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By SUZETTE PORTERTampa Bay NewspapersAAA says to expect crowded roadways and airports this Memorial Day as more than 41.5 million Americans will likely spend the first official holiday of the summer season taking a trip. That’s nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most since 2005. And Floridians are following the trend with more than 2.2 million expected to travel for the holiday – 5.5 percent more than last year. About 36.6 million Americans planning a trip will travel by automobile, 5.5 percent more than 2017, and about 2.2 million Floridians planning to take a road trip, about 5.5 percent than last year, which equals about 100,000 more people. AAA says gas prices, which are expected to be the most expensive in four years, are not affecting travel plans. AAA’s Assistant Vice President for Travel Sales Development Vicky Evans says, “Higher gas prices will not be enough to keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend. A strong economy and growing consumer con dence are giving Americans all the Our TBN entertainment editor says it both lampoons and transcends the superhero genre, making it even better than its predecessor. … Page 3B.‘Deadpool 2’ brings gore, snark back to big screen Volume 39, No. 34 May 24, 2018 Features Business . . . . . . . . . . .10A Classi eds . . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . . . .12A County . . . . . . . . . . . .6-7A Entertainment . . . . . . . . .1-3B Health . . . . . . . . . . . . .9A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . . .3-5A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .11A Police beat . . . . . . . . . . .6A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . . .8ACall 727-397-5563 For News & Advertising By CHRIS GEORGETampa Bay NewspapersLARGO – The thought of seeing more crews working on Ulmerton Road is probably enough to give some commuters nightmares. It took more than ve years for construction on the road to nish last year after the project suffered numerous setbacks, including the original contractor defaulting on its obligations and bailing on the job. Largo engineers say that contractor, Conalvias USA, likely left some problems in its wake. Now, after reaching a $123,169 settlement with the insurance company on the project, the city is preparing to clean up those sewer line and roadway problems, which will lead to – you guessed it – more construction on Ulmerton Road. “I can’t with 100 percent accuracy attribute the need for these repairs to that original contractor,” Engineering Services Director Jerald Woloszynski said. “But just knowing that they defaulted on the contract and they weren’t performing real Ulmerton project left work in wakeCity approves $123,000 settlement to fund xes caused by contractor By SUZETTE PORTERTampa Bay NewspapersMonday morning, the news spread quickly and people reacted with sadness and praise. Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni died Sunday night after spending 25 years in public service. Morroni, 63, had been ghting cancer since April at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. “John Morroni was a dedicated public servant with a passion for our community,” Commission Chair Ken Welch said on his Facebook page. “Our hearts are saddened by his passing, but we are eternally grateful for his leadership and his vision for Pinellas. He has run his race and at peace with the Lord. His wife, Eileen, and son, LARGO CONSTRUCTION See ULMERTON, page 4A See MORRONI, page 6A See TRAVEL, page 7AMorroni succumbs to cancer COUNTY COMMISSIONER Gas prices not expected to be roadblock for travelers MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND A womans placein World War IILargo veteran was one of the rst to join the Women's Army Corps in the 1940s See ST. JOHN, page 4AIn early spring of 1942, 24-year-old Ila St. John was selling baked goods for the Home Dairy Company in Flint, Michigan, earning $20 a week. But on May 14, 1942, her life would change forever. That was the day the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was created and soon the Michigan farm girl would nd herself on the adventure of a lifetime. And what a life it has been. the Womens Army Auxiliary Corps w Michi g an f arm g irl would nd he r l i f etime. And what a li f e it has b Photos by LOGAN MOSBY and courtesy of ILA ST. JOHNIla St. John was one of the rst members of the Women's Army Corps and held every rank from private to major, including warrant of cer. By LOGAN MOSBY  Tampa Bay Newspapers ENTERTAINMENT Han Solo returns to the box of ceThe latest flick from the Star Wars franchise, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” tells the story of how Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian. … Page 1B. LARGO Winghouse to host car and truck showAn open car and truck show will take place Saturday at the Winghouse Bar & Grill on Ulmerton Road in Largo. Proceeds from the event, which will feature music, door prizes, trophies and a silent auction, will bene t the Kathryne Mezerowski Memorial Scholarship to St Petersburg College. … Page 4A. POLICE Largo re ghter charged with DUIPinellas County Sheriff’s deputies charged an off-duty Largo firefighter May 9 for driving under the in uence. Deputies said 26-year-old Michael Cruz was sleeping, with his foot on the brake. The vehicle was in drive and there were no other occupants inside. … Page 6A. COUNTY Caudell exits race for commissionClearwater City Council member Doreen Caudell announced May 14 that she is pulling out of the race for Pinellas County Commissioner District 2, leaving incumbent Pat Gerard running unopposed for the position. … Page 7A. COMMUNITY WWII vet eager to share his stories World War II veteran Martin Abrams has plenty of stories stemming from his experiences in combat and traveling frequently to Europe, including ghting at the Battle of the Bulge … Page 12A. VIEWPOINTS Bob DriverYou never know what you get with the New Yorker. … Page 8A. SUMMER LIFESTYLES Our special section will help make sure your summer is jam-packed with fun. … INSIDE More than 2.2 million Floridians are expected to take a road trip this Memorial Day weekend. Expect traf c congestion and plan accordingly. Florida Highway Patrol says buckle up and drive safely. MANICURE w/SHELLAC & HOT STONE PEDICURE 39 Exp. 6/15/18 SHAMPOO/CUT/STYLE 25 20% OFF NEW NAILS CLIENTSCANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFERS. 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Largo 3A Leader, May 24, 2018 City BriefsTrash, recycling collection changesLARGO – Due to the Memorial Day holiday, residential garbage and recycling will not be collected on Monday, May 28. If your regular garbage or recycling day is May 28, items will be collected Tuesday, May 29, and if your regular garbage or recycling day is May 29, your items will be collected Wednesday, May 30. There will be no change to commercial collections. Of ces will be closed May 28. For questions, call the Solid Waste Division at 727-587-6760 or visit fetes Largo Fire chiefLARGO – The American Fire Sprinkler Association honored Chief Josh Stefancic, Largo Fire Rescue’s re marshal and division chief of Life Safety, with the Fire Sprinklers Save Lives Award recently. Stefancic has helped thousands of re ghters understand the effectiveness of re sprinkler technology through his involvement on the executive board of the International Fire Service Training Association. There he has helped author and review several training manuals written to educate firefighters on the basics of fire sprinklers. He is also a committee member of NFPA 1700-Guide to Structural Fire ghting, and has worked to educate his re ghting peers about the bene ts of protecting buildings with re sprinklers. As a recipient of the award, Stefancic joins a distinguished list of re marshals, building of cials, and television personalities, who have embraced this technology and have become advocates for re safety.City issues call for artistsLARGO – Largo’s Recreation Department is accepting artist applications for the inaugural Art in the Park event that will be held Sept. 8 in Largo Central Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Art in the Park was developed from resident feedback and interest in enhancing Largo’s art culture. The event will be an opportunity for artists to exhibit their works, all which must be original, handmade and hand-crafted pieces throughout the park. Interactive and visual artists are invited to submit three photos showcasing their work to the Review Committee. All applications will be reviewed before approval by the committee, including panelists from the local art community, Creative Pinellas, Beach Art Center, Largo High School and the city. The application deadline is July 13. Complete applications should be emailed to Largo Middle School and Largo High School students will be given a shared space at no cost. Entry fees for Largo residents is $30 and $45 for nonresidents. For more information, visit or call 727-587-6740, ext. 5014. Josh Stefancic Rylie Gillis, 11, of Largo has been selected as a state nalist to the National American Miss Florida Pageant held July in Orlando. The pageant is for girls ages 4-18 in ve different age divisions. If Rylie is crowned Miss Florida Pre Teen, she will receive a $1,000 cash award, the of cial crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and moves on to the national pageant in Hollywood, California, and will represent the state of Florida for the entire year. Gillis' activities include equestrian jump competitions, track & eld, basketball and volleyball.Photo SUBMITTEDLargo girl a nalist in Miss Florida Pageant Wills Starting at $89801 West Bay Drive, Suite 320  Largo, FL The Law Of ce of Brian MarantzWills  Trusts  Probate  Estate Planning  Real Estate 030818Evenings and Weekends by Request 1019 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, FL 33770We are a full service veterinary & surgical hospital!Call Today 727-518-PETS (7387)Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm  Sat. NEW OWNER Dr. Michael Certa, D.V.M. and our dog Mara Dr. Juan Carlos Molina-Brisson, D.V.M. FREE Of ce Visit For First Time Clients Offer Expires 6/7/18 Cannot be combined with other offers. Coastal Animal Clinic. TBN Offer Expires 6/7/18 Cannot be combined with other offers. Cats & Dogs Only. Coastal Animal Clinic. TBN Offer Expires 6/7/18. Cannot be combined with other offers. Coastal Animal Clinic. TBN 050318 We Do House Calls! Offering Boarding & GroomingPuppy/Kitten Care Package 1st Vaccinations  Fecal Exam  Deworming For puppies & kittens less than 4 mo. old. FREE EXAM!$49 No of ce charge for examination. Not valid with other offers. Coupon and full payment must be presented at time of service. Exp. 6/7/18 TBNGROOMING $5 OFF Complimentary Laser Therapy With Arthritis Consultation Welcome to Tile Roof Repair Specialists  727.577.2468 Roof Leaks? Call Handyman Roo ng OVER 69,000 CUSTOMERS CAN’T BE WRONG Call the people you can trust! 24 Hour Service www.HandymanRoo ng.comState Certi ed Roo ng Contractors #CC-C057454 Fully Insured and Compensation Senior Discount Financing Available with approved credit Celebrating 40 YearsServing Pinellas County Since 1978  Tile  Shingles  Asphalt  Replace Rotted Wood  Roof Vents  Flat  Gutters  Built-up  Fascia & Sof ts 012518 $100 OFFRoof RepairWith this ad.Minimum $500 repair work.$250 OFFFull New RoofWith this ad. 020818 052418


Memorial Day eventsLARGO CENTRAL PARK: Join the city of Largo and the Veterans Events Planning Committee in honoring those who have lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 28, 7 p.m. in Largo Central Park’s Military Court of Honor. The evening will include a color guard presentation, music and a wreath presentation in remembrance of our fallen soldiers. The event is free and open to the public. BAY PINES NATIONAL CEMETERY: The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will commemorate Memorial Day with a ceremony on Monday, May 28, 10 a.m., at the Bay Pines National Cemetery. Before the ceremony, on Saturday, May 26, volunteers from the community will mark more than 35,000 graves at the cemetery with U.S. ags. Guest speakers for the event include U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and local leaders from the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, St. Petersburg VA Regional Ofce, and Bay Pines National Cemetery. The event also will feature traditional military tributes and music provided by the Suncoast Symphony Orchestra. Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Glenn Sutphin will provide the keynote address. Parking for the event is available nearby. Shuttles will provide transportation for guests from parking lots to the National Cemetery. 