – and, as a three-piece, how to make it work.” Wicklund & The Steppin Stones continue to tear it up on the road. In late 2017, they toured Europe and then performed more shows in the U.S., nishing the year out with a string of shows with The Marshall Tucker Band. Photo courtesy of THE STRAZ CENTERHannah Wicklund – along with her band, The Steppin Stones – take the stage at Jaeb Theater on Jan. 15. A&E news CrosswordHoroscopesPlace a Number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.SudokuSudoku answers from last week Crossword answers from last week January 11, 2018 AriesMarch 21 – April 19It is time to take a relationship to a new level, Aries. You are condent you know just the way to accomplish this. Enjoy the excitement that comes with this new beginning.TaurusApril 20 – May 20Taurus, many things are on your plate, but you don’t feel overwhelmed at all. In fact, you’re ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs one.GeminiMay 21 – June 21Recreation is the name of the game this week, Gemini. Coming off of a busy period, you are anxious to put your feet up for a few days. Book that vacation right now.CancerJune 22 – July 22Use your intuition in regard to others’ feelings this week, Cancer. 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Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.‘Proud Mary’Genre: Thriller Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Neal McDonough, Margaret Avery, Xander Berkeley and Danny Glover Director: Babak Naja Rated: R Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad. The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.‘Condorito: La Pelicula’Genre: Comedy and animation Cast: Omar Chaparro, Jessica Cediel, Cristian de la Fuente and Coco Legrand Directors: Alex Orrelle and Eduardo Schuldt Rated: PG The most beloved comic strip in Latin America comes to life this January with “Condorito: La Pelcula.” The famous character and his pals are animated in CGI for the rst time, including the love of his life Yayita (Jessica Cediel), his romantic rival Pepe Cortisona (Cristian de la Fuente), as well as his nephew Chicky. Condorito (Omar Chaparro) is ready to propose to Yayita and tie the knot, but when his disapproving mother-in-law Tremebunda (Coco Legrand) is abducted by an alien king, Condorito and his nephew must embark an out of this world adventure to save “La Suegra” – as well as planet Earth.‘Acts of Violence’Genre: Action thriller Cast: Cole Hauser, Bruce Willis, Shawn Ashmore, Ashton Holmes, Melissa Bolona, with Sophia Bush and Mike Epps Director: Brett Donowho Rated: R Three Midwestern brothers, a crime lord, and an incorruptible cop are on a deadly collision course when the youngest brother’s anc is kidnapped by human traf ckers. To save her, the MacGregor boys call on their military training – and the strength of family – to ght the most important battle of their lives. For more movie news and reviews, visit Lee Clark Zumpe is TBN entertainment editor. He can be reached at 727-397-5563, ext. 341, or by email at 3B Leader, January 11, 2018‘Days of Future Passed’Moody Blues to perform iconic album in its entirety with a rock symphony orchestra at Ruth Eckerd HallCLEARWATER – The Moody Blues, on the road celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Days of Future Passed,” will perform Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $68.75. The venue reports the show has sold out. For information, call 727-791-7400 or visit “Days of Future Passed,” the iconic, landmark album, was released in 1967. The band will re ect back on ve decades of some of the most well-beloved music in pop culture history when they perform live onstage, for the rst-time ever, this epic album that marked the first time a rock band had fused their sound with a symphony orchestra. The tour – titled “Days of Future Passed: 50th Anniversary – will bring the live excitement of seeing the band perform their greatest hits in the rst half of the show, and then nish with “Days of Future Passed” performed in the second half. Fans have waited 50 years to experience this moment in time. “Days of Future Passed,” the band’s rst full-length studio album, was a ground-breaking concept album when it was rst released. Unique in its approach, the recording of their rst studio album turned out to be a piece of music history. Decca Records, the band’s music label, had requested that the band record an album to test “stereo recording,” which was in its infancy at the time. Being primarily a classical label, The Moody Blues were asked to record a rock version of Dvorak’s 9th Symphony. The band complied, but wanted to record it on their own terms. Behind closed doors, they came up with the concept of fusing classical music with rock, but written to their own soundtrack. The result was “Days of Future Passed,” an