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No. 2372 July 31 August 6, 2014 So This Goat Walks Into a BarBy Cathy Salustri After goat-nappers apparently abandoned their efforts Friday night, Gordan (goat) found his way to a popular St. Pete Beach watering hole. Eric Finkler (human) says he and Gordan spend most of their time together. I love him so much, Finkler says, and hes with me all the time. Right now, Gulfport code prohibits livestock See Gordan the Goat, page 43 Gulfport Boulevard Sign DramaSome businesses have asked council to relax the sign codes; not every business agrees.By Cathy Salustri In 1991, Gulfport passed a set of laws about business signs. It was, according to Community Development Director Fred Metcalf, similar to other sign ordinances in the county. The countys mayors created a set of rules that each city adopted; the intent, Metcalf says, was to establish a uniform set of rules and why Pinellas County sign laws should look the same from town to town. Over the years, cities have tweaked the rules as issues arose Gulfports exceptions for sandwich board (or a-frame style) advertising is one example. See Signs, page 27 While this business owner says streamers and ags help keep his business solvent this one says such advertising poses a trafc hazard.Gulfport Night Out Residents are invited to learn more about crime prevention and to meet the Gulfport Police Department and other city departments at the Gulfports Night Out event Thursday, August 7, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S. at the surrounding parking lot located on 26th Ave. S. Attendees will get to meet and learn about the GPD and crime prevention, but also the Gulfport Fire Department, and other city staff will showcase information on other departments within the city. View Gulfports prime patrol vehicles as well as the marine unit. Pinellas County Sheriffs Department will display the forensic mobile unit for participants to learn more about the process. Enjoy free kid friendly activities with popcorn, sand art necklaces, a high striker for kids, mini hoop shot basketball and a few more additional games with prizes. View the Jaws of Life and house burning demo along with the K9 unit. See Night Out, page 2


2 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Night Out, from front pageKids and adults can bring their bikes in for registration. You may win a new lock from the Gulfport Bicycle Shop. A representative from the newly formed monthly crime watch meetings will be there to answer questions on how citizens can get involved. The monthly meetings are 7 p.m. at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S. Sergeant Thomas Woodman states, Gulfport police will be in attendance to show our support with our community partnerships and businesses as well as our citizens. We hope to see a large appearance from our community. Please stop by and meet your local law enforcement. For your safety, 25th Ave. S. and 26th Ave. S. will be closed between Beach Blvd. northbound and southbound. Parking is available at the Gulfport Senior Center (5501 27th Ave. S.), Beach Boulevard traveling south on the west side and Beach Boulevard traveling north on the east side. Additional parking is available at the Gulfport Library (5501 27th Ave. S.) after 7 p.m. The Gulfport Night Out event is organized by the Gulfport Police Department and the city of Gulfport. For more information on this event, contact 727-893-1111. Taking a Look at Alzheimers HBOs The Alzheimers Project takes a look at the faces behind the disease and the forces leading us to reveals groundbreaking Alzheimers discoveries and the effects this debilitating and fatal disease has on those with Alzheimers and their families. The next video of this series, Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? will be presented at the Gulfport Senior Center on Friday, Maria Shriver, captures what it means to a child of someone living with Alzheimers. Please join us in the effort to expose the Alzheimers crisis facing our nation. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, call the Event Line at 727-893-5657.


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 3 Gulfport Getaways: Museum of History No need to be a GEMS member to enjoy this exciting Gulfport getaway. August 7 at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Enjoy the story of St. Petes founding, get up close to aviation history, explore the worlds largest collection of autographed baseballs, and discover the dramatic collection of the American soldier from the Civil War to the streets of Baghdad. Call GEMS at 727-893-2242 for more information and to reserve your seat by August 1. GEMS members cost $14, non-GEMS members cost $16. Price includes roundtrip transportation, parking, tour and a box lunch. Art Walk Previews Street Performers Visitors will get a sneak peek at some of this years Extreme Entertainments GeckoFest street performers who will be interacting with guests during the Gulfport Art Walk on Friday, August 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. Live musicians appear at several venues throughout the Gulfport Waterfront Arts District, along with talented artisans, craftsmen and emerging artists whose gifts range from sculpture and paint mediums to jewelry, photography, upcycled items, clothing and accessories, body products and more. Visitors can view the stars through St. Pete Astronomy Clubs state of the art telescopes, weather browsing the art and craft booths, dont miss Gulfports unique shops, boutiques and galleries and enjoy restaurants within the area, now one of the foremost dining destinations in Tampa Bay. Convenient complimentary parking is close by and courtesy trolley rides are available from off-site parking areas. There is no admission fee and the event is pet and family friendly. Follow Gulfport Art Walk on Facebook facebook. com/GulfportArtWalk and/or visit and Garden Help Desk Aspiring and master gardeners alike can come and get solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn and landscape care on August 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 727453-6500 or weedonislandpreserve. org.


4 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Teen Council School Supply DriveBy Elizabeth Brown-Worthington The Gulfport Teen Council needs your help! We are conducting a school supply drive to collect much needed supplies for students and their families who just cant afford them. We are requesting items such as new or gently used folders, binders, notebooks, pencil bags, rulers, calculators and compasses. We are also asking for new or unopened packages of pencils, markers, crayons, pens (blue, red or black ink), college and/or wide-ruled lined paper, graph paper, glue sticks, sticky notes, highlighters, erasers and dryerase markers. The donations will be distributed to Gulfport Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School, Hamilton Disston School and Boca Ciega High School. We have four drop-off locations including the Gulfport Recreation Center (5730 Shore Blvd. S.), Gulfport City Hall (2401 53rd St. S.), the Gulfport Library (5501 28th Ave. S) S.), donations will be collected until August 14. Any and all donations will be gratefully accepted and given to a child in need. We greatly appreciate your support! Enjoy a Musical Interlude On Sunday, August 17 Florida native, Clarice Warrick will perform an eclectic mix of opera, art song, musical theater and jazz at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S. Clarice began her musical career in Florida and received her Bachelors Degree in Voice Performance for the University of Central Florida in 2011. She earned her Masters Degree in 2013 from The Chicago College of performing Arts, where she performed in Mozarts Die Meet Clarice with reception to follow with cash bar. Admission is $20 per person and available at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. 3115 Beach Blvd. S. in Gulfport.