4A Largo Leader, May 24, 2018 Around LargoWinghouse to host open car and truck showLARGO – An open car and truck show will take place Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Winghouse Bar & Grill, 7369 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kathryne Mezerowski Memorial Scholarship to St Petersburg College. Preregistration cost is $10. Cost is $15 on day of show. To preregister, email or text to 727-459-3688 with name and car information. The event will feature music, door prizes, trophies and a silent auction. Event sponsors include Mamas Kitchen, Golden Bear Restaurant, Sunrise Restaurant, Mr. Hotshine Car Wash, Harbor Freight Tools, Toppers Creamery, Fresco’s Waterfront Restaurant, Meineke of Seminole, Bloomin Brands, Graphix, Joto’s Pizza, Culver’s of Seminole, Tijuana Flats of Pinellas Park and Winghouse.Palms of Largo to host SummerFest for GoodLARGO – SummerFest for Good will take place Saturday, July 7, noon to 5 p.m., at The Plaza at The Palms of Largo, 385 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The Benevolution Foundation is encouraging Tampa Bay families to come out for an afternoon of food, family fun, shopping at the market, and raf es for a worthy cause. Some of Tampa Bay’s top mobile chefs will be serving up their award-winning menus with a special summerthemed dish, including cool and sweet treats. There will be a beach ball play space for kids of all ages, a toddler zone, face painting, and balloon art. The Benevolution Foundation Inc. offers grant and educational opportunities to assist worthy locally focused 501c3 nonpro t missions on projects that help our Tampa Bay neighbors-in-need. This year’s SummerFest For Good event aims to help the Mothers of Minors volunteer team with their fourth annual Showers of Love Community Baby Shower and storage unit expenses in 2018. Visit 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.Park to host gun violence prevention eventLARGO – A gun violence prevention event will be held Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Largo Central Park. The family-friendly event at picnic shelters 4 and 5 near the playground will honor victims of gun violence in an interactive chalk art project and share information about gun violence prevention in the community. It will be held in conjunction with Wear Orange Weekend and National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Free parking is available. For more information, email Geanne Marks at geannemarks@, call 727-546-3436 or visit party to celebrate the ’80sLARGO – Largo Library is kicking off the summer reading season with a nod to the 1980s by hosting a party Monday, June 4, at 5 p.m. The free event will feature music, activities, snacks, crafts, photo-ops and an ’80s hair styling booth. And whether you want to dress up as Marty McFly or a member of the Breakfast Club, attire from the 1980s is encouraged. Register online at by clicking on Events or call 727-587-6715.Catch a movie at Central ParkLARGO – Bring a blanket or chair to Largo Central Park to enjoy a free movie on the lawn each Friday this spring from 6:30 to 10 p.m. A family-friendly movie will be offered and concessions will be available for purchase. Visit for weather updates. The park has four large speakers, but attendees can also bring a portable radio or headset and tune to 107.9 to bring the sound directly to their blanket or chair. For more information, visit Recreation ComplexHighland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Visit or call 727-518-3016.Poolside picnic slated for May 28LARGO – Bring the family and a blanket to enjoy a picnic by the pool Monday, May 28, and Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Highland Family Aquatic Center. No alcohol or glass will be permitted. Splash’s Snack Bar will be open. The cost is $12 per group of ve with a membership and $23 per group of ve without a membership.Highland hosts Itty Bitty SplashtimeLARGO – Itty Bitty Splashtime is back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from May 30 through Aug. 1 from 9:35 to 10:35 a.m. at the Highland Family Aquatic Center. Parents can spend quality time with their preschool-aged children in a safe and playful aquatic environment. Enjoy the slides, sprays, zero depth pool area and more. Mom’s clubs are welcome. Cost is $1.50 per person. Children that are not potty-trained must wear a plastic swim diaper under their bathing suit. Highland Rec Complex offers day careLARGO – The city of Largo offers Little Pals Preschool, a full-time day care for children ages 3 through 5. Licensed by the Pinellas County Licensing Board, Little Pals promotes a school readiness curriculum that works on developing children’s social and creative skills and prepares them for kindergarten. Preschoolers have access to a private outdoor playground and PlayWorld, a three-story indoor playground. Head teacher Paula Squitieri has worked in child care for more than 17 years. Little Pals Preschool is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $140 per week per child. Space is limited to 15 children and children must be potty trained. Highland also has a VPK program available for eligible children. 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 bike cycling classes offeredLARGO – The Aquatics Division is offering Aqua Bike Cycling, a highenergy water exercise using new aqua bikes at Southwest Pool. The class will be offered Monday and Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Tuesday from 6:15 to 7 p.m. starting in June. This class is limited to eight participants per class. Cost is $7 for members and $14 for nonmembers. Adaptive Family Luau returnsThe city will host an Adaptive Family Luau on Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southwest Pool. This Hawaiian luau is for families with special needs children or adults of all ages. Enjoy oats, diving boards and interactive games. There will be energetic music, dancing on the pool deck, in atable slides and free hot dogs while supplies last. Cost is $4 per person.Sign up for Special Olympics Swim Team LARGO – Be a part of Largo’s Special Olympics Swim Team for ages 8 to adult. Participants must be able to swim 25 yards on top of the water without assistance and be able to follow verbal direction. Those who qualify can participate in the Special Olympics county and area See LARGO, page 5AA rm foundationAlways a bit independent, the resident of Imperial Palms Apartments in Largo said the allure of the WAAC called to her from its very beginning. “Newspapers, magazines and radio publicity kept the WAAC before the public,” St. John said. “I remember anxiously awaiting each new edition of Life Magazine to see the pictures and read about the training program.” While most women her age dreamed of getting married and starting a family, St. John said she knew she wanted to spread her wings and see the world. “I was always a great reader,” she said. “And I would read about all of these places here, there and everywhere.” Growing up on her parents’ 24-acre farm in Flushing, Michigan, provided St. John with a rm foundation that would bene t her for her time in the service. Life in a rural setting taught St. John not only self-suf ciency but the need to help those in need. “I was raised on a farm – I learned early that you did a bit of everything,” said St. John. It was her passion to see the world and a certain fearlessness of youth that encouraged St. John to apply for the WAAC in the summer of 1942. Her marching ordersFollowing rigorous testing, St. John got her marching orders and headed to Daytona Beach to begin basic training. To St. John that women’s basic training was very similar to what her male counterparts endured and included physical training and training on the ri e range. “We did most of the things that the men did,” she said. Once she cleared basic training, St. John attended motor transport school where she learned to drive 1-ton trucks, change tires, and service truck engines. Her rst assignment out of school was at Fort Washington, Maryland, where she would eventually become dispatcher for the motor pool. “On one of the rst trips into town, I remember stopping at a light and seeing people on the corner pointing to the truck and loudly saying, ‘Look, there’s a woman driving that truck,’” she said. “That brought a smile to my face.”Seeing the worldBy the time the WAAC officially became a part of the Army, and was thusly renamed the Women’s Army Corps, St. John had moved to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where she served in the Adjutant General’s School, where personnel were trained for administrative positions. But after a few years, the need to see more of the world was getting harder and harder to ignore. “I got tired of doing the same thing over and over,” St. John said. “I joined the Army to see the world so I asked for an assignment overseas. After a while they agreed – they didn’t want to hear me asking anymore.” In 1950, St. John, who had by then earned the rank of second lieutenant, was assigned to the Eighth Army at the new headquarters for Southwest Command in Osaka, Japan. During the height of the Korean War, St. John served as chief records clerk and postal clerk for the Adjutant General’s Of ce. It was also during this time that she applied for and earned the rank of warrant of cer. In 1953, St. John returned to the United States and attended of cer’s school in Virginia. She wasn’t stateside for long, though. She was assigned to the communications zone in Orleans, France, where she served as top secret control officer. In 1960, she returned to the U.S. and began her nal leg of service in the recruiting station in Detroit. Following the deaths of her parents in the early 1960s, St. John retired from the WAC in 1963. “I had said I didn’t want the pomp and ceremony, but the brass vetoed my wishes and scheduled a parade and that stuff,” St. John said.Not ready to settle downAlthough her military career was behind her, St. John said she wasn’t ready to settle down just yet. She moved to Tampa Bay and made use of the GI Bill and attended business school. She later applied for the Peace Corps. While waiting to hear if she had been accepted, she also applied for a position with the Suncoast Girl Scout Council, where she was offered the position of director of eld services. Although she was approved for the Peace Corps, St. John ultimately decided to stay in Florida and took the Scouts job. She would retire in 1977, but she wasn’t ready for a life of leisure just yet.A life of serviceDuring her time in Tampa Bay, St. John continued to do for others through her work with Religious Community Services and Meals on Wheels, for which she was a volunteer for 27 years. Helping others was a lesson she learned from her parents and one she has carried with her all of her life. “If you can’t do something to help somebody else, what do you do?” she said.A century of memoriesNow, just a few days shy of turning 100, St. John said it is her faith and her sense of community that has steered her course in life. A trailblazer for her time, St. John said it was God’s plan for her to break the traditional mold of what a woman could and should do in life. “He is most de nitely charting my course in life,” she said. And it is her faith in Him that has sustained her for almost 100 years. “Growing up in the church, we had songs that stayed with us,” she said. “To this day, I still sing one to myself. It goes, ‘God will take care of you through every day, or all the way, God will take care of you.’ And I rmly believe that. If you have faith, what more do you need?” ST. JOHN, from page 1A Photos courtesy of ILA ST. JOHNAbove: Ila St. John is pictured in 1992 with an exhibit about her service at the Michigan's Own Military Museum. Right: St. John is pictured with her broken ankle in the 1940s. Largo High School seniors started the next chapter of their life when they received their diplomas at Tropicana Field on May 18. Above, students get ready for their big moment. At left, Principal Brad Finkbiner hands a diploma to a student at the commencement ceremony. This year, IB valedictorians were Brooke Brady (4.7273 GPA), Nisha Hemant Desai (4.7273) and Sophie Wagner (4.7273). The traditional valedictorian was Daniella Montero (4.3362). Packer seniors take next step well while they were on the contract with DOT, I suspect it goes all the way back to their original construction.” City engineers identified damaged infrastructure in November during a project to relocate a lift station and notified the Florida Department of Transportation about the problems, the repairs of which are necessary for the city to establish new utility services for its Lake Avenue sanitary sewer extension project, Woloszynski said. City staff then began talks with the FDOT bonding company, Continental Casualty Co., to discuss repair strategies. A final agreement was reached, and commissioners approved the settlement with Continental on May 15 that will allow the city to use its own contractor to make the repairs. “The FDOT surety company stepped up to the plate, and worked with the city of Largo to come up with a fair and reasonable settlement that allowed us to bring in my Lake Avenue sanitary sewer extension contractor to do the work with those dollars that were provided by the settlement agreement,” Woloszynski said. Those repairs, which will cost just over $104,000, include the repair of 12 manholes, the relocation of one manhole and the replacement of the Tall Pines Drive sanitary sewer stub-out. Woloszynski said the city decided to tack on the Ulmerton Road repairs to the Lake Avenue extension because it would save money and time, and it’s one of the nal steps to completing the $2 million project. “It’s in everybody’s best interest to find the lowest-cost solution to make these repairs and it just so happens that I have a contractor mobilized doing this exact same type of sanitary sewer work,” he said. Some of the repairs, however, will mean a limited amount of construction on Ulmerton Road along the intersection of Tall Pines Drive. City staff are waiting for the contractor to provide a start date, and Woloszynski said it will be up to the contractor as to how much of the road will be under construction and how long it will last. “I hate to tell those who are commuters on Ulmerton Road,” Woloszynski said May 15. “This will be an Ulmerton Road closure on (the) westbound slow lane. Several of these other manholes are also in traffic lanes.” ULMERTON, from page 1APhotos courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS


Largo 5A Leader, May 24, 2018swimming competitions. A swim test will be administered the rst night of practice at Southwest Pool. Participants must have a Largo recreation membership. The cost of this program is $35 for residents and $70 for nonresidents from June 1 to Sept. 27.Community CenterThe Largo Community Center is at 400 Alt. Keene Road. Visit or call 727-5183131.Classes and lessons Ukulele lessons: Hourlong private lessons are $25. Students must provide their own ukulele. Instructor Michael Desselle will focus on basic chords, timing, strumming and learning melodies.Weekly events Bridge games: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 to 4 p.m. All players are welcome to join the American Contract Bridge League-sanctioned games. The cost is $4 with membership or $5, with snacks included. Call Joan Waff at 727-895-9073.  Mahjong games: Thursdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Beginners are welcome. The cost is $1.50 for members.  Sunday Social Dance: Sundays, 6 to 10 p.m. Dress to impress and join about 150 singles and friends of all ages to dance to an extensive music library to t every taste. The cost is $10.Monthly events Line dance parties: Fourth Fridays, 7 to 10 p.m. Line dancing is a low-impact exercise for all ages. Beginner dancers can easily follow the more seasoned dancers on our split floor setup in the Goodman Ballroom. Admission is $8 per person.Group meetingsAmerican 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.VFW Post 10094LARGO – VFW Post 10094, at 14450 Walsingham Road, offers several events each week that are open to the public. Each Monday, Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs are served beforehand for $3. On Tuesday afternoons, Trivia Time is held from 2 to 4 p.m. and darts are offered starting at 7 p.m. Each Thursday, dinner is served from 6 to 7 p.m. for $6 to $7. A different meal is served each week, and entertainers vary from week to week. Friday is Karaoke With Mollie, which begins at 6 p.m., with hot dogs and hamburgers offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Live entertainment is on Friday, Saturday and Sundays inside and outside, weather permitting. All are welcome, but you must have a current membership card to be served alcohol. Proceeds benefit the Bill Young VA Hospital programs, the VFW National Home, Sea Cadet Youth activities and the Boy Scouts.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, from page 4A LARGO – Palm Garden of Largo nished second in statewide voting in an annual photo contest hosted by the Florida Health Care Association. The image, “Love for Amos,” competed in a field of 100 photos to emerge as runner-up in the annual contest, which generated more than 6,500 online votes and highlighted daily life in Florida’s care centers. In the photo, resident Edith is enjoying quality time with the center’s monthly visitor and wonder horse Amos. Annie Johnson, the center’s life enrichment director, knew she had to capture the moment after Edith could barely contain her excitement when Amos walked in. “I took this photograph to capture the elated emotions Edith had when she initially saw Amos,” Johnson recalled. “For me, this picture represents how much love both Edith and Amos have to share with others.” As runner-up, Palm Garden of Largo will receive a $300 award that can be used for any activity to bene t its residents and staff. The contest is open to photographers who live, work, or volunteer in an FHCA member care center or who work with an FHCA associate member. Winning photographers receive a $50 Visa gift card. Care center’s photo earns praise Photo SUBMITTEDPalm Garden of Largo resident Edith enjoys quality time with the center's monthly visitor and wonder horse Amos. The photo earned second place in an annual photo contest hosted by the Florida Health Care Association. 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6A County Leader, May 24, 2018 Police BeatOff-duty Largo re ghter charged with DUIDUNEDIN – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies charged an off-duty Largo re ghter May 9 for driving under the in uence. Deputies say they saw a 2013 Dodge Dart, facing westbound and stopped in the intersection of Main Street and Bass Boulevard in Dunedin about 4 a.m. Deputies pulled behind the vehicle and noted the brake lights were activated despite there being a steady green light. Deputies activated their overhead emergency lights, but the vehicle remained stationary. Deputies made contact with the driver, identi ed as 26-year-old Michael Cruz. Deputies say Cruz was sleeping, with his foot on the brake. The vehicle was in drive and there were no other occupants inside. Deputies knocked on the window multiple times before Cruz responded. They say they had to assist Cruz with opening his vehicle door and placing the vehicle in park. Deputies say they noticed that Cruz showed signs of impairment by having bloodshot, glassy eyes and a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth. Cruz agreed to perform Field Sobriety Tests, but performed poorly on them. Cruz also submitted a breath sample, which indicated he had a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit. Cruz was booked into the County jail on one count of DUI and then released on his own recognizance.Police: Clearwater man left child in locked carCLEARWATER – Clearwater police charged a 51-year-old Clearwater man with child neglect May 17 after he left his 4-year-old daughter in a locked car in a courthouse parking lot while he attended a hearing inside. Dean Essam Baaj, 51, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Bail was set at $5,000. He was released on surety bond at 9:15 p.m. May 17. According to detectives, Baaj arrived at the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., at 8:45 a.m. for a 9 a.m. hearing. He locked the doors and rolled up the windows to his 2004 Mercedes and left his child inside. He left the sunroof open. About two hours later, a passerby heard the child calling for help and alerted a deputy inside the courthouse. Clearwater police of cers then were called to the scene. Baaj was questioned and then taken into custody. The child was checked out by fire medics and was found to be OK. The child was released to the custody of the mother, who was at the hearing at the courthouse as well. The temperature outside at the time the child was found was 82 degrees.Clearwater police seek help to identify woman who tried to rob WalgreensCLEARWATER – Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman who tried to rob the Walgreens at 703 Court St. about 7 a.m. May 15. Clearwater police say a female suspect walked up to the checkout area and demanded cash, saying she had a gun. When the employee said there was no cash in the cash register, the suspect left the store in a silver Honda CR-V. The woman was about 5 feet 3 inches tall and wearing a black dress with oral prints on it. Her black hair was pulled up into a bun, which was blonde. She got into the passenger side of the Honda, which had a missing spare tire and may have had a temporary tag. Anyone with information on her identity should call Clearwater Police at 727-562-4242.– Compiled by SUZETTE PORTER Michael Cruz Photo courtesy of CLEARWATER PDThe woman in this surveillance photo is wanted in connection with an attempted robbery of the Walgreens at 703 Court St. in Clearwater.Mike, are in our thoughts and prayers.” Morroni, a 10-year cancer survivor, did battle with the deadly disease four times and won all but the last one, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. His Facebook page quickly lled with comments May 21 as family, friends, neighbors, elected of cials and constituents expressed their feelings about his death. “John Morroni was a joy to know. He had such joy in life and put that joy to work for all of us as a neighbor, friend, county commissioner and state representative. Always gracious and giving, he was an example of the best we can be. My heart goes out to his family at this sad time. RIP, John. You fought hard and well, and I’m so grateful to have known you,” shared Billie Noakes, who had posted her message on the Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page. Morroni was a resident of Treasure Island. He also lived for many years in the Feather Sound community. His pub lic service goes back to 1992 when he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served until 2000. He then served as a Pinellas County commissioner from 2000 until he died. He had announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election. Morroni first learned he had non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the fall of 2008. He was 53. He spent six months undergoing chemotherapy and ve weeks of radiation before he could share the good news that the cancer was gone. Four years later, during a follow-up CAT scan done the second week in December, he found out the cancer had returned. Morroni underwent a stem cell transplant and “toxic” chemotherapy. That treatment was more dif cult and took longer. It also required a lengthy hospital stay. After the treatment, Morroni’s doctors had believed that the stem cell treatment would keep his cancer in check for a long time, the commissioner said in a Dec. 20, 2011, interview. However, it was not to be. County Communications sent out a news release July 5, 2016 announcing that Morroni would be undergoing treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center for a rare blood disorder known as secondary myelodysplastic syndrome, which was a secondary effect of the chemotherapy he received to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2012. His fourth diagnosis came in April of this year. Morroni was born Feb. 15, 1955, in Chicago and moved to Florida in 1980. He and his wife, Eileen, have one son, Mike. Morroni is known for a number of good deeds, but perhaps the one he was most proud of was his annual Appreciation Dinner for Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical and Fire Personnel. At his 23rd dinner this year, more than $80,000 was raised for Moftt Cancer Center. 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County 7A Leader, May 24, 2018motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.” Gas prices averaged about $2.72 for a gallon of unleaded in April, an increase of 33 cents from the same time last year. AAA says rising prices are due to expensive crude oil, record gasoline demand and shrinking global supply. The national price of gasoline on Memorial Day was $3.66 and $3.62 in Florida. As of May 20, the national average was $2.92 and in Florida, it was $2.82. In the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, the average price was $2.77, which was down 3 cents from the week before. INRIX, a global transportation analytics company who collaborated with AAA for the Memorial Day travel predictions, advises travelers who plan to travel by automobile to expect more traffic on Thursday and Friday, May 24-25, especially in the late afternoons when commuters begin to leave work. “Ranked the most congested country in the world, U.S. drivers are all too familiar with sitting in traffic,” said Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research at INRIX. “Drivers should expect congestion across a greater number of days than in previous years, with the getaway period starting on Wednesday, May 23. Our advice to drivers it to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether – traveling late morning or early afternoon – or plan alternative routes.” While travelers may pay more at the gas pump, those using other means of travel may save money compared to last year. More people also are expected to fly to their destination, about 6.8 percent more nationally and 7.6 percent more Floridians. AAA projects they will pay about 7 percent less with an average price of $168 for a round-trip ight to the top 40 domestic ights. Hotels are less expensive with AAA’s Three Diamond hotels charging 14 percent less than last year and Two Diamond hotels offering a 7 percent savings. Rental cars are expected to average about $59 a day, the lowest rate in four years. Trains, buses and cruise ships can expect more passengers as well, about 2.4 percent nationally and 1.3 percent in Florida. For those planning to stay close to home, expect the beaches to be busy. And if you’re thinking a trip to Disney might be in order, AAA says Orlando will be the most-visit Memorial Day destination this year. Also, be advised, Florida Highway Patrol and other law enforcement are participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which runs through June 3. “Not wearing a seatbelt is deadly,” said Col. Gene S. Spaulding, FHP director. “FHP will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to ensure everyone’s safety on Florida’s roadways.” By SUZETTE PORTERTampa Bay NewspapersDoreen Caudell announced May 14 that she is pulling out of the race for Pinellas County Commissioner District 2, leaving incumbent Pat Gerard running unopposed for the position. Caudell made the announcement on her Facebook page, saying “it is an honor to serve the citizens of Clearwater as their City councilmember and vice mayor.” “There are many exciting opportunities facing the city of Clearwater over the next several years and I feel compelled to dedicate my full time and attention to passionately represent Clearwater and its citizens on the numerous boards and committees that I have been appointed to by the City Council,” Caudell said. “It has become clear to me that running for Pinellas County Commission in 2018 is not the best way for me to serve the citizens of Clearwater.” Caudell’s announcement means only one commissioner spot will likely be on the Aug. 28 primary ballot. Commissioner Dave Eggers is running unopposed for the District 4 seat. The big race is for longtime Commissioner John Morroni’s spot representing District 6. Four have announced their intention to run for his job. Three Republicans, Larry Ahern, Barb Haselden and Kathleen Peters, will vie for the opportunity to take on the one lone Democrat, Amy Kedron, in the November election. However, there is still time for more candidates to announce their intentions to run for office. Pre-qualifying for statewide, multi-county, county and district candidates (other than judicial, state attorney and public defender) begins June 4. During the 14-day period, qualifying papers can be accepted for processing and ling during the qualifying period, which runs June 18-22. For information on how to run for office or how to qualify, visit or call 727-4644987. Eggers has represented District 4 since 2014 and Gerard has represented District 2, which is a countywide position, since 2014. Ahern currently represents District 66 and Peters serves District 69 in the state House of Representatives. Haselden is best known for her work as an activist to defeat the Greenlight initiative with her “No Tax for Tracks” campaign.Caudell exits race for County Commission PINELLAS COUNTY Ex-Largo Mayor Gerard to run unopposed TRAVEL, from page 1A Around PinellasCommission candidates to appear for Q and APINELLAS PARK – Candidates for Pinellas County Commission will speak and answer questions on Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m., in the Mainlands of Tamarac Unit 5 Clubhouse, located at 4275 Mainlands Blvd. Candidates expected to appear include Larry Ahern, Barbara Haselden, Kathleen Peters and Amy Kedron. The Mainlands of Tamarac is located just north of the Pinellas Park Walmart Super Center. Mainlands’ entrance is at U.S. 19 and Mainlands Boulevard. Each candidate will speak for 15 minutes, after which candidates will take questions from the moderator and members of the audience. The forum will last no longer than two hours.Oldsmar Chamber to host candidate forumOLDSMAR – The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates’ forum Tuesday, June 12, 6:30-9 p.m., in the Oldsmar City Council chambers, 101 State St. W. The forum aims to provide voters in northeast Pinellas and northwest Hillsborough counties the opportunity to meet, hear from and question individuals seeking to represent residents at all levels of government. Candidates for Florida House and Senate have been invited to participate in the forum, as well as county commission and school board candidates from both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The event is free and open to the public. The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce serves both businesses and residents located in and around Oldsmar and northwest Hillsborough County.Citizens invited to help shape Plan PinellasResidents are invited to provide input as Pinellas County revises its Comprehensive Plan, to be known as Plan Pinellas. 