album that many consider a masterpiece. “Days of Future Passed” features one full album without breaks, chronicling “a day in the life of” a person with songs that include “The Day Begins,” “Dawn: Dawn Is a Feeling,” “The Morning: Another Morning,” “Lunch Break: Peak Hour,” “Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon),” “(Evening) Time to Get Away;” “Twilight Time” and “Nights In White Satin.” From the album, the song “Tuesday Afternoon” became a massive worldwide hit, and “Nights In White Satin” marked one of the first four-minute songs played on the radio, going on to become one of the biggest selling singles in history. The ultimate result: “Days of Future Passed” became one of the greatest-selling albums of all-time. “Little did we know when we made ‘Days of Future Passed’ that it would eventually change our lives,” said Justin Hayward in a press release promoting the tour. “It took ve long years to make it the top of the charts. But we mustn’t take all the credit for this remarkable project – there were many creative minds who contributed at the time, and who believed in us when we were young and inexperienced. We just wrote the songs – about every-man. My dearest wish is that maybe the album has made the world a better place. It will be a joy to return to it, live.” From the time the British band rst hit the rock scene, The Moody Blues have continued to produce music that bridge the gap between rock, classical and pop-rock genres. Featuring guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, bassist/vocalist John Lodge, and drummer Graeme Edge, The Moody Blues’ sound has held its ground in a genre of music that is ever-changing. The Moody Blues have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded 14 platinum and gold discs. Their roster of hits includes “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Question,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” “Your Wildest Dreams” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” to name a few. The Moody Blues’ No. 1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Top 40, multi-platinum, platinum and gold albums and singles, have generated sold-out tours on a consistent basis over the course of several decades, making them one of the top-grossing album and touring bands of all time. For a complete list of tour dates and VIP Package information, visit For venue information, visit Photo courtesy of RUTH ECKERD HALLThe Moody Blues perform their iconic album “Days of Future Passed” Jan. 13 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Photo by DANA STARBARD/SCREEN GEMSMary (Taraji P. Henson) stalks her prey in the kitchen of the Kozlov mansion in Screen Gems’ “Proud Mary.” OPENING, from page 1B DUNEDIN – The DeadPhish Orchestra will perform Friday, Jan. 19, 9 p.m., at Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave. The DeadPhish Orchestra is a quartet of Colorado musicians who, above all, are close friends who have played music together for many years. They had played Grateful Dead songs together, and they had played Phish songs together. But they got to wondering what would happen if they tried to merge the music of these two bands, the Granddaddies and Daddies of the jam-band scene. While these two bands have their surface similarities, most fans realize that their actual musical styles are quite different. The Grateful Dead are an earthy, folky, bluesy band where Phish is sharper around the edges – funky and more aggressive. But both bands have an improvisational approach to their live shows, and it is in that spontaneity where the magic really happens. The guys in DPO have posed themselves a unique challenge in merging the two styles. Band members include Chris Sheldon (drums and vocals), Paul Murin (guitar and vocals), Brian Adams (bass and vocals) and Ted Tilton (keyboards and vocals). For band information, visit deadphishorchestra. com. For venue information, visit www.dunedin Orchestra to perform Photo courtesy of BLOOMING FOOTPRINTDunedin Brewery welcomes DeadPhish Orchestra Jan. 19.Sunshine Musical Festival setST. PETERSBURG – The Sunshine Musical Festival will take place Saturday, Jan. 13, noon, at Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. General admission tickets are $64.95 and $129.95 for reserved seats. For tickets, visit, call 800-745-3000 or visit a TicketMaster outlet. The award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band will be making their sixth headlining appearance at the 2018 Sunshine Music Festival. The band has handpicked an unparalleled line-up of exciting acts on two live music stages along with a wider array of refreshing craft beers and a larger variety of food vendors. The festival will kick off at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg before moving on to Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, on Sunday, Jan. 14. For the sixth year in a row the Tedeschi Trucks Band, or TTB as their loyal fans prefer to call them, appear in what has fast become their signature musical event. Now with a catalog of ve albums and nearly a decade of steady touring in the U.S. and abroad, Tedeschi Trucks Band carries a distinguished reputation earned from both audiences and critics as one of the premier live bands in the world. The 12-piece powerhouse, led by the husband-andwife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and guitarist-singer Susan Tedeschi, continues to expand a growing repertoire of original material written both individually and as a band, plus tasty covers deep-seated in American Roots, embracing genres, from rock, jazz, blues, and Americana to gospel, country, soul, and funk. Their latest release, “Live from the Fox Oakland” (March 2017), was recorded in a single night and beautifully captures the group’s incredible power in concert. The double-disc live recording, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues and No. 6 Rock Albums chart, showcases the band’s ability to move seamlessly from blistering rock and blues to soulful ballads and includes their take on classics from Derek and the Dominos, Leonard Cohen, and even Miles Davis among TTB’s original songs. The film also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the band on the road. Curated by Tedeschi Trucks Band, other exciting top acts announced on this year’s bill for the festival include Phish bassist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Gordon who has just released his new solo album “OGOGO”; Medeski Martin & Wood effortlessly straddling the gap between avant-garde improvisation and accessible groovebased jazz; Galactic, the seminal New Orleans funk band that is consistently pushing their artistic boundaries; Hot Tuna featuring the legendary guitar and bass bluesy sounds of former Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady; Foundation of Funk featuring the legendary backbone of The Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and bassist George Porter Jr. with special guests Eric Krasno and John Medeski; and The Suffers a 10-piece band from Houston, Texas, who are rede ning the sound of Gulf Coast Soul. 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8B Pet Connection Leader, January 11, 2018Mr. MorganMr. Morgan is a 19-pound shih-mix boy. This funny little clown is 9 years young. He’s a playful guy that loves to play. He is housebroken and loves to go on walks and car rides. He is up to date on all his meds and shots. He is microchipped, neutered and heartworm negative. He has skin allergies that are under control with daily meds and special food. He would do best as an “only child” in the home of an experienced dog owner. He would not t into a household with children. To apply for Mr. Morgan, visit of the week There are many reasons why pet’s teeth are not routinely cared for. Below are common reasons veterinary professionals hear as to why dental cleanings under anesthesia are not performed on pets in dire need of care:  Anesthesia  Heart murmurs  Too old  Cost  Still eating so teeth not causing a problem (not painful)  Not an important health issue, if they are bad they will just fall out on their own Anesthesia is so much safer today than it used to be. Many of the drugs used today are short acting and so pets go under quickly and wake up quickly. Pets are also monitored better today than in the past. Blood pressure, heart rhythms (EKG), end tidal CO2 (carbon dioxide monitors), oxygen saturation and temperatures are monitored throughout the dental procedure in the best veterinary hospitals. Pets should be on IV uids during anesthetic procedures because this helps keep pets hydrated, perfuses the organs, and allows the veterinary team to maintain proper blood pressures. Anesthesia is needed for a proper assessment of a pet’s oral cavity. Many animals will not let you look at every single tooth on an awake physical exam. Therefore, many issues found in a pet’s oral cavity are found after a thorough examination is done under anesthesia. Not only can the teeth be a problem, but pets also get tumors in the oral cavity and many of these are found when teeth are cleaned under anesthesia. Dental cleanings under anesthesia should include full mouth X-rays. This is now considered standard practice. There are so many issues that veterinary professionals cannot see just by looking in a pet’s mouth. It is what is found under the gum line in dental X-rays that can reveal a tooth root abscess that couldn’t be seen by the awake or anesthetized oral exam. It is very important that a pet is deemed a good candidate for anesthesia by doing pre-anesthetic work ups. This would include blood work to make