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 5 Back to School Care Fair The Junior League of St. Petersburg (JLSP) is holding its Back to School Care Fair on August 2 at Enoch Davis Recreation Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. The annual back to school program initiative, a signature project for JLSP, is in its 18th year. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade who are registered to attend Pinellas County schools in the upcoming year are eligible to receive free medical exams including physicals, immunizations, vision screenings and dental exams. Each participating child is given a backpack stuffed with school supplies. Over 25 agencies that serve the people of Pinellas County will also be on hand to provide information on services to residents. are able to receive free medical exams provided by All Childrens Hospital. Other medical services include immunizations, vision exams and diabetes screenings provided by the St. Pete Lions Club, and dental exams by the Pinellas County Dental Hygiene Association. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and closes at 11 a.m. for families wishing to partake in this portion of the event. Back to School Care Fair includes on-site school registration provided by Pinellas County Schools, as well as bicycle safety training between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Children who participate in the bicycle safety training will receive a free helmet while supplies last. Also, join the Junior League of St. Petersburgs Kids Create committee for arts and crafts, and receive a free book from Give-a-Book. Additional activities will be provided by the Tampa Bay Rays Street Team, Great Explorations Childrens Museum, the WiLD 94.1 Street Team, American Red Cross, and The St. Petersburg Fire Department. The community sponsors that work in conjunction with the Junior League of St. Petersburg to make this event possible are All Childrens Hospital, Tampa Bay Rays, CBS Radio, Great Explorations Childrens Museum, St. Pete Lions Club, Pinellas County Dental Hygiene Association, Tampa Bay Times, City of St. Petersburg, Pinellas County Schools, Sunstar Paramedics, Amerigroup Real Solutions in Health Care, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), KIND, Raymond James, Achieva, Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation, and Comegys Insurance Agency. For more information contact the Junior League of St. Petersburg at 727-895-5018.Seniors Chat Room Join others as they experience table topics with the Gulfport Senior Centers Chat Room every Friday at 1:30 p.m. The Center is located at 5501 27th Ave. S. in Gulfport.


6 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Featured Artist at the Theater Meet the Artist, Gary Mellenbruch. at his reception on Friday, August 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Catherine Hickman Theater Lobby at 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport. Mellenbruch attended Kansas University studying Industrial Design and apprenticed with Worthington and Associates between his junior and senior year in Kansas City, Kansas, working as an architectural illustrator. He opened Mellenbruch Studio at the age of 24. Mullenbruch remarked, I have been a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and at one time had my own art gallery in Kansas City. He has three children who are all artists in different parts of the country. He moved to Tierra Verde in 1998 where he works and plays. The artist, Gary Mellenbruch will be available during the reception to meet, greet and discuss. For more information, contact 727-893-1118. Tips to Lower Your Electric Bill Energy costs can be a burden on homeowners and renters as they try to afford housing. Finding ways to cut those monthly expenses is the topic of the Thursday, August 7 edition of No Place Like Home, the radio show sponsored by the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. The featured guest is Joe Triolo, an with Duke Energy. He provides tips on reducing energy costs and how customers can take part in energy saving rebate programs. Triolo also serves on the Pinellas County Housing Authority Board, and in that capacity, he provides an update on the authoritys latest affordable housing projects. The radio program, which features different issues each month, airs the 10:05 to 10:35 a.m. on WRXB 1590 AM. The show can also be watched on PCC-TV (Bright House 622, WOW 18 and Verizon 44), YouTube, or viewed online at pinellascounty. org/community/hfa/Media.htm.Summer Luau at Womans Club The GFWC St. Petersburg Womans Club at 40 Snell Isle Blvd. N.E. will be having a summer luau on Friday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. Open to members and guests. Cost is $25 per person which includes a catered tropical dinner with pineapple upside down cake, live entertainment (hula dance group) and Hawaiian music. BYOB, virgin mai tais and margaritas available. Reserve by August 3 by calling Joan Jaicks at 727-896-5097 or email Proceeds will Restoration Fund.


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Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 9 Garden Club of St. Petersburg Events Creative Crafts of the Garden Club of St. Petersburg will present the following activities at 10 a.m. at the Garden Center, 500 Sunset Dr. S., St. Petersburg. The cost of materials for member is $3.50 and nonmembers $4 and you take home what you craft. The public is invited. Call 727-381-8920 or visit Tuesday, August 12: What is an Ariod? Discover the occasionally beautiful and often bizarre combination. Presented by the Night Bloomers Circle of the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 6:30 p.m. Find the Music in You Have you always wanted to make music? Donna Dobbs, an experienced music educator, composer and musician, has developed a way for out and play it. The idea is to mix musicians and non-musicians, a room full of instruments and a great facilitator to play the songs America loves. Find the Music in You provides a way to discover a part of yourself that may have been hidden for a lifetime, have fun, learn more about your special abilities and create something that will give you lasting pleasure. No experience or talent required. The $10 workshop will be held at City of Imagination, 3009 54th St. S. on Thursday, August 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Call 727-480-0865 or register online at Learn to Be Suddenly in Command What do you do if you are suddenly in charge of a boat? What do you do in an emergency? Learn how to be Suddenly in Command at Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. on Saturday, August 2 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Instruction is free but class size is limited. Call 419-260-3592 for reservations. Presented by USCG Auxiliary Gulfport Flotilla 7-16. Teen Anime Club is Back Back by popular demand theyll be screening anime movies at the Gulfport Library the second Friday of every month. Come in Friday, August some snacks. This event is open to 12 to 18 year olds. Call Cailey at 727893-1133 for more information.


10 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Letters The Tale of Two Cities Dear Editor: On Thursday, June 29, 2014 the Gabber published an article called "City Staff Opposes Draconian Code Enforcement." The title says it all. The city of Gulfport opposes the Madeira Beach ordinance 2012-09. This ordinance addresses long-term abandoned or derelict houses. The city staff of Gulfport has indicated on several occasions that they do not need any new ordinances. The city manager indicated that the existing ordinances that the city has on hand, can take care of any derelict houses. When pressed for when the city of Gulfport Letters to the Editor Please keep letters to the editor as brief and to the point as possible. Letters must be typed in upper and lower case on plain white paper or emailed to One letter per author every four weeks. All letters are printed and edited for length and content at the discretion of the editors. The Gabber encourages and welcomes all letters. The views and opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the views of the publishers, staff or advertisers. last exercised those ordinances the city manager indicated that "this has never happened, in part because the city doesn't enforce all it can in terms of codes." My question is: Why not? Why do we have codes that are enforced or not enforced at the whim of the city manager? What other codes are out there that the city manager chooses not to enforce? We have a right to know. On Friday, June 13, 2014 the Tampa Bay Times ran an article by Krise-a-Meter. He pointed out that when the new city of St. Petersburg had 830 vacant homes, including a backlog of about 150-condemned houses the city needed to demolish. Mayor Kriseman hired Mike Dove and placed him in charge of housing, social services and code compliance. Since then the vacant house numbers have been reduced to 781 and 28 derelict units were torn down through the city's condemnation and demolition program. The previous Mayor, Bill Foster, was also concerned with the derelict house problem. He was responsible for the removal of 25 derelict houses. Mayor Kriseman ran his campaign on the promise to rid the city of St. Petersburg of derelict houses. Since I introduced the Madeira Beach ordinance #2012-09 several years ago to the city of Gulfport, the city of St. Petersburg has removed 53 dangerous houses. The city of Gulfport has removed ZERO. Wait a minute, the city did remove the debris left behind after the derelict house on Clinton Street was set ablaze and caused a massive amount of damage. The city of Gulfport looks at the derelict houses as a "perceived" problem. The city of St. Petersburg administration takes action because they know what these problems lead up to. These problems, if not caught early, lead to public danger and city decay. "Detroit anyone?Larry Burke