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8A Viewpoints Leader, May 24, 2018The only way to avoid Rick Scott’s ad blitz thus far in his campaign for the U.S. Senate is to unplug your TV set and, well, who wants to do that? That would mean you missed the royal wedding and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ongoing run toward the Stanley Cup, so I guess being subjected to Scott’s “approved” attack on his opponent and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson is a price we just have to pay. The latest ad is a real gem. Scott, the two-term governor, has been attacking Nelson, the three-term senator, as a “career politician.” Now, he is using what looks like the cast of Everyday Folks to paint Nelson as a rubber stamp who always votes the party line for the Democratic agenda – whatever it is. One guy in the commercial even says Nelson is too in uenced by Nancy Pelosi, and while I suppose their paths have crossed I doubt the House minority leader has much in uence over Nelson’s votes in the Senate. Ah, but that’s how the game is played. Republicans believe Pelosi is such a hot-button item that merely hearing her name or seeing her face will send thousands of voters stampeding to the polls to back any GOP candidate. Scott is not above playing the guilt-by-association game, either. A big part of his strategy as an unknown outsider in 2010 was to label Republican front-runner Bill McCollum as liberal for supporting – wait for it – “pro-abortion and pro-homosexual” Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 presidential primary. Painting McCollum as liberal was (and is) laughable, except it worked. Scott then put “let’s get to work” on an endless loop that we’re still repeating eight years later, and I guess he gures if a little distortion worked before, why mess with success? Besides, Nelson is absorbing a ton of body blows from these ads while sitting on about $10.5 million in his campaign chest. It’s reasonable to ask when he will start throwing punches back before Rick Scott de nes himself as an agent of change and Nelson as the face of partisan politics. While Scott has already spent $8 million on TV ads, including Spanishlanguage ads, Nelson has essentially been a ghost on TV and puzzling to the Democratic base. For instance, he voted to con rm Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, choosing not to hold the fact she oversaw “enhanced interrogation” (torture) for a time. He tweeted his support for relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, calling it the “appropriate place.” That doesn’t sound like a Democratic rubber stamp to me. As long as Nelson lets Scott keep pounding away though, it doesn’t really matter what is true and what is misleading. Yeah, I know – the leadup to major elections is all about being misleading. Voters can usually sort through the nonsense, and it is still about 5 1/2 months until the election. Neither candidate faces a serious primary challenge. If I were Democrats though, I’d be worried that Scott is managing to plant enough seeds with voters that it could be hard for Nelson to change minds. If they doubt that, just ask Bill McCollum. Joe Henderson has had a 45-year career in newspapers, including the last nearly 42 years at The Tampa Tribune. LETTERS Is the New Yorker magazine on the skids, or is it my brain that has lost whatever sharpness it may have had? I re-subscribed to the magazine a few months ago, and I seem to have detected a lower quality in its cartoons, which have always been its main attraction for persons of questionable intelligence, such as me. Even some of the covers puzzle me. The artwork out front doesn’t always match the title of the piece. When the New Yorker was founded by Harold Ross in 1925, he said it would become a unique and sophisticated publication. “This won’t be edited for the old lady in Dubuque,” he said. He certainly succeeded. The magazine’s cartoons as well as its writing and reporting have made it famous. Having one’s short story, poem or nonfiction article published in the New Yorker has been the dream of thousands of writers. On the other hand, the only dream of many of the New Yorker’s readers has simply been to comprehend even a few of the poems the magazine publishes. The same thing goes, to a lesser extent, with the short stories. Although it’s possible for a reader of average intelligence to become a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the New Yorker, odds are strong that such an allegiance will be rooted in the cartoons, more than in the print pages. Perhaps the best remembered New Yorker cartoonist is Charles Addams. His dark, spooky and twisted cartoons were in a class of their own. His characters and their bizarre adventures achieved an even wider audience when the TV series, the Addams Family, appeared. Addams attended the University of Pennsylvania in 1930-31. One of its oldest buildings is said to be the model for the Addams family TV home. In the mid-1960s I worked in the university’s news bureau, directly across the street from that building. Tales of Addams’ talent and personality were common. One of them went this way: His New Yorker editors could often tell when Addams was entering an over-the-edge state of mind. At such times his cartoon submissions were so outrageous as to be unpublishable. Example: A proud father stood staring through the viewing glass of a hospital’s maternity ward. On the other side of the window, a nurse held not just one, but twin newborn babies for their father to admire. After a few seconds, with a smile, he told the nurse, “They’re ne. I’ll eat them here.” That cartoon gave a hint of Addams’ reallife attitude toward children: he hated small ones. He divorced his rst wife after eight years of marriage because she wanted children. He didn’t. Weirdness and eccentricity at the New Yorker has not been confined to its cartoonists and writers. The lives and attitudes of its editors have generated a number of fascinating biographies. On one extreme were men who were born with sophistication and worldly wisdom coming out of their ears. On the other end of the scale were men whose literary erudition was symbolized by the editor who stuck his head into the doorway of a colleague and asked, “Was Moby Dick the man or the whale?” Side note: the New Yorker has had only one female editor, Tina Brown. During her sixyear tenure, she made a number of changes that moved the magazine further into the 20th century. Why should anyone read a publication as unpredictable and unclassifiable as the New Yorker? The answer lies in the question: Because you never know what you’ll get – politics, art, movies, history, humor, sports, books, science – the entire marvelous uncertain nut-house we’re living through, all told through the best writing we’re likely to encounter this side of John McPhee, James Thurber or Joyce Carol Oates. Plus, of course, the cartoons. Today if you purchase a New Yorker at a newsstand you’ll pay $8.99 for a single issue. But if you subscribe, you’ll pay only one buck – and you’ll also have full access to each issue via the Internet. Final fact: You should be advised that 77 percent of the magazine’s readers have political views that are left of center. Which means that even if Donald Trump could read (which he cannot, or does not), he wouldn’t be caught dead with a copy of the New Yorker. Bob Driver’s email address is tralee71@ to pause in a moment of unity For the cost of 50 cents, I’ve been spellbound by a work of non ction that will remain on my bookshelf as long as I live. That’s how much I paid for Tom Brokaw’s “The Greatest Generation” at the Dunedin Friends of the Library’s book sale a few years ago. Published in 1998, the journalist’s masterpiece provides stirring stories about Americans from all walks of life who served their country in World War II. I’ve read it twice – and I’m sure I read it again – to help me be forever mindful of the sacri ces these men and women made and to help share their stories, some disturbing. There’s Johnnie Holmes, a black soldier from the Chicago area. Here’s a snippet from the book: “He remembers the German POWS were allowed to go to the PX when Holmes and his friends could not. He remembers white of cers saying, ‘If you boys don’t behave, we’ll have those Germans guard you.” Holmes served in the 761st Tank Battalion and was in combat for 138 straight days, including during the Battle of the Bulge. His outfit liberated Jewish prisoners from three concentration camps. After the war he worked for the city of Chicago, became involved in real estate and died in 2013 at 91 years old – a hero. Brokaw’s book also has some lighter accounts. There’s John Caulfied, who served in the Navy. After the war he was a principal and eventually founded the ROMEO Club at a Bar and Grill in Cambridge. Club members shared their camaraderie and their sense of patriotism with visitors. ROMEO? Retired Old Men Eating Out. Thoughts about the war have been whirling through my head, beginning with a recent interview I had with Martin Abrams, 92, a World War II infantryman who received a Purple Heart for severe frostbite. The Palm Harbor retiree talked with me for almost three hours, vividly recalling being extremely cold in the Ardennes Forest and removed from combat in November 1944. He still suffers from leg and feet pain caused by the cold weather. It was an honor to be invited to his house to hear his stories. We are losing 372 American World War II veterans per day. About 558,000 of the 16 million Americans who served remain alive, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says. Whether they served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War or the many engagements since then, countless veterans suffered some hardships – and have stories to tell. And our allies as well. My late father was a bombsight technician in the U.S. Army in World War II, stationed for some time in Alaska. I remember my mom bringing up the possibility of taking a vacation to Alaska. “Have fun,” Dad said. I remember visiting an uncle in 2004 who told me anecdotes of serving in World War II on a sub chaser off Okinawa, I believe. Whenever his crew would sink a submarine, they would y a broom attached to a mast. Chuckling, he said that the ritual indicated “a clean sweep.” Close to 1,000 of the nearly 1.8 million troops who served in the Korean War die every day. More valuable lives and stories lost. Certainly, Americans have diverse views on war, foreign policies, religion and politics. That’s symbolic of our enduring love of freedom – which many of our brethren have died for. I hope Americans will take time on Memorial Day to honor our veterans for the sacrifices they made – whether by attending a ceremony, visiting a cemetery, displaying an American ag or simply saying thanks to a friend or loved one for their military service. The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress asks Americans at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. It is called an act of unity. Perfect. Please join us. Tom Germond is executive editor of Tampa Bay Newspapers. He can be reached at 727397-5563, ext. 330, or by an email at tgermond@ We are proud to offer a forum to our readers. Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to We will not print the letter writer’s phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters:  Letters are printed on a rst-come, rst-served basis. 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Butts do not disintegrate, deteriorate, dissolve or degrade. Publix has garbage cans, butt disposals, and yet people empty their car ashtrays in the parking lot. Do they do this at home in their driveways? Walmart has lovely landscaping and garbage cans/butt disposals at all their doors – and butts among all the bushes and sidewalks. Speedway on Gulf Boulevard, where maybe there should absolutely be no smoking, has the garbage cans and disposals – and the butts! One cannot even eat at some outdoor patio restaurants; McDonald’s please note. Now the worst part is the beaches. Beaches are not ash trays. Birds eat butts and get clogged up, sh eat butts. If lters are in and made with toxic materials, are the sh we eat toxic? Emoji, the baby manatee, was reported to have butts and plastic bags in its stomach when it died. The beach at John’s Pass is sometimes really scattered with butts and children are playing in this sand. Am I the only one bothered by the lack of respect for our beautiful Florida? Nancy Petritis Madeira BeachStrong mayor model sounds like a dictatorshipEditor: I live in Clearwater for many reasons. Not the least of which is the more laid-back community that we are. If I wanted to live in an overcrowded city with no transportation solutions, I would move back to Tampa or St. Petersburg. We already have no traf c solution for Clearwater Beach. Proponents of a strong mayor make the point that cities that have that model allows for the mayor to hire, re and make deals as he/she sees t. Sounds more like a dictatorship to me. I like the current system of community input with a responsive city council and manager. Ken Marlow Clearwater


Health & Fitness 9A Leader, May 24, 2018LARGO – More than 40 children and young adults who reside at The Children’s Center at Sabal Palms in Largo participated in the fourth annual Special Olympics MATP and Young Athletes Challenge Day on May 11. The Children’s Center is a sub-acute pediatric care and rehabilitation unit that is home to 34 medically fragile children (birth to age 21) and 20 teens and young adults who require around-the-clock skilled nursing care. All of the children have complex medical conditions and health care needs, such as ventilator dependency, tracheotomies and feeding tubes. The Special Olympics Motor Activities Training Program is designed to provide opportunities for athletes with severe or profound intellectual and physical disabilities with sport-speci c activities appropriate for their abilities. The special day featured various game stations, each focusing on a specific sports-based skill, and each athlete received a medal for their hard work and were celebrated during a special awards ceremony. To make this event possible, seventhand eighth-grade students from Our Savior Lutheran School volunteered, helping run the game stations, playing with the children and cheering everyone on.Center’s event shines spotlight on special needs kids, adults Photos SUBMITTEDMore than 40 children and young adults participated in the fourth annual Special Olympics MATP and Young Athletes Challenge Day on May 11 at The Children's Center at Sabal Palms in Largo. Students from Our Savior Lutheran School help run game stations May 11 during the fourth annual Special Olympics MATP and Young Athletes Challenge Day at The Children's Center at Sabal Palms in Largo. SABAL PALMS IN LARGO Health BriefsFamily Center on Deafness to distribute ampli ed phones LARGO – Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc., the provider of free amplified phones to Florida residents, has begun distributing the BT914 Ampli ed Cordless Bluetooth Phone. These phones are available at Family Center on Deafness in Largo. This phone allows the user to either plug it into a conventional landline or pair it with an existing cell phone system which has Bluetooth compatibility. This phone also has a digital answering machine. For hard of hearing individuals who have discontinued their landline phone service and have a hard time hearing on their cell phone, this is a solution. This particular model phone is designed for people with low to moderate hearing loss with 40 dB capability. A stronger phone for moderate to severe hearing loss will be available this summer. Family Center on Deafness of Largo is a regional distribution center for the program. For information, call 727-399-9983 and press 1. This program is funded by Telecommunications Access Systems Act surcharge and phones are provided free to any Florida resident with a hearing loss. Family Center on Deafness is a nonprofit supported in part by Juvenile Welfare Board, fundraisers and donations.Yard sale to bene t American Heart Association’s Heart WalkST. PETERSBURG – A community yard sale will take place Saturday, May 26, 7 a.m. to noon, in the parking lot at Northside Hospital, 6000 49th St. N., St. Petersburg. All yard sale proceeds will bene t the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. For more information on the event and or to donate items, call Carrie Johnson at 727-521-5265.DOH-Pinellas to offer Back to School clinic services for studentsThe Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will offer its annual Back to School health clinic services to students, kindergarten through grade 12, to prepare for the 2018-19 school year. Beginning on Monday, June 5, DOH-Pinellas’ school-based clinics will provide school, sports and well child physicals, including immunizations, at no cost for clients who have limited income or no health insurance. Vision screenings, provided by Preserve Vision Florida, as well as assistance for glasses and exams (for qualifying clients) will be available. Basic dental services to include oral health assessments, oral hygiene instructions, dental sealants, uoride treatments and referral to a dental home, if needed, at no cost. The services will be provided at no cost by appointment only between 8 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. at the following locations and dates:  Pinellas Park High School Clinic, 6305 118th Ave. N., Pinellas Park – Monday through Thursday, June 5 to June 29, and July 24 to Aug. 8 (except July 26)  Northeast High School Clinic, 5500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg – Monday through Thursday, June 5 to June 29, and July 24 to Aug. 8  Gibbs High School Clinic: 850 34th St. S., St. Petersburg – Monday through Thursday, July 9 to Aug. 8  Boca Ciega High School Clinic, 924 58th St. S., Gulfport – Monday through Thursday, July 24 to Aug. 8 For appointments, call 727-824-6900 and select menu option 4. A parent or guardian must bring the child’s immunization record and accompany the child to receive services. If the parent is not present, a consent must be obtained prior to receiving services. 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10A Business Leader, May 24, 2018 By SUZETTE PORTERTampa Bay NewspapersThe Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released April’s unemployment rates May 18. Pinellas County reported a not seasonally adjusted rate of 3.1 percent, which is down from 3.4 percent reported in March and 3.6 percent reported in April 2017. Out of a labor force of 497,411, 15,184 were reportedly unemployed. In March, the labor force was slightly bigger, 498,117 and 16,864 were without a job. In April 2017, 17,529 were unemployed out of a labor force of 487,590. The Tampa-St. PetersburgClearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, reported a 3.2 percent unemployment rate in April. In March, the MSA reported a rate of 3.6 percent and in April 2017, 3.8 percent. The state reported a rate of 3.4 percent in April, 3.8 percent in March and 4 percent in April 2017. The national rate in April was 3.7 percent, down from 4.1 reported in March, which was the same rate reported in April 2017. Tampa-St. PetersburgClearwater MSA held onto the No. 2 spot for over-the-year job gains. The DEO reported that 21 out of 24 of the state’s metro areas had job gains in April. OrlandoKissimmee-Sanford had the most with more than 40,000 new jobs. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater reported a gain of 34,200 jobs and Jacksonville had 17,300. The industries with the highest growth rate in the local area were leisure and hospitality with 9,300 new jobs; education and health services with 6,300 new jobs; and nancial activities with 6,200 new jobs. The local area also remained rst among the state’s metro areas in job demand in April with 44,083 openings. The area also ranked No. 1 in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 14,227 openings last month. Hillsborough County also reported an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent in April. Pinellas and Hillsborough tied with seven other counties for the rank of No. 47 of the state’s 67 counties. Pasco tied with two other counties for the rank of No. 24 with an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent. Hernando continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the local MSA, 4.2 percent. It tied with Miami-Dade and Hardee counties for the rank of No. 7. The county with the highest unemployment rate of 4.9 percent and ranked No. 1 in the state was Sumter County. Okaloosa and St. Johns counties tied for the rank of No. 66 with the lowest rate of 2.7 percent. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater tied with four other metro areas for the rank of No. 15 out of 24. The Villages MSA ranked No. 1 with highest unemployment rate of 4.9 percent, and Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin MSA ranked No. 24 with the lowest rate of 2.7 percent. Suzette Porter is TBN’s Pinellas County editor. She can be reached at rate down to 3.1 percent PINELLAS COUNTY BriefcaseCountryside Mall to host All About Women ExpoCLEARWATER – The All About Women Expo will take place Sunday, June 10, noon to 5 p.m., at West eld Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N., Suite 1039, Clearwater. The free event will feature areas that focus on Beauty, Wellness, Fashion and Girls Wanting to Have Fun. There will be make-up and hair techniques, massages and sample products. Attendees also can speak to doctors and health professionals and watch a fashion show. There will be a mother-daughter look-alike contest. Guests may also register to have access to a VIP area with wine tastings, a painting class, photo booth, appetizers and a glam bag full of swag. VIP registration is free, but only 250 spots are available. For information, visit Tree Vintage Market, Nostalgia expandBELLEAIR BLUFFS – Six months after opening in The Alley at 596 Indian Rocks Road N. in Belleair Bluffs, the Lemon Tree Vintage Market has expanded and is offering an even greater variety of refreshed antiques, painted furniture, salvaged goods, home dcor, jewelry and gifts. The Lemon Tree will use the additional space to give locally-based artisans and vendors a place to show their wares, according to Amy McDermott, the store’s owner. McDermott’s move to the larger area within The Alley provided Rosa Sollecito an opportunity to increase the size of her shop, Nostalgia, as well. “I was looking for a larger facility but did not want to leave The Alley,” Sollecito said. Sollecito plans to use the extra space for her organic skin care company, NaturesTech, which features the AloeMoist Organics line of face and body crmes, perfecting serums, scrubs, soaps and organic shampoo and conditioners, all of which are botanical and hypo-allergenic. In addition to her background in nutrition and being a licensed aesthetician, Sollecito is a licensed massage therapist and offers professional chair massage to her shoppers. The Alley now hosts a monthly Sip & Shop. The event takes place on third Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Participating stores in The Alley will provide extended shopping hours, beverages, snacks, and a place to gather and create.Tampa Bay Times to host job fair TAMPA – The Tampa Bay Times will host the Tampa Bay Job and Career Fair Tuesday, June 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore/Airport, 700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with local companies who have immediate employment needs from entry-level positions to skilled trade, health care and even top managerial positions. There is something for everyone at the Tampa Bay Job Fair. This special event is designed to help put job-seekers face to face with companies such as those listed on the Tampa Bay Times Top Places to Work. The event also will have several of the area’s top schools for continuing education. Local universities and vocational/technical institutes will be on hand. Attendees should come prepared with their rsum and should dress to impress. Admission is free. No preregistration is required. For information, call Dave LaBell at 727-893-8523.Arts Alliance to host development sessionsST. 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Tillung also had the highest volume of new contracts. Within the Thorn Collection, Lisa Sullivan was the top sales agent in units. Allison Bouchard was the top listing agent and top sales agent in volume. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices honored at national sales conventionBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group was recently recognized at the national sales convention in San Antonio as the No. 22 company within the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network. The Berkshire Elite Circle award is the network’s highest company honor presented to the top 50 af liates. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group, which has nearly 600 agents and 21 branch of ces, consistently ranks among the top three companies in Florida and the top 25 companies in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group also celebrated its team during an annual awards program held locally. Company awards were presented highlighting numerous achievements. The celebration honored the company’s 2017 top producers for their performance, accomplishments and sales success.Smith & Associates Real Estate opens Treasure Island of ceTREASURE ISLAND – Smith & Associates Real Estate recently announced the opening of its sixth location. The new of ce will be at 9641 Gulf Blvd. in Treasure Island to better service the growing real estate demands of the surrounding beach communities. Smith & Associates Real Estate has had back-to-back record-breaking billion dollar plus sales in the two previous years. This year, Bob Glaser, president and CEO, is capitalizing on Tampa Bay’s red-hot real estate market to increase Smith & Associates Real Estate reach and market share on both sides of the bay. The opening of the Treasure Island location follows the company’s expansion last month with a new of ce in Westchase. With Florida leading the nation in international homebuyers, record cold winter temperatures across the United States, and a revitalization of the urban cores of both St. Petersburg and Tampa, the beaches represent a signi cant sector of real estate opportunities.Weichert Real Estate agents complete Fast Track trainingST. PETERSBURG – Weichert Real Estate Af liates Inc. recently announced that several Weichert af liated agents have successfully completed its Fast Track training. Agents who completed the recent training include Shirin Hamadani, Debbie Hazley, JR Peare and Jennifer Russell. The agents are all with Weichert Realtors – Equity. The training helps quickly bring new Weichert af liated agents, as well as current agents interested in taking a refresher course, up to speed on the latest information and technology available to real estate professionals so they can better communicate with clients to offer the best service available.Weichert Realtors–Equity awardedST. PETERSBURG – Weichert Realtors-Equity recently announced its 2017 Of ce Award Winners. The agents were honored by the national franchise organization, Weichert Real Estate Af liates Inc., based on achieving speci ed production requirements in gross commission income or units earned in 2017. These Weichert af liated agents earned their recognition from among associates in 39 states at the year’s end. Agents include Simone Pilz, Bob Meyers, Chris Auletta, John Atkisson, Kathleen Schulz, Kelly Pillon and Mike Stebnitz. “Our af liates accomplished so much last year,” said Bill Scavone in a press release. Scavone is president and chief operating of cer of Weichert Real Estate Af liates Inc. “We are extremely fortunate to have such knowledgeable, dedicated and tireless Realtors.”RE/MAX ACR Elite Group announces top agents BELLEAIR – RE/MAX ACR Elite Group Inc. recently recognized its top agents in the Belleair of ce in closed sales for the month of April. The No. 1 agent was Dorita Mayeux. The No. 2 agent was Tom Varga. The No. 3 agent was Gina Ruffner.Realty Executives Adamo & Associates names top agentsSEMINOLE – Realty Executives Adamo & Associates recently announced its top agents for the month of April. Mark Murphy was recognized as the top listing associate for the month. Debra Ryder was the top sales associate. Team Heather Pourchot was recognized as the top listing team for April. The Forrest Murphy Team was the top sales team for the month.Keller Williams Gulfside Realty welcomes Kris RodriguezLARGO – Keller Williams Gulfside Realty recently welcomed Kris Rodriguez to its of ce. Originally from New Jersey, Rodriguez has called Florida home for 22 years. He lived in the Miami area before relocating to Indian Rocks Beach. Rodriguez got started in the real estate business as a real estate investor and property manager. He gained a lot of experience and knowledge in the eld so he decided to acquire his real estate license and worked out of Coral Gables for eight years. Rodriguez has been licensed for 10 years and has represented residential buyers and sellers in South Florida. He also focused on commercial real estate since he has a background in business. Donna Hildebrand joins Keller Williams Gulfside Market CenterLARGO – Keller Williams Gulfside recently named Donna Hildebrand as its new productivity coach. Hildebrand is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and a retired New York City police of cer. She began her real estate career in 1991 and became a broker in 2001. She has conducted business in various locations throughout New York state. In 2017, Hildebrand transitioned from listing and selling to productivity coach and Ignite Trainer for Keller Williams Upstate New York Properties in Oneonta. Now a resident of Seminole, she is excited to bring her experiences to the Keller Williams Gulfside Market Center in Largo. Engel & Vlkers Madeira Beach announces top sales advisor MADEIRA BEACH – Engel & Vlkers Madeira Beach recently recognized Evan Pedone as the top sales advisor for April. Pedone sold over $5 million for the month. “The greater Tampa-Bay luxury real estate market is strong,” said Pedone in a press release. “I have a passion for representing premium homes and getting them sold.” “Mr. Pedone excellently represents Engel & Vlkers’ ideals of exclusivity, competence and passion,” said Cherie Pattishall, licensed partner of Engel & Vlkers Madeira Beach. “Mr. Pedone is in nitely passionate and knowledgeable about the high-end real estate market.”Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate welcomes new associatesCLEARWATER – Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate recently announced the af liation of three new associates. Joining Coldwell Banker’s Clearwater of ce in Countryside are Laura Vlismas, Selena Dautel and Chad Smith. “We welcome these associates and look forward to their addition to the team. They bring diverse levels of experience to the of ce and are committed to providing a high level of service for their customers,” said Julia Stander, managing broker. Sandy Hartmann & Associates rank in top three regionally in AprilSEMINOLE – Sandy Hartmann & Associates recently was ranked as one of the top three real estate groups in the Keller Williams North Florida Region for April 2018. The team closed more than $6.6 million in volume for the month of April. Rof s Team joins Engel & Vlkers Madeira BeachMADEIRA BEACH – Engel & Vlkers Madeira Beach recently announced that the Rof s Team will join its shop as real estate advisors. The team consists of Gayle Rof s, Mary Pendergast and Sabine Shannon. 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Outdoors 11A Leader, May 24, 2018Rainy forecasts are becoming commonplaceWet weather continues to be the topic of discussion this week. Despite the soggy conditions most mornings, although less than ideal, have been fishable the past few days. Tarpon, redfish and snook are all good options for those shing inshore. Offshore, amberjack and red grouper shing has been very good when the weather allows for 20to 30-mile runs into the Gulf. And with gag grouper opening June 1 and red snapper June 11 there’s reason to be excited. I suppose this isn’t too good of a sign if we’re battling low pressure systems this early in the storm season. However, an angler always has options around here. Big high tides this week have made it possible to fish for redfish for much of the afternoon. Cut pin sh skipped under the mangroves has been the most productive way to get bit. The tide is just too high and the sh are pushed well under the trees, making it almost impossible to throw artificial lures. Anglers should also target oyster mounds right now. Finding an oyster bar covered with mullet will almost always be holding a few red sh if not a school. Tarpon fishing has been good at times this past week despite the weather. Anglers fishing the southern portion of the county have been able to find good numbers of fish holding around the Skyway Bridge. The big bridge is holding good numbers of fish, especially on the incoming tide. Free-line threadfins along the pilings and bumper system then move out to Egmont Key on the afternoon outgoing tide for a potential crab ush. Gag grouper season opens next week, and the consensus is that there are plenty of sh to be caught close to shore. Anglers should be able to find fish as close as the shipping channel and the Skyway Bridge and out a bit further targeting arti cial reefs and shallow ledges inside of 50 feet. Live grunts and pinfish work great for gag grouper this time of year as the sh are active in the warmer water. However, it is always a good idea to drop a few sardines down to start when your fishing those shallow ledges; this will draw the grouper in from a greater distance. Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at To get a sh photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to A crowd joined hands forming a line across the sand at the Indian Rocks Beach "Hands Across the Sand" gathering May 19 between 17th and 18th avenues. The event is one of hundreds globally to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to speed the transition to available, affordable clean energy solutions. Indian Rocks Beach continues to draw one of the largest crowds for "Hands Across the Sand" in the area every year since the events inception in 2010.Photos by TODD RICEHands Across the Sand Outdoors BriefsMcGough Park to host Look Alive Bird ShowLARGO – The Look Alive Bird Show will be presented Sunday, May 27, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Narrows Environmental Education Center, 11901 146th St. N. Attendees will get a glimpse at the world of Florida’s fabulous ighted hunters. The show details the amazing adaptations that raptors use to exploit the natural world for their gain. The show includes owls, hawks, falcons and Sarge, the center’s own bald eagle and the star of the show. Cost is $3 a person. For more information, visit or call 727-5183047.Taylor Park to host Family Fishing event LARGO – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast will partner with First Home Bank to sponsor the Family Fun Fishing event set for Saturday, June 2, 8 to 11 a.m., at Taylor Park, 1100 SW Eighth Ave., Largo. Prizes will be awarded for first fish caught, smallest fish caught and most fish caught as well as rst, second and third largest sh caught. The event is free. Poles and bait will be provided for children age 14 and younger.Stone crab season comes to an end The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closed May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15. This ve-month closure occurs each year during the peak spawning season to help conserve and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource. Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season, but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer. Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within ve days after the close of the stone crab season. Stone crab claws cannot be harvested from traps pulled after the season closes. For information about the stone crab harvest season, visit and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” and then either “Recreational Regulations” or “Commercial.” The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is gathering public input on the commercial and recreational stone crab fishery. For details or to provide input, visit SaltwaterComments.Klinkenberg to speak in Safety HarborSAFETY HARBOR – Award winning author and journalist Jeff Klinkenberg will discuss “Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life,” his latest book, Thursday, June 7, 6:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. In the book, Klinkenberg shares experiences growing up in pre-air conditioned Florida with stouthearted folks who learned to live and prosper among the insects, sharp-toothed creatures, and serious heat. Klinkenberg portrays the unique people, places, food, and culture of Florida with his deep knowledge of and love for the state. Some of the chapters are about the author’s childhood in Miami. Klinkenberg is the former Real Florida columnist at Tampa Bay Times and has authored several books including “Alligators in B-Flat.” He was named one of three 2018 winners of the Florida Folk Heritage Awards and received the Florida Humanities Council’s 2018 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. Copies of “Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life” will be available for sale and signing. For information, call 727-7241525, ext. 4112, or visit www. Coast Bromeliad Society to meetPINELLAS PARK – The Florida West Coast Bromeliad Society will meet Tuesday, June 5, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. The meeting will include information on bromeliad care and culture. Bromeliads will be available, by sale and by raffle. The public is welcome. For information, visit to host Great Weedon Bird Quest ST. 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12A Community Leader, May 24, 2018 By TOM GERMONDTampa Bay NewspapersPALM HARBOR – World War II veteran Martin Abrams asked during an interview if he should turn on a fan in his sun room, thinking it might be too warm inside for visitors. He has health problems due to his exposure to the brutal weather in the Ardennes Forest toward the end of 1944. “I’m always cold,” he said. It’s one of his many stories stemming from his experiences in combat and traveling frequently to Europe. The 92-year-old former infantryman remembers being placed on a stretcher at the onset of the Battle of the Bulge. He remembers winning rst place in a jitterbug contest. Falling in love with a girl from Brussels and marrying her. And, after the war, distributing movies to cruise lines and traveling around the world. The Purple Heart was awarded to Abrams in October 1945 because of frostbite, he said, while serving in the 99th Infantry Division on Nov. 11, 1944. It was Armistice Day. “It’s worse than being shot because you have it all your life,” he said. Born on Thanksgiving in the Bronx in a family of four, Abrams remembers walking three blocks to Yankee Stadium. He said he saw Lou Gehrig make his famous retirement speech and watched Joe DiMaggio play. “At 1 o’clock, I would skip school, go to the baseball game and collect autographs,” he said. At the age of 18, Abrams was drafted into the U.S. Army.Off to warAbrams was trained at Camp Blanding, and in Paris, Texas, and eventually was stationed in Birmingham, England, before the Normandy invasion. While in Birmingham, he entered an amateur entertainment contest. “I sang like Donald Duck –‘You’re in the Army now’ – and I won the rst prize,” he said. Consequently, he won a free trip to London, where his cousins lived. “This was a nice town. There were girls all over,” he said. However, Londoners were under attack by what they called flying bombs. “The rockets were shooting,” he said. “V1 rockets were going off the mountains in Norway. Putt, putt, they would go. Sometimes they would overshoot London. But when you are walking around shopping or whatever and you hear the putt, putt, putt – it stops. Everybody starts running to the subways. I was there two nights. I slept in the subways.” Enroute to Omaha Beach, he remembers German submarines shooting at ships in the English Channel. The shooting never stopped. “We climbed down the cruiser we were on, and we went in a landing craft that opens up at the end. About 20 people. I had my ri e up in the air. It was freezing. The trucks came and picked us up. We went up by train.” Months later in the Ardennes forest, blizzards and freezing rain plagued troops. “It snowed for two weeks,” he said. “I froze my ass off.” He was pulled out of a fox hole on Nov. 11 because of frostbite and put in a Red Cross jeep with three guys who had been shot. “They were dying. I was on the stretcher that carries four men,” he said. “What was I thinking? It’s cold,” he said. He also remembers carrying candy bars in his gas mask and being hospitalized for several weeks in a large hospital outside of Paris. “We were in a giant room and they had black soldiers there. The nurses went crazy. They never saw black soldiers before. You know what the guys told them? We’re night fighters,” he said, with a laugh. Stationed in Paris as a tech corporal, he was assigned to be a company clerk. Not a bad gig. “I was in the bedroom and I open the window and I look out it and there is the Champs-lyses,” he said. “How lucky can you get?” Brussels, marriage and home to the statesAmong his many jaunts, Abrams said he went to a New Year’s Eve dance in Brussels in the USO building. He entered a jitterbug contest with a lady friend and won first place, dancing to Glen Miller’s “In the Mood.” The prize was 10 bottles of liqueurs. Later, he went to a caf and was attracted to a cute girl with black hair. “She knew a little English. And we danced a little. For ve hours I was talking to her,” he said. Her name was Rosine Kleinman and her family, Polish Jews, had fled Warsaw to avoid being captured. Her father, Max, had been shot in the neck. He went to Paris. His son was named Adolf, after Adolf Hitler, hoping that would help prevent him from being harmed or sent to a concentration camp. “Because the Germans were coming,” Abrams said. Abrams put in a request to get married and was transferred to Antwerp. It was a 20-minute train ride to Brussels. “I walked in and yelled, ‘Rosine, Rosine I’m back,’” he said. “I had only seen her like four or ve times in several months.” Abrams had to get his parent’s permission to wed because of his age, 19, and extend his service for another three months, he said. After the couple were married overseas, they had a second marriage in New York City. Returning home to South Florida, Abrams eventually opened up a lm library in Miami. “Across the street was the Fifth Street Gym. Rocky Marciano was there. I met Mohammad Ali – in the gym. He came down there to train,” he said. Abrams said he sold Mohammad Ali 8 mm movie equipment and Ali gave him two tickets to his world heavyweight championship fight in Miami Beach in 1964. Abrams went to see the fight with his relative Alain, formerly known as Adolf. “He hated that name,” Abrams said. Abrams achieved success as a film distributor and provided movies to cruise ships. He met movies stars, took 66 cruises and visited more than 50 countries. He also had real estate and other business ventures. His son, Brian, lives in the Clearwater area, and daughter, Suzi Scott, lives Castle Rock, Colorado. “We had a wonderful life, and we went to Europe a lot because my grandparents still lived there,” Scott said. Scott said her father loves his family and has done much for them. “He brought Rosine’s entire family over to America, which is an amazing thing to do,” she said. Her mother also led an interesting life. Rosine, who died more than six years ago, worked for the French underground at the age of 14 and helped people get passports. Her exploits received newspaper coverage, Scott said. When Rosine came overseas with other war brides, she noticed as they approached the mainland that reworks were being launched. “My mother said, ‘I have the most wonderful husband. Look what he did for my birthday,’” Scott said. “It had nothing to do with him because it was the Fourth of July.” Scott raves about their late mother’s talents, too, especially as an entertainer. “So my mom at 80 was doing the can-can in a show,” Scott said. “She was the most beautiful singer.”Other memoriesAbrams participated in an Honor Flight trip in 2013. Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that transports military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials. “I was so thrilled,” Scott said. “That for me was a highlight that he got appreciated. He loved that trip,” she said. “I think that was a special thing they do,” she said. Abrams called the experience fabulous. “I shook at least 100 kids’ hands,” he said. Abrams remains slender; his uniform still ts him. He’s proud of his military service and it shows. Other memorabilia in his house, besides his Purple Heart, include newspaper clippings, family photos, and a memo from Col. C.H. Valentine, General Staff Corps chief of staff, announcing that Abrams along with two other soldiers had received the Purple Heart. He also has a telegram from the Army dated Dec. 3, 1944, that was sent to his mother, Eleanor Abrams, informing her that he was slightly injured in Belgium. Blind in one eye, Abrams still operates a copy machine, but has no use for the Internet or email. However, he can do a ne imitation of Donald Duck and talks in detail about his family, which includes four grandchildren, and his experiences. “He really has a great memory. For 92, it’s amazing,” Scott said. Abrams continues to have cold legs and other problems stemming from the weather in the Ardennes Forest. “I’m always sending thermal or eece or any kind of anything that they come out with for skiers,” Scott said. Nevertheless, Abrams maintains his sense of humor about his travels and other experiences. “Ever been to a Greek wedding? Two hours of agony,” he said. 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Events  Movies  Classi eds Diversions Largo Leader, Section B, May 24, 2018  Visit “Strait of Gibraltar,” by Andrea Lepcio; presented by American Stage Theatre, running May 23 through June 17, at Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary by performance. For information and tickets, call 727-823-7529 or visit In this sexy romance turned thriller, Miriam, a young American woman, and Sameer, a Muslim man from Morocco, meet at a party and fall in love at rst sight. When Sameer tells Miriam he’s undocumented, she offers to help, but is everything as it seems?  Blast Friday featuring The Black Honkeys and Robby Steinhardt & The Music of Kansas; Friday, May 25, 5:30 p.m., in downtown Clearwater on Cleveland Street. The event is free. VIP tickets are available. Call 727-791-7400 or visit Robby Steinhardt, the original violinist, front man and singer from the band Kansas is of cially retired … or is he? Steinhardt has come out of retirement to form his own band called Robby Steinhardt & The Music of Kansas, backed by Stormbringer, his band from the 1980s. Known for their soul, funk and rhythm ‘n’ blues music, The Black Honkeys have won awards in multiple categories for three years running in Creative Loa ng’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Choice Awards. Front man Brother Phil Esposito is supported on vocals by Nicole Simone, with guitarist Greg Czinke, Will Harris on bass, Steven Tanner on drums, John “Dash” Dixon on keyboards, along with the fabulous Ebony & Ivory Horn Section with Scott Myers on trombone and Terry Clark on trumpet.  The Florida Orchestra: Patriotic Salute; Friday, May 25, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa; and Saturday, May 26, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $15. Call 727-892-3331 or visit www. In honor of Memorial Day, the orchestra salutes the American spirit, with music from America’s greatest popular composers, from John Philip Sousa to John Williams. Jeff Tyzik conducts.  The 97X Barbecue Music & Arts Festival, Saturday, May 26, 11 a.m., at Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. The festival will include performances by Dirty Heads, Awolnation, Judah & The Lion, AJR and more. In addition to a full day of music, this year organizers celebrate the arts with art exhibits, live demonstrations, art vendors and more. General admission tickets are available, starting at $29. Visit  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sunday, May 27, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-7917400 or visit Since their formation in the early 1990s, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been reminding the world that it is still cool to swing. The band was at the forefront of the swing revival of the 1990s, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. Taking inspiration from the creators of this uniquely American art form, the band’s original horn-infused music and legendary high energy show introduces the genre to a new and younger generation while respecting the music’s rich legacy. Top ve diversions Photo courtesy of WALT DISNEY PICTURESAlden Ehrenreich, left, stars as Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Opening this weekend Franchise fans return to a galaxy far, far away as ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ hits theaters 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:‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’Genre: Action, science ction and adventure Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Michael K. Williams, Ian Kenny, Warwick Davis, Clint Howard, Paul Bettany and Jon Favreau Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Ron Howard Rated: PG-13 Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’Genre: Drama, comedy and romance Cast: Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas Director: John Cameron Mitchell Rated: R From the raucous dual imaginations of fantasy laureate Neil Gaiman and glam-rock multi-hyphenate John Cameron Mitchell comes the electrifying and singular pop extravaganza lm “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” Enn (Alex Sharp) is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. That doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan (Elle Fanning), a beautiful and rebellious alien teenager who, despite her allegiance to her strange colony, is fascinated by Enn. Together they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens, and test the limits of how far each of them will go for true love. The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these lms appear in local movie theaters. 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2B Just for Fun Leader, May 24, 2018Opening reception set for second annual ‘ArtOut’ exhibitGULFPORT – An opening reception the second annual “ArtOut: LGBTQ Artists in Gulfport,” a group art exhibit, will take place Thursday, May 31, 7 p.m., in the atrium space of the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S., Gulfport. Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvre will be offered. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run May 31 through June 30 and will help celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, featuring the work of 18 visual artists living and/or working in Gulfport. The show will include selected art work by Patsi Aguero, Diane Bains, Jill Barber, Doreen Bryant, Elissa Cardamone, Michael Chapman, Edie Daly, John Deters, Eagle Finegan, Cedar Kindy, Karen Lyndel, Brenda McMahon, Denise Keegan, John Shevlin, Rachel Stevenson, Linda Todd, Deb Wolfe and Barb Zegarek. Media represented in the exhibit will include acrylics, oils, watercolors, glass, ceramics, photography, mixed media and more. “ArtOut” is presented by the LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library. The center was established in 2014 and is the rst of its kind in a public library setting in Florida, providing collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. The center is a project of the nonpro t Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. For information about “ArtOut,” email Susan Gore at snowfrog@gmail. com. The exhibit is one event in a full month of programs sponsored by the center to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month in June. For a full schedule of Pride events, call 727-893-1074 or visit www. Coast Players to stage ‘Gemini’CLEARWATER – West Coast Players will present “Gemini” by Albert Innaurato, running June 1-17 at West Coast Players Theater, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. The production will be directed by Tom Costello. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 a person. Call 727-437-2363 or email boxof In this Obie Award winner, Fran Geminiani’s son, Francis, celebrates his 21st birthday with two socialite friends from college, a boisterous, earthy divorcee and her fat, asthmatic son. The antics of this rambunctious crowd are both hilarious and touching. This show contains strong language and adult themes.Capitol adds Classic Albums Live shows CLEARWATER – The Capitol Theatre recently announced Classic Albums Live will perform Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” Friday, July 20, 8 p.m.; and The Beatles’ “White Album” Sunday, Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre to welcome John WaiteCLEARWATER – Singer-songwriter John Waite will perform Friday, June 1, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $25. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www. Waite got his start as the lead singer of British rockers The Babys. Their hits include “Isn’t It Time?” and “Every Time I Think of You.” After ve albums with The Babys, Waite released “Ignition,” his rst solo album which boasted the hit rock single “Change.” Waite’s next solo effort, 1984’s “No Brakes,” did exactly what the title inferred, barreling at runaway train speed to international acclaim and U.S. platinum success thanks to the smash hit, “Missing You.” The song is considered one of the all-time greatest pop/rock ballads. It topped the international charts and today remains a radio staple around the globe. The following up single, “Tears,” was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. Continuing to evolve as both a songwriter and formidable stage presence, “Mask of Smiles” was released in 1985. The album included the hit melodies “Every Step of the Way” and “If Anybody Had a Heart,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1986 motion picture “About Last Night” starring Demi Moore. In 2014, Waite released “Best,” a greatest hits album that provides a snapshot representing the inspired artistic breadth of this legendary artist’s entire career tallying more than 40 years on the rock and roll highway. The album includes re-recorded versions of signature classics such as “Back on My Feet Again,” “Isn’t It Time” and “Missing You” as well as hard-hitting live renditions of “Head First,” “Saturday Night” and “Change.” “Songs, and songwriting keeps me inspired, moving forward,” Waite states on his Facebook page. “I tend to scribble down notes, lyrics or just random thoughts on pieces of paper, backs of cigarette packs, sometimes on my shirt cuff. Rock and roll is closest thing I’ve got to a spiritual power. It’s been the higher voice in my life and it’s never let me down.” Photo courtesy of CAPITOL THEATREJohn Waite plays Capitol Theatre June 1. A&E newsSee A&E, page 3B 052418-3 052418-1 052418-2 We Transfer Old Home Reels Or Video To DVD TOTAL TAPE SERVICES is Clearwater’s #1 place for Media Transfer! We transfer: Audio Cassette, Reel to Reel & Vinyl to CD. VHS, Hi8, 8mm, European to US Format, 8mm, Super8 & 16mm Film to DVD. CALL US for all your Media Transfer needs! 727-799-3100www.TotalTapeServices.com122817S 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 May 24, 2018 AriesMarch 21 – April 19Aries, swirling emotions may be affecting your peace of mind. This may cause you to obsess and lose control if you let it. 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Entertainment 3B Leader, May 24, 2018“Deadpool 2” – which is actually a better lm than its predecessor – made me think of Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock.” Before condemning me for comparing an R-rated superhero ick with a celebrated work by the 18th-century English poet, think about it. According to college professors who still include it in their curriculum, “The Rape of the Lock” is considered the best mock-heroic poem in English literature. Pope superimposed the high style of the traditional epic upon a real-life conict over something trivial. In doing so, the poet satirizes high society and made caricatures of the antagonists. To be honest, I don’t know if David Leitch, director of “Deadpool 2,” is a fan of Pope. But Leitch, along with the team of writers who worked on the script, certainly understand satire. “Deadpool 2,” like its predecessor, simultaneously lampoons and transcends the superhero genre through the use of meta references, in-jokes and self-deprecation. It’s important to note that all of that snark and vulgarity come from the character of Deadpool. Remove that character and the lm is just another run-ofthe-mill, no-frills superhero movie with no outstanding qualities to set it apart from its contemporaries. To be fair, Deadpool has never been a cookie-cutter superhero. Most of the giants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – characters such as Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow and Hulk – date back to the Silver Age of comic books, debuting in the 1960s. Captain America is the old man in the group, having made his rst appearance in 1941. Deadpool is a baby compared to all of those superheroes. He made his debut in issue 98 of “The New Mutants” in 1991. Before claiming his moniker, he was Wade Wilson, a mercenary and assassin. He earned the nickname “Merc with a Mouth” due to his proclivity for constant sarcasm. He is also known for breaking the fourth wall. In both print and film, he is an antihero cut from the same cloth as Snake Plissken, Max Rockatansky and Eastwood’s Man with No Name. Deadpool is the part Ryan Reynolds was born to play. He doesn’t smooth the character’s rough edges one bit – he makes them even more jagged and disheveled. At the same time, he gives glimpses into the pain behind the pessimism and the sorrow behind the cynicism. It is the writing that makes “Deadpool 2” superior to the previous lm. “Deadpool” never got beyond the basic origin story. Good as it was, it felt un nished. In “Deadpool 2,” Deadpool has to face the consequences of his work as a mercenary before dealing with Cable (Josh Brolin), a cybernetic soldier from the future determined to kill a young mutant named Russell Collins (Julian Dennison). Aiding him at various points in the story are X-Men members Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). Deadpool also enlists the help of some new heroes, with Domino (Zazie Beetz) playing the biggest role. Brolin gives a riveting performance as Cable. Kapicic’s Colossus is the straight man to wisecracking Deadpool, often providing an additional source of humor as a prim and proper goody-two-shoes preoccupied with cleaning up the antihero’s act to make him an upstanding X-Men member. Make no mistake: “Deadpool 2” is purposefully offensive and earns its R rating. The central character is irreverent and obscene. He’s less interested in jailing villains than chopping off their limbs – particularly if it’s shot in slow motion. Viewed from a certain perspective, it probably seems like a gory nihilistic orgy. Taken as superhero absurdism depicted in mock-heroic context, “Deadpool 2” is gleefully subversive and relentlessly funny.Movie reviewWith its rampant snark, vulgarity and gore, ‘Deadpool 2’ is a delightful, action-packed mock-heroic epic Photo courtesy of TWENTIETH CENTURY FOXDeadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) try to defuse a volatile situation in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Deadpool 2.” Photo by JOE LEDERER/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOXZazie Beetz stars as Domino. Reel TimeLee Clark Zumpe Photo courtesy of TWENTIETH CENTURY FOXJosh Brolin stars as Cable, a cybernetic soldier from the future. theater, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Classic Albums Live Series packages, which include a ticket to each of the four Classic Albums Live shows, are available and priced at $99. Reserved single show tickets priced at $50, $45, and $35 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket of ce, 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater; or by calling 727-791-7400. Visit Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” includes hit songs such as “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” “Welcome to the Machine,” “Have a Cigar” and more. The Beatles’ “White Album” includes hit songs like “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Revolution” and “Blackbird.” Tickets for previously announced Classic Albums Live shows are still available. Shows include Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy” on Thursday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m.; and “The Eagles Greatest Hits” on Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m.American Stage to present ‘Strait of Gibraltar’ST. PETERSBURG – American Stage will present “Strait of Gibraltar,” the rst play discovered through the 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival. The production will run May 23 through June 17 at American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Performances will be Wednesday, 7 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets start at $39. Call 727-823-7529 or visit “Strait of Gibraltar,” by Andrea Lepcio, will be directed by Jim Sorensen. The play was selected among more than 300 national submissions of new plays. In this sexy romance turned thriller, Miriam, a young American woman, and Sameer, a Muslim man from Morocco, meet at a party and fall in love at rst sight. When Sameer tells Miriam he’s undocumented, she offers to help, but is everything as it seems? A smart, riveting play that looks at love, truth, prejudice, and civil rights in the age of the Patriot Act.Palm Harbor Community Chorus to performPALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus will present “Hooray for Hollywood,” a choral tribute to Hollywood, on Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Public Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Under the direction of Anita Bona, the chorus will present classic songs from the movies, including Disney favorites and Oscar winners. All are welcome. Admission is free. A love offering will be accepted. For information, call 727-518-9837, or email, fall art classes set for DFACDUNEDIN – Registration is now open for both summer and fall sessions of art classes at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Imagine a blank sheet of paper, a ball of clay and a world of possibilities. Those possibilities dwell within each person. The Dunedin Fine Art Center just wants to help students realize them. There are no grades in these classes, and no failure either. Students earn the reward of freeing their creativity. While DFAC offers top-notch instruction in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, and pottery, students also nd exciting offerings in digital imaging, fashion design, jewelry, metal-working, stone-carving and wood-turning to name a few. The Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Gladys Douglas School of the Arts is currently registering for the upcoming session of classes for children, teens and adults, with discounted tuition rates for DFAC members. Scholarships are also available. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available as well as one-day to week-long workshops in a variety of media. The Summer I session runs June 4 through July 15. The Workshop Week will be July 16-22. The Summer II session will run July 23 through Sept. 2. The Workshop Week will be Sept. 4-9. The Fall I session runs Sept. 10 through Oct. 21. The Workshop Week will be Oct. 22-29. The Fall II session runs Oct. 29 through Dec. 16. For information or to register, call 727-298-3322 or visit A&E, from page 2B ‘Future World’Genre: Thriller, action and science ction Cast: James Franco, Suki Waterhouse, Jeffrey Wahlberg, Margarita Levieva, Snoop Dogg, George Lewis Jr., Method Man, Lucy Liu and Milla Jovovich Directors: James Franco and Bruce Thierry Cheung Rated: R Inside a desert oasis, a queen (Lucy Liu) lays dying as her son Prince (Jeffrey Wahlberg) travels across barren wastelands to find a near-mythical medicine to save her life. After evading violent raiders on motorbikes led by the Warlord (James Franco) and his enforcer (Cliff “Method Man” Smith), Prince meets Ash (Suki Waterhouse), the Warlord’s robot sex companion-assassin who’s in search of her own soul. As Prince is captured by the Druglord (Milla Jovovich), the Warlord’s forces roar in – and Prince ghts to save the remnants of humanity.‘Mary Shelley’Genre: Drama, romance and biography Cast: Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Bel Powley, Douglas Booth, Joanne Froggatt and Stephen Dillane Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour Rated: PG-13 “Mary Shelley” tells the story of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) – author of “Frankenstein,” one of the world’s most famous Gothic novels – and her ery, tempestuous relationship with renowned romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth.) The pair are two outsiders constrained by polite society but bound together by a natural chemistry and progressive ideas that are beyond the boundaries of their age and time. 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Leader, May 24, 2018 052418-1 RAFAL WAZIO   RAFAL WAZIO PROPERTY GROUP, LLC Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 468 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach, FL 33767*Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is ranked number one in closed residential buyer and/or seller transaction sides in Mi ami/Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa/ St. Petersburg and Pensacola/Panhandle, and number one in residential sales volume (calculated by multiplying number of buyer a nd/or seller transaction sides by the sales price) in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa/St. Petersburg, according to data submitted to REAL Trends by N RT LLC, 2017. One unit equals one side of a transaction (buyer or seller). Real estate agents af liated with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted an d you should not rely upon it without personal veri cation. 2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate fully suppo rts the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banke r Logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. FL-10/17 7Belleview Island, Belleair406 Saint Andrews Drive ~ Sold for $4,350,000 Encompassing 9,400 Sq. Ft. + with 6 Bedrooms, 8 Baths appointed in timeless nishes, situated on 2 lots. Charming Crystal Beach944 Point Seaside Drive ~ Sold for $1,475,000 Open St. Joseph’s Sound views, a private seaside beach & engaging views over the association pier truly lends to a bygone Florida aesthetic. The Self-Contained Island Estates305 Windward Island ~ Sold for $1,178,000 Center stage with direct Clearwater Harbor vistas from this 4 Bedroom Island Estates home. Mandalay Beach Club – N. Clearwater Beach11 San Marco St. #1008 ~ Sold for $730,000 Protected cross views of Gulf & Harbor from this high oor “Colonna” with 1,840 Sq. Ft. The Meridian on Sand Key1200 Gulf Blvd. #1203 ~ Was Listed for $1,299,000 Surreal full Gulf of Mexico & Clearwater Harbor views from this rare and rarely listed 3+ Bedroom “C” oor plan within the meticulous Meridian. SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD PENDING


Leader, May 24, 2018 052418-2 RAFAL WAZIO   RAFAL WAZIO PROPERTY GROUP, LLC Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 468 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach, FL 33767*Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is ranked number one in closed residential buyer and/or seller transaction sides in Mi ami/Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa/ St. Petersburg and Pensacola/Panhandle, and number one in residential sales volume (calculated by multiplying number of buyer a nd/or seller transaction sides by the sales price) in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa/St. Petersburg, according to data submitted to REAL Trends by N RT LLC, 2017. One unit equals one side of a transaction (buyer or seller). Real estate agents af liated with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted an d you should not rely upon it without personal veri cation. 2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate fully suppo rts the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banke r Logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. FL-10/17 7Barefoot Beach – Indian Shores19417 Gulf Blvd. #D-113 ~ Sold for $280,000 This nightly rental feature condo helps pay for itself. 1200 Gulf Blvd. #906 ~ Sold for $700,000 An ef cient 2 Bedroom & 2 Bath “F” oor plan with 4 balconies. Meridian on N. Sand Key Beach SOLD Mandalay Beach Club11 San Marco St. #507 ~ Sold for $765,000 5th oor protected Southwest by Southeast vistas w/nurturing winter sun exposures. SOLD Lighthouse Towers – N. Sand Key Beach1290 Gulf Blvd. #608 ~ Sold for $660,000 Magni cent Gulf, Shoreline & Sunset vistas from this larger condo home. SOLD SOLD Grande on N. Sand Key1180 Gulf Blvd. #1805 ~ Sold for $841,500 Exceptional high oor water views from this 2 Bedroom with den “Vizcaya” oor plan at the Somerset Grande. SOLD Sandpearl Residences11 Baymont St. #902 ~ Sold for $2,695,000 The stunning “A” with 3 full Bedrooms. SOLD