sure a pet’s organ status is appropriate and can metabolize the anesthetic drugs appropriately. Any other diagnostics that need to be done prior to anesthesia like chest x-rays or cardiac ultrasounds are commonly recommended for those pets that have heart murmurs or may have pre-existing issues. Cats can be a little tricky because they can have heart problems while not having a heart murmur or showing clinical signs. A blood test called “ProBnP” may help determine if a cat or dog has a heart issue prior to anesthesia. This test will pick up enzymes of stretched cardiac muscle. If this blood test is abnormal then other diagnostics can be done to be sure a pet can tolerate anesthesia. Just because a pet has a heart murmur does not mean they cannot have their teeth cared for. There are anesthetic drugs today that are safe for cardiac patients. The luxury that veterinary professionals have is that they can tailor their anesthetic protocols for each individual patient depending on their anesthetic risk class and diseases. Many dogs and cats with cardiac disease have gone under anesthesia and have done great. Pets with heart murmurs can’t go under anesthesia is a misnomer that is not true. If the right work up is done, the pet is a good candidate, the right anesthetic drugs are used, and your pet is monitored thoroughly a cardiac patient can do well with anesthesia. Another misnomer is that a pet is too old to have anesthesia. Age is not a disease. Just because a pet is old does not mean it does not deserve the care it needs. If the right work up is done, the pet is a good candidate, the right anesthetic drugs are used, and your pet is, monitored thoroughly an older patient can do well with anesthesia. Cost is a big reason pets don’t get dental care. Dental cleanings for pets are not emergency services and therefore can be saved up for. The unfortunate fact is that veterinary professionals cannot always give caretakers an exact dental estimate before the dental cleaning because they won’t know what exactly needs to be done until they get into the mouth and do a full oral exam, take full mouth x-rays, probe under the gum line of each tooth and then come up with a more exact estimate. That is why most dental estimates seem low initially but end up much more when the patient is discharged. Dental disease in pets is a very serious health issue. Pets with dental disease are in pain. It is a chronic throbbing pain and therefore they will not yelp in pain and they will compensate for the pain by eating on one side of their mouth. Pets won’t stop eating until their health is very dire and at this point disease is too far advanced by then. They are very good at hiding pain. Just because a pet is eating does not mean they are not in pain. Pets with bad dental disease are most likely living with bad migraines. Dental disease can affect their other organs including their heart, liver, and kidneys. There are many ways to help pet’s teeth. Brushing pet’s teeth is by far the gold standard. However, there are many dental diets that can help to keep the tartar at bay. They are designed so that the whole tooth will sink into the food kibble before it crumbles so it cleans higher up on the tooth. The kibbles are also larger. The more surface area to a food kibble, the more likely it is a pet will chew it. Hill’s T/d or Science Diet Oral Care are some diets that are designed like this. There is also a water additive that has the VOHC seal that is designed to help decrease tartar which is called “Healthy Mouth.” It comes in different avors as well. There are wipes, rinses, and gels that can also be used if brushing is too difficult. Using these products should not replace regular dental cleanings, but may help increase the time in between dental cleanings. Kim Donovan, D.V.M., is the medical director at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in Seminole. She has over 21 years of experience. She also is an anesthesia instructor at St. Petersburg College’s Veterinary Technician Program.Dental health: Pets have teeth too! Speaking of PetsKim Donovan, D.V.M. FionaFiona is a beautiful kitten with thick fur, black and silver markings and stunning gold eyes. The beauty loves her humans and adores having her tubby rubbed. Completely vetted and microchipped, the 4-month-old is ready to start the new year in her forever home. Now an inside kitty, Fiona can be visited in her St. Petersburg foster home by calling 727 545-1116. To view other felines, visit FalineThis golden-colored beauty has a huge personality and an even bigger heart. Faline loves meeting new people. She has a very sweet disposition and enjoys both relaxing and exercising. The 4-year-old terrier/American pit bull mix needs a forever home. Her adoption price is $75. 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