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 11 Take a Safe Boating Class There will be an About Boating Safety (ABS) class on Saturday, August 9 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (approx.) at the USCG Auxiliary Training Center Building, 3120 Miriam Street S. in Gulfport (use the rear entrance). Cost is $40 per student and includes all books and materials. Upon completion of the course the student will receive and a bobber card from the state of Florida. For reservations or questions call 727-399-7986. Come Out for Ballroom Fusion Night This Sunday, August 3 is Ballroom Fusion Night at the Gulfport Casino. Dress to impress as Mineh Photography will be in the house to capture promotional shots for future Ballroom Fusion Nights. The nights lessons and performances feature special guest instructors/dancers from Magic Dance Club. Beginning lessons are at 6 p.m. with the Foxtrot and the Quickstep starts at 7 p.m. The Ballroom Mix The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is one of the worlds top dance destinations, offering social dance excitement in a picturesque beachfront setting. It features a rich bar, a smoke-free atmosphere, and free parking. All ages are welcome and no partners are needed. The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is located at 5500 Shore Blvd. S. in Gulfport. Admission is only $7 at the door. For more information, contact 813840-3715. Blood Pressure Clinic Whats your blood pressure? Do you have high blood pressure? Low blood pressure? Are you at risk? Center Blood Pressure Clinic on the last Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. provided by Pinellas Point Nursing & Rehab Center. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, call the Event Line at 727-893-5657.


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Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 13 Free Movie Day Dont forget Tuesday, August 12 at 11 a.m. is free movie day at the Senior Center Snack Bar, 5501 27th Ave. S. Come watch a great current movie and grab lunch from the Snack Bar for only $3. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, please call the Event Line at 727-893-5657. Chamber Seeks Donations for School Gulfport Area Chamber of Source have kicked off their second campaign for A Gift for Learning to provide school supplies to local children. Last year they collected over $2000 from the community and with the wholesale buying power of able to provide over $5000 worth of school supplies to area schools who are in desperate need of assistance. If you would like to help, checks can be made out to the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce and dropped Blvd. Other drop off locations are The Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. or The Cell Phone Solution, 5014 Gulfport Blvd. New school supplies are also being accepted at this location. If you have any questions or would like to help us help the children in the area, please call Christine Gallagher or Tony Spinney at 727331-1934.Integrative Medicine 101 You dont want to miss education and tips on alternative medicine modalities to compliment traditional/ western medicine. Curious about alternative medicine such as naturopathy, massage, homeopathy hypnotherapy, and acupuncture? Wondering about supplements and herbs vs. prescription medications? Bring your questions to the Gulfport Senior Center on Monday, August 11 at 2:30 p.m. Heidi Crocket with Aging Care Advocates will be here to answer all your questions. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, please call the Event Line at 727-893-5657.


14 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 eyes and almost three months old. Will you take me to your home and love me forever? I have been raised in a foster home with my siblings so really like to play, love attention and am very socialable. Two of my brothers, Jasper and Joey, are looking for homes, too. To meet Jason, call a Save Our Strays volunteer at 727-545-1116. Additional felines may be seen on SOS website Save Our Strays Gecko Pub Crawl Kicks Off Gecko Season The seventh annual Gecko Pub that herald the opening of Gecko Season in Gulfport. The Pub Crawl will be held Saturday, August 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. For $20 pub crawlers will be able to enjoy a beverage at six Gulfport locations. Participating businesses are Beach Haus, Little Tommies Tiki, Mangia Gourmet, Neptune Grille, OMaddys, and Saltys of Gulfport, all located within easy walking distance in the Gulfport Waterfront Arts District. Crawlers may start at any participating location and continue their crawl in any order. An after-party will be held at Saltys from 9 to 10 p.m. and will feature awards, drawings and live stud will again add to the evenings festivities. Crawlers will be dealt a free card from a crawl ambassador at each location when they pick up their drink token. Up to three extra cards may also be purchased for $5 each at Saltys during check-in. The grand prize for best poker hand will be a two-night stay at the Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach. during the after-party with various prizes including the chance to win a pair of coveted tickets to this years Roaring Geckos Gecko Ball! awards must be present to win. Tickets are available in advance from the Gulfport Beach Bazaars box S., Gulfport and at all participating businesses during the crawl. For more information, contact Biff Additional information on any of Gulfports Gecko related festivities may be found at geckofest. com and The Gecko Ball on August 23 and the GeckoFest street festival on August 30 round out the growing slate of Gecko fun for the season, celebrating Gulfports favorite reptile! A portion of proceeds from all events will be donated to one or more local charitable organizations to be determined.Addiction Counseling Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call 800-431-1754 today.


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Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 17 Free Monthly Memory Screening Clinic Are you concerned about your memory? The Alzheimers Association offers a great and valuable resource to the Gulfport Senior Center members. On Monday, August 11, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Alzheimers Association will be conducting free as well as advice and information. You must call 727-893-5657 to schedule your screening. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, please call the Event Line at 727-893-5657. Bay Pines Toastmasters Host Open House Bay Pines Toastmasters Club invites residents and other Toastmasters clubs to its open house to meet members and hear special guest speaker Sheryl Nicholson challenge you to identify Whats Your Why? In this interactive presentation, Sheryl will share the tools to help you make better decisions, manage your time better, and be more successful. After Sheryl Nicholsons presentation, members and guests will enjoy a regular Toastmasters meeting that will include Table Topics (impromptu speeches) by club members. Refreshments will be served. Bay Pines Toastmasters Open House will be held on August 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Building 20 Auditorium, C.W. Bill Young VA Hospital, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd. in St. Petersburg. Contact Philip Sullivan at, or visit BayPinesToastmasterClub602900. Toddler Storytime Join them at Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to read stories, sing songs, blow bubbles and meet other caregivers in the community! Call Cailey at 727-893-1133 for more information.


18 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 This Weeks Solution Church Offers Backto-School Help St. Petersburg Community Church invites you to a fun backto-school event, The Ultimate Survival on August 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. At this event, children will receive free school supplies and learn to survive challenges theyll face at school and in life. Theyll also enjoy fun, interactive games. Dinner will be provided. Epilepsy Foundation will also be on site providing bicycle helmets. The event is free for the Disston Heights community. The church is located at 4501 30th Ave. N. in St. Petersburg. Call 727-525-0012 or visit for Caregivers Often times we think we are ashamed that we cant do it all on our own. The truth is as a caregiver we get out of the habit of taking care of ourselves. Join Linda Burhans as she shares valuable tips for caregivers that encourage self-care and a joyful response to your role as a family caregiver on Wednesday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, call the Event Line at 727-893-5657.


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 19 Tony and Rosemary Kenyon, Siesta Key: We go to a dance class and some friends there told us. Alan Blair and Cynthia Olcott, Ellenton: We've been coming for years. We eat every night at the most fabulous restaurant in the world: The Peninsula. Margie Parks, Largo: I've been to the Casino, but this particular dance? Through Charles. Charles Stoehr, Largo: [Ive] been dancing here for 30 years. I came down here on vacation from Dayton, Ohio. I came down to the St. Pete area because I found I could dance seven nights a week. The Gabs How did you learn about dances at the Casino?


20 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Reduced Fees at Animal Services Pinellas County Animal Services celebrates the month of August by offering a reduced adoption fee of $25 for large dogs and cats and $40 for puppies and small breeds during normal shelter adoption hours. The low-cost adoption fee includes medical check-up, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control, heartworm testing and feline leukemia testing and microchipping. As part of the celebration, $5 rabies vaccinations with the purchase of a required license will be available for pets during vaccine clinic hours. Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and services include adoptions. Rabies vaccinations are administered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The facility is closed all Pinellas County holidays. American Legion Post 125 News Back to school is almost here and their annual school drive needs your help. Please stop by the Legion and items needed this year. Steak-ums continues to be a great venture for the auxiliary every Sunday between 1 to 3 p.m. Come out and have some fun and order a burger or hot dog at the same time. The Annual Auxiliary Penny Auction will be held October 14. Anyone who has some time to for more information. Donate those gently used items hanging around your home, no clothes please. Call and your donations can be picked up and stored. September 20 starting at 8:30 will be a fundraiser and poker run with proceeds going to Cancer Awareness and COTA (Childrens Organ Transplant Assn.). Tony Amendola, Post #125 Legion member, travelled this past week to Cooperstown as an honored guest of Joe Torre, who was Hall of Fame. Tony used to make handmade baseball bats for Rawlings. He is personal friends with Joe Torre and his brother Frank Torre. The Post is located at 6440 5th Ave. S. in St. Petersburg. Call 727347-6085.


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 21 Religious Services, Classes & Events Call 727-321-6965 for more information on placing your ad in this special sectionPlaces of Worship Who are the Bahais? What do they believe? Bahai teachings emphasize that all of us, as creations of one God, are part of one human family. Come to the Bahai Center of St. Petersburg, located at 676 2nd Avenue S, St. Petersburg to learn more. Devotions take place every Sunday 10:30AM until 11:30AM. Study circles are oered Tuesday nights7:30-9:30PM. Call the Bahai Center @ 727-894-5791 for more information.


22 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Epiphany Cellars, Revelation On the nose, Revelation delivers a blend of aromatics of blackberry, bay leaf, star anise and white pepper. On the palate, youll discover a plush texture that delivers lengthy nuances of blackberry liqueur, black pepper, dark chocolate and baking spices, all highlighted in an awesome structure. A truly pleasurable wine, Revelation can be enjoyed with food, but is also very satisfying on its own. Wine Talkwith Lee Neal, a fine wine merchant for over 30 years. Thrift Shop News Sophies Attic Thrift Shop is continuing their $1 clothing sale this week. Next week they will have all new to you clothing items. They are still continuing to sort out their most recent donations so you can come in and look for your newest treasures. Remember where they are? Youll Ave. They are a mission outreach of First United Methodist Church and are open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 until noon. School Year Child Care Program Registrations for the 2014-2015 School Year Child Care Program have begun for children who will be entering kindergarten through age 14. Bus transportation is available from Pasadena Fundamental, Bear Creek, Gulfport Montessori and Douglas Jamerson Elementary schools. Program hours are until 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. Annual registration fee is $17 for residents and $22 for nonresidents. Monthly fees are $146 for residents and $292 for nonresidents. Hours of registration are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Packets will be available at the Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. and online at recreation/rec/rec-programs/schoolyear-child-care/. Please call 727893-1068 for more information.


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24 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 By Cathy Salustri City of Gulfport Q: How much money does the owner of Lincoln Cemetery owe the city of Gulfport for cutting the grass? A: Gulfport records show recorded liens totaling $13,543.76 against the owner of the Lincoln Cemetery, Mr. Sarlie McKinnon. McKinnon lives in Atlanta, according to city staff. Email your r equest to News@theGabber .com Ha ve you got a question f or your city gove rnment? Beginners Italian Class If you are interested in reconnecting with your Italian heritage or you have always wanted to speak Italian then this is the class for you. This four-week class will be held each Thursday in August from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. John at 727-893-1079. Coffee Club Dont miss out on the Coffee Club that meets at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. on the 10 a.m. Discussing current events, the economy and investing, in a relaxed, informal setting, is a great way to get to know one another as you learn Scott OBerry. Coffee and doughnuts are provided. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, call the Event Line at 727-893-5657.


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 25 Bad News Brings Wicked Stress. 4 Ways to Let It Go What do you do when you wake up and overwhelms you with sadness and despair? Id woken up to the sweet, intoxicating call of a loon on a remote lake in the North Woods of Wisconsin. Now I was plunged into war and death and destruction. Flashing images of body parts in Ukraine, Israeli and Hamas soldiers killing each other, bleeding children on stretchers. There are an astonishing number of hot spots in the world! Then he started naming them. I could have switched channels. But how could I? The narrative was so compelling; the footage so numbing. My summer morning turned cold and dark. I could feel my stress level curdling my bowl of organic full-fat yogurt. A Malaysian commercial jet is shot down at 33,000 feet over the Ukraine, and the remains of 298 innocent people are scattered over a farmers Tens of thousands of children at our Texas border, disoriented and displaced, without their parents, are asking for our compassion and help. all over the planet -in Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Africa -while most people in the world are praying to live peaceful lives. We live in a very complicated and extremely dangerous world! exclaimed one of the pundits on Meet the Press. (Or should we call it Meet the Depressed?) The public has lost trust. Trust me, its the tip of the tamale. Im taking big jumps here, but please follow along: Bad news causes stress, and stress causes sickness. As someone on the path to a healthier, happier lifestyle, you need a strategy to deal with it. Its not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it said Hans Selye, an esteemed stress researcher. So continue to be an engaged, caring human being, but know there are healthy ways to help release stress before it can do serious damage to your body: 1. MOVE YOUR BODY. Im not going to say the E-word, because I dont want to scare you. But you know what I mean. To ease your stress, to get rid of that feeling of tension, boredom, fatigue (stress is expressed all sorts of ways), do activities that move your body in rhythmical, sustainable ways. Walking works. So does cycling, salsa dancing and swimming. Physical motion helps us deal with our emotions. Its a proven fact. Making it a daily active lifestyle habit is another matter, but one on. 2. GO TO YOUR PLACE. Find a place that is your Quiet Zone. No technology allowed. It could be a small room, a chair, a cushion under a favorite tree. Its not the Where, its the What. What happens in that place is whatever relaxation and breathing technique you use to rebalance and reboot. Meditation is one calming path to your center, and so is qi gong, yoga, mindfulness training, prayer. The sky is the limit, as long as you go beyond your apparent limits in that quiet place and focus on the stillness that connects you to your highest, kindest, least hysterical self. 3. THROW YOURSELF INTO SOMETHING ENTIRELY NEW. The mind attaches to the negative. If you dont give it something new and fun and intriguing to deal with, it will gravitate back to the bad news, the anger, the fear. So do something unplanned and spontaneous, something that youve never done before. Clean your garage. Learn to wall climb. Jump on a city bus with your bike and ride 20 miles back home. Turn off your cellphone for an hour ... then try for two. 4. HELP OTHERS. This is a miracle cure for those unavoidable feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. When youre feeling overwhelmed by all the tragedy in the out. Dont just think about visiting a sick friend, or helping at a food pantry, or volunteering at your local school. Do it. And be grateful that you can.


26 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 By Holiday Mathis The Leo sun mixes and mingles this week creating moments of entertainment wherever she goes. On Wednesday, she angles the Sagittarius moon, and on Friday she focuses her exciting energy on Mercury, pulling more people into the act. Keep in mind that the Leo sun is an expert dramatist who reserves the right to exaggerate for effect, or distil matters to a more concentrated form to make them more expressive. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Building on a small success is the way to success in general. The formula is simple: Do it until its done. Then do it again and repeat. Tenacity is magic (though, really hard magic that seems more like actual work.) Unlike some of your entitled friends, youll have the satisfaction that can only come from doing it yourself. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Map out your dreams with the help of a Scorpio. The Scorpio in your life looks deeper into the situation than you would like to. Theres a certain amount of dirty work to be done and if the Scorpio wont do it for you, he or she will at least tell you the best go-to solution and give you the encouragement needed to man up! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The niceties of life are what will make this week a fun and memorable experience for you -but if, and only if, you take note. When one considers the entire existence of human kind and then consider what a luxury pretty-smelling hand cream is, well, thats a good start. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The English proverb suggests that you shouldnt fall before youre pushed. But the proverb doesnt take into consideration your personal desire so intensely now that youre a selfpropelled entity. Youre just the one that might push yourself and use SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). No one else can determine your worth. Others may try to put a price tag on what youre producing, but that has nothing to do with who you are as a person. Its just what the extension youve been working on is valued at in the current market. A healthy view comes when you separate yourself from what you do. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Accurate observation or cynicism? Thats one for the highly discerning. Most of your friends will call it on an emotional level and be inaccurate. Many cant handle the truth. Assess the situation as fairly as you can. Ultimately, your view will be helpful, pro-active and vigilant. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). All important people have certain subordinates to whom they listen carefully. You cant have a measure of control over the lower ranks if you dont know what is going on there. This week your growth and promotion depends upon learning about everyones experience and understanding the bigger picture. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Asking things to last is futile. Relationships, status, situations, material things -they all evolve. Theyll last as they were built to last. And while asking them to last, youd be missing out on enjoying them while you have them. The best way to make something last is to tend to it while its in your grasp. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Youll be in a generous mood all week and will branch out in terms of what youll offer your people. There are many ways to deliver service. Some do it fancy, others with tender loving care. Some are friendly or speedy or just plain good. Youll be conscious of your style and whether or not its what you want to project. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Youll keep your mischievous spirit alive by doing what entertains you. Theyll join in the fun when you hit a certain pitch, and theyll succumb to your dizzy charm soon enough. But forget about them. As soon as youre caught working for their response, the spell will be broken. Do it for you. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Youll feel caught between two equally powerful forces, and youll vacillate closer to one and then the other in a kind of dangerous dance. At the end of the week, whichever side you two very different paths, each leading to a different you, but there is merit to both sides. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Time travel will be a theme. Memories spring alive for long stretches, coloring half the week in a nostalgic hue. In a sharp juxtaposition, there will also be subtle shades of modern trouble/excitement (depending on your interpretation) that could only be found in 2014. This Week's Birthdays : Your optimism perpetuates a chain of happy events. A shift in your work your ambition, and youll achieve greater heights because of the change. A relationship grows tender in September, as your life becomes entwined with another to a greater degree. In October, youll be let into the deeper levels of an interesting world. Loved ones need your teaching over the next months. Youll model a desired behavior and theyll make you proud in 2015. Music at Gulfport Beach Pavilion #6Monday, 1-3:30 p.m. Karaoke by Harmony Hal & His GalTuesday, 1-3:00 p.m. Entertainment by Cillawette Wednesday, 1-3:30 p.m. Karaoke Mike Furman Thursday, 1-3:30 p.m. Dancing & Karaoke with Dave & Cookie 1st & 3rd Friday, 1-3:00 p.m. Entertainment Dorothy & Jim Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Ray & Ann, Entertainment Sunday, 1-3:00 p.m. Woody & his accordion, Music for listening & dancing Weather permitting


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 27 Signs, from front pageSome cities enforce the rules strictly while others are more lax; Gulfport, Metcalf says, falls somewhere in the middle. Some businesses along Gulfport Boulevard claim the rules about outdoor advertising and signs hinder their ability to do business. I think its a little too strict, Mark Gault, owner of A Vintage Variety, says. I think they should ease up on the signage, relax the standards. Gault received a warning from the citys code enforcement department paper signs outside. He currently has a permanent sign, a permit for an outdoor display, an a-frame sign, lettered paper signs taped inside his front door Its not enough, he says, because goes by too fast to see him. I spent $300 on that sign, he says of his permanent sign hanging just inside his property line, and even then people go right by because theyre not enforcing the speed limit. Even with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour, Gulfport has limits to what they can do to help businesses along Gulfport Boulevard. Pinellas County, not Gulfport, owns the roadway, which means changing calming devices such as landscaping or medians, and improvements to the sidewalks and rights-of-way, all fall under the countys purview, not the citys. Although some of the Gulfport Boulevard businesses have approached city council and asked for more relaxed sign ordinances, not every Gulfport Boulevard business agrees. Who in their right mind would go by? Drew Raylean, the owner of Boulevard Shoppe and Garden, says. hazard. renovating two properties into a boutique-style resale shop, says part of her renovation costs included a permanent sign. I plan to be here for quite a while, so why not make it permanent? I sign, she says, and found out what I could and could not do. Raylean says appropriate signage is a cost of doing business. I understand I really do theyre starting on a shoestring. My hats off to them. Advertising is costly. Karen Lanigan, who owns Karens Florist, understands the challenges of operating a business on Gulfport Boulevard. She has a non-conforming sign. That means her hanging sign doesnt comply with the current city code, but because the former business owner had installed the sign and left the sign clips, the city says her sign can remain. to her building. It meets the code. When she tried to switch it to a instead of Open, Gulfports code told her she had to take it down. If I cant have this, she says, so be it. Im happy I have a sign and that Im open. Earling says he received complaints about the businesses, and city records indicate the most recent round of visits from the citys code department stem from complaints. He also says that while he does not work weekends, the police can write tickets for code violations if they see them. Metcalf says the complaints, violations and tickets could be avoided if businesses would come to the Community Development Department (727-893-1087) before they install a sign. Its different in every case, Metcalf says. Thats the way the sign ordinance is written its based on the facade area of the building, square footage, location, and it could be the types of signs allowed in certain zoning districts. Metcalf adds that his goal and the goal of his staff is to help businesses get a sign, and help them through the sign ordnance. people; thats what were here for to help them. Contact Cathy Salustri at Cathy


28 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Ball Leagues Now Forming Flag football adult league general registration runs through Friday, August 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bldg. A. Fall league begins the week of August 25. Coed and mens leagues on seven rules with playoff games. Games played at Woodlawn Park, 1450 16th St. N. $350 league team fees apply. Visa, Mastercard, cash and checks payable to the city of St. Petersburg. Call 727-892-5224 or html for more information. Slow pitch softball mens, coed and womens adult league general registration runs through Friday, August 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bldg. A. Fall league begins the week of August 25. Games played at Woodlawn Park, 1450 16th St. N. Teams are A.S.A registered and sanctioned. Team fee/$350, plus $25 ASA sanctioned fee. Visa, Mastercard, cash and checks payable to the city of St. Petersburg. Call 727-892-5223 or html for more information. Kickball just the way it used to be. All skill levels. Simple rules for a fun time. Kickball coed adult league general registration runs through Friday, August 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bldg. A. Fall league begins Thursday, August 28. Games played at Woodlawn Park, 1450 16th St. N. Teams compete for league championships with emphasis on socializing and fun. $250 league team fees. Visa, Mastercard, cash and checks are payable to the city of St. Petersburg. Call 727-892-5223 or html for more information. Depression and Bipolar Support Group Depression and bipolar support group meets at the Suncoast Center (in back), 4024 Central Avenue on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Families and support people are welcome. Call Les at 727-822-3480 or


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 29 Visit Save Our Strays Cat Haven Come and meet Lewis, a solid grey boy with white markings; Luka, a large white and black fellow; Ginger, an orange and white beauty with medium length fur, and Miss Maine, a beautiful declawed calico Maine Coon cat, to name a few. Save Our Strays Cat Haven is a comfy retreat for adult cats that are seeking a second chance for forever homes. Conveniently located in Pinellas Park near 49th St. North, this haven features felines that live in a cozy small cages. Call a SOS volunteer at 727545-1116 to schedule an appointment to meet your next great cat. All SOS cats have been completely vetted and are microchipped. SOS, a no-kill, noncats on its website saveourstraysinc. com. Take Part in the Great Bay Scallop Search Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteer boats to participate in the Great Bay Scallop Search on Saturday, August 23. The event is a resource monitoring program where community volunteers snorkel to search for scallops in select areas within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bays. The event has been conducted annually since 1993 with the goal to monitor and document the health and status of the local bay scallop population. Tampa Bay Watch will coordinate 45 volunteer boaters with more than 180 participants to search selected sites for the elusive bay scallops. Volunteers with shallow draft boats are still needed for the event. Go to for more information. Reservations are required for the Great Bay Scallop Search. Registered scallop searchers will meet Saturday, August 23 at 9 a.m. on the eastern side of the Fort De Soto boat ramp in Tierra Verde to receive survey equipment and instructions for the monitoring event. Making the Arts AccessiblePARC CEO Karen Higgins (left), Artist Danny House, Tonya Corder of Duke Energy Art in the PARC was held at the Duke Energy headquarters in St. Petersburg July 18. Sponsored by the Duke Energy Disability Outreach & Inclusion Team Employee Resource Group, Art in the PARC is a mission-focused event that showcases artwork created by the men and women who participate in the PARC Arts Studio & Gallery. Half of each sale goes directly to the artist and the remainder to the studio to help sustain the program.


30 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Fun for Your Brain Join them for lots of fun and laughter after playing some puzzle games on Friday, August 8 at 11 a.m. at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, please call the Event Line at 727-893-5657. USCG Safe Boating Program U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 13-week continuous safe boating program every Tuesday, 7 p.m., Warren Webster Community Center, 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach (one mile south of the Don CeSar). Start at your convenience. First day, come at 6:30 p.m. to register. Begin any August classes include: August 5 Your Boats Radio, August 12 Which Boat is for You, August 19 Equipment for Your Boat, and August 26 Waterway Watch/ Trailering Your Boat. Cost is $40 for 13 weeks and includes new 400-pages of materials. Call Jim at 727-360-4846. Pre-Register for Tot Time Program The City of Gulfport Recreation Center is currently accepting preregistrations for the 2014-2015 Tot Time Program. The Tot Time Program is a pre-school, hands-on program for children ages 3-5. The program aims to make learning fun for children and helps prepare them day monthly options are available. Non-refundable annual registration fee is $17 for residents and $22 for non-residents. Program hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hours for pre-registration are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Proof of residency is required for Gulfport residents. The program begins September 2. Call 893-1068 for more information. Gulfport Native Promoted Aristotle A. Vaseliades, a Gulfport native, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in ceremonies conducted at the SHAPE Healthcare Facility at SHAPE, Belgium, on March 14. Lt. Colonel Vaseliades serves in the United States Army and is Deputy Commander of Administration, SHAPE Healthcare Facility. He is the son of Gulfport resident, Catherine Vaseliades, and the late Achilles Vaseliades. Lt. Colonel Vaseliades is a graduate of Northside Christian High School, St. Petersburg, FL; Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL and obtained his Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University in San Antonio, TX. Aristotle and his wife and two children reside in Mons, Belgium.


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 31 By Scott Lafee Take a Moment, Now and Zen Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found that even brief sessions of mindfulness meditation -periods when participants consciously monitor breathing and focus on the moment -can measurably alleviate stress. The scientists had 66 healthy individuals, ages 18 to 30, engage in 25-minute meditation sessions for three consecutive days, then perform a stressful act, in this case give a speech and do math tests in front of stern-faced evaluators. A second group was given a threeday cognitive training program to improve their problem-enhancing skills, then the stress tests. less stressed while performing the speech and math tasks. More interestingly, analyses of cortisol -a stress hormone -levels in their saliva were also lower. suggest that mindfulness training, even if brief and temporary, can that with long-term practice might produce automatic and permanent negative effects of stress. BODY OF KNOWLEDGE The average human head has roughly 100,000 hair follicles, each capable of producing 20 individual hairs over a lifetime (though some, alas, quit early). Blondes typically have more follicles, about 146,000, while people with black hair have 110,000 and brown 100,000. Redheads have the least dense hair at 86,000 follicles on average. STORIES FOR THE WAITING ROOM A new study out of Penn State says that malaria parasites can alter their hosts scent to attract mosquitos and thus spread their parasitic offspring. The discovery might be useful as a diagnostic tool for identifying malaria patients who are asymptomatic. HYPOCHONDRIACS GUIDE Astasia-abasia is a condition in which the sufferer can neither stand nor walk in a normal manner, instead displaying a wild and erratic gait, falling only when a nearby physician, family member or soft object will catch them. OBSERVATION Youre thinking Im one of those wise-ass California vegetarians who is going to tell you that eating a few strips of bacon is bad for your health. Im not. I say its a free country and you should be able to kill yourself at any rate you choose, as long as your cold dead body is not blocking my driveway. -Humorist Scott Adams EPITAPHS Call Me Trimtab -on the headstone of American inventor and theorist R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983). A trimtab is the smallest part of a rudder for a ship or airplane and controls the direction of the craft. Fuller was likely alluding an individual in the world.


32 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Lithuanian American Club Lunch The Lithuanian American Club at 4880 46th Ave. N. in St. Petersburg is serving lunch every Thursday at 1 p.m. The summer schedule of luncheons is one week koldunai and the other week cepelinai. The cost is $7 for entree, side, dessert and coffee. This Thursdays menu is koldunai (meat dumplings) served with bacon and/or sour cream, dessert and coffee. As usual, they have Lithuanian beer and fresh baked bread to buy every Thursday. Call Vida at 866-7936 for more information. Everyone is welcome.Voluntary Prekindergarten Program The City of Gulfport Recreation Center is currently accepting VPK (Voluntary Prekindergarten) vouchers for the 2014-2015 school year. VPK is free for children who live in Florida and who turn 4 years of age by September 1. Parents must apply at the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. and receive hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hours for pre-registration are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program begins on Tuesday, September 2. This program is being offered in addition to the Tot Time Program, which is for children who are between the ages of 3 to 5 and potty trained. Please call 893-1068 for more information. Be a Gecko Pub Crawl Ambassador The Gulfport Merchants Association is looking for volunteers to be ambassadors for the Gecko Pub Crawl which is taking place Saturday, August 9. An ambassador is the person who is stationed at each pub who greets the folks and handles the pub crawl business for the 200 participants of the crawl. It is a great, fun way to participate in the crawl without having to crawl yourself. You will be provided all supplies and if you want to dress up to get folks in the spirit of the Roaring Geckos, feel free! Responsibilities include: Be at your assigned location from 4:45 to 9 p.m. Greet crawlers, stamp their crawl ticket, and supply the free drink token. Deal each person a poker card and record the card on prizes. All ambassadors are invited to the after-party at Saltys at 9 p.m. live music, dancing and fun. They will be holding a Crawl Academy a few days before the event to make sure that you all know what to do and work out any kinks, last year this was a huge success. To volunteer or for more information, contact Angela Lagan or 727-348-6490.


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 33 Gulfport Fights Cancer With Relay For Life Community members will join together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost cancer through the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Gulfport/ Stetson University. The event will take place on Friday, November 7, at 6 p.m. at the Michael J. Yakes Recreation Complex. The Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups people from all walks of life all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Societys mission to save cancer. They will be hosting a Relay For Life Kick-off Party on Tuesday, September 9 at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater of Gulfport. The Meet and Greet will begin at 6 p.m. with a short program afterward. Find out how you can get involved and meet others who want to make a difference in our community. Funds raised through the Relay For Life of Gulfport/Stetson University help the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer. For more information about the Relay For Life and to sign up your team, please visit relayforlife. Hop on the Gulfport Rays Trolley! Promotional tickets for the September 4 Rays home game are available at the Gulfport Casino. A $25 promotional ticket purchased at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom will get you a ride to Tropicana Field, a lower box seat and a complimentary Rays baseball hat, redeemable at the redemption desk inside Tropicana Field. If you already have a Rays ticket for the September 4 game, show your ticket to the trolley driver, and you will receive a complimentary ride on the Gulfport-Rays Trolley. Departure times are 5 p.m. for batting practice, 6 p.m. for pre-game and 7 p.m. for game time. The Gulfport Trolley will be leaving from the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport. Rays promotional tickets are on sale now at the Gulfport Casino For ticket information, contact 727893-1070.


34 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Local Obituaries KRAJCIK, DR. FRANK ALBERT, born on May 26, 1927 in Bridgeport, CT, died peacefully at home with family on July 24, 2014. Frank was the ninth child of eleven children of John Krajcik, Sr. and Anna Valko Krajcik, both immigrants from Slovakia. After high school, he enlisted at the age of 17 with the US Navy and participated as a radio operator in World War II. Returning from the war, he attended Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Elkins Park, PA. He began his career as an optometrist in Stratford, CT. During this time, he was active with the Lutheran Church and enjoyed participating in church bowling leagues and golf. Dr. Krajcik married Irina Borisjuk, a Russian immigrant, in Stratford, CT, in 1959. They settled in Monroe, CT, vacationed in Sunapee, NH, and eventually moved permanently to Sunapee in 1974. With their six children, the family enjoyed skiing and travel. Frank continued his optometrist practice in Newport, NH, until the untimely death of his wife on December 5, 2005. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Olson of Stratford, CT; three sisters-in-law, Margaret Krajcik of Stratford, CT, Marilyn Krajcik of North Easton, MA, and Rosalie Krajcik of Stratford, and their families. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Ludmilla Wilken Borisjuk of Hamden, CT; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Igor and Suzanne Boris of Westbrook, CT, and Lova and Deborah Borisjuk and nephews and their families. Continuing his legacy of love and family strength are his six children and their spouses: Richard and Jody Krajcik of Pembroke, NH, Deborah Krajcik of Henniker, NH, Sandra Cashion-Massoud and Paul Massoud, of Utica, NY, Ellen Wirta of Grantham, NH, Lorena and Frank Montefusco of Raleigh, NC, and Tanya Krajcik of Weare, NH; sixteen grandchildren and their spouses: Evan and Erica Krajcik, Matthew Krajcik, Rachel and Dany Valladares, Sarah and Mircea Geana, Hannah Krajcik, Alexandra Cashion, Anna Cashion, Erin Wirta, Nathaniel Wirta, Luis Flores, Tara Montefusco, Jacob Montefusco, Loren Montefusco, Anthony Montefusco, Samuel Kress, and foster grandchild, grandchildren: Enrique Valladares, Tess Geana, and Maximus Geana. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Irina Krajcik; parents, John and Anna Krajcik; and siblings and their spouses, Edward Krajcik, Anne Sampson, John Krajcik, Pauline and Gunnar Gunderson, Emily and Robert Ryder, Daniel Krajcik, Daniel Olson, Stephen and Ruth Krajcik, Robert Krajcik, and Ernest Krajcik. A service of Christian burial will be on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Claremont, NH. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the church with the service beginning at noon. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Claremont, NH. A reception will follow back at the church hall. In that donations be made to Honor Flight New England, Hooksett, NH ( or 1-877-WW2-VETS). Honor Flight New England transports WWII veterans at their memorials at no cost to the veterans. You are invited to share a memory of Frank with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at royfuneralhome. com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service. M C G IFFIN CAREY W., 68, died July 20, 2014 at his home in St. Petersburg, leaving his beloved wife Barbara, daughter Shannon, Barbaras children, Jennifer, Jon and Joseph, and six grandchildren. A US Marine, Vietnam combat veteran, he was active in the local Marine Corps League and proud of the service he gave to his country. Carey was a leader in the First United Methodist Church in Gulfport and a valued member of their choir. For more information, see the website for the David C. Gross Funeral Home at A memorial service will be held Friday, August 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 2728 53rd St. S., Gulfport. Interment will be at Bay Pines National Cemetery at


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 35 make donations to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital ( or 800805-5856). ROSSEN, MICHAEL THOMAS "MIKE," 94, of St. Pete Beach, passed away July 21, 2014. Mike was born in Vestal, NY, Feb. 10, 1920. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He worked with IBM for 33 years as well as a real estate agent for Tourtelot Brothers. He was an avid golfer, a lifetime member of Highstown Elks #1955, and a member of the Highstown American Legion Post #0148. He was preceded in death by son, Michael Hanley Rossen and is survived by his wife of 74 years, Beverly; his son, Robert (Carmen) Rossen; daughters, Carole (Ron) Taylor, grandchildren; and two great-grand children. A viewing was held at Brett Funeral Home, 4810 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Thursday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a service following. Entombment at Serenity Gardens. Online guest book at SCOTT, THOMAS LOWELL, 77, of South Pasadena, died Friday, July 18, 2014. People liked Lowell. He had a great sense of humor and a huge sense of adventure. An ocean-going tug boat captain, he saw the world. Lowell will be missed by his wife of 54 years, Janice; his brother Rick; and his granddaughter Seanne. Please consider a donation to Suncoast Hospice or the hospice of your choice. Donations can be made directly at Online guest book available at ALifeTribute. com. THOMPSON, BASIL C., 85, of South Pasadena, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family July 24, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores; daughters, Gail and Sue (husband Ted); son, Paul (wife Diana); six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was born in England and was in the Royal Air Force. He was an electronics engineer with ITT in England and New Jersey until his retirement. Private service to be held in NJ at a later date. Obituaries (cont'd.) Caregivers Support Group Are you feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities and challenges of being a caregiver? You are not alone! On-going support for you is essential. The Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., offers a support group for caregivers every Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. This peer-led group has met weekly over the years sharing tips, offering encouragement, and discussing the trials, demands, and overwhelming experience of being a caregiver for their loved one. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, please contact Rachel at 727893-1231. Bereavement Support Group Good Mourning Group will meet on Mondays at 9 a.m. at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. This is an educational support group series for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Each class will encourage, empower and enhance the process of grieving, mourning and healing. Sponsored by Gee & Sorenson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Space is limited. Please reserve your place by calling 727-893-5657. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, please call the Event Line at 727-893-5657.


36 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Somethin on my mind Somethin on my mindBy Bill Northr op B_Northr op@theGabber. com Importing Our Own CitizensTake in their refugees? You've got to be kidding! We have our own to take care of or get rid of or move around. OK, maybe technically they are not refugees. They haven't left the country. Don't have anywhere to go, anyway. No one standing at the border with food, water, clothes, money and transportation to wherever. Some of their buddies have left who knows to where, but there are a lot left. And, they don't have special status because they aren't from Honduras, Guatemala, or El Salvador. They are plain old American citizens, lots of them children, of all races, colors and ethnic backgrounds. They are stuck in our ghettos in hundreds of cities across the United States for a variety of sociological reasons neither I nor few others can fully explain, justify, rationalize, or understand. Bullets whiz around them, if not every day, at least on weekends. Lots of them get killed. Five hundred will die this year in Chicago alone and it is not one of the top 10 or 20 most violent cities. Like those Central American countries, it's not the government that's after them. It's their neighbors whom the government can't control. It's bad guys versus good guys except the good guys, which are most of them, don't have a chance against the money, drugs, gangs and power controlled by the criminals. Some have complained they can't let their children out to play, or are worried that the children won't make it back from school (or to school for that matter). Many of those schools are failures anyway. I don't doubt that many would like to leave, to go somewhere where it is safe, where education, raise their children. We're talking about towns like Detroit, Baltimore, and St. Louis which rank 24th, 36th, and 45th in homicides in cities of the world. Port Au Prince, Haiti is 49th and Valencia, Venezuela is 50th. However, we're also talking about Stockton, California (which is also going broke from overpaying its employes), Birmingham, Alabama, Memphis, Tennessee, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania just to name a few. We can add in Oakland, and Los Angeles, California, Oklahoma City, and Newark, New Jersey. Add your own favorite city to your list. I'm guessing there are a lot of people who would like to escape. Conservative columnist and commentator, George Will, noted that America should have no problem absorbing all these new Central American children crossing our border and that we should allow it and keep them here. Another conservative, Brit Hume, agrees. Will notes that there are over 3,000 counties in the US and if each took its share there'd be no problems. Liberals apparently agree because they're the ones pushing open borders and see no problems in absorbing millions of people from all over the world. After all, Central America isn't the only country with horrid and dangerous living conditions. I guess limiting it help from a PR standpoint. Of course, we should be asking where we're sending them and into what conditions. Relatives? Living where? In dangerous ghettos? Does it look like we've solved our own violence, not to mention gangs and drug problems, in our own cities? Will expects an even distribution across the country. OK. What about our own inner city people trying to get out? Distribute them across the country? How about some ideas there? Going to have to be creative. President Obama proposes spending $3.7 billion to solve the immigration problem. Would that amount of dollars solve the problems in our own cities or have we already spent more than that? Deporting willing US citizens out of the cities and into the hinterlands might be a solution. Of course there will be language and cultural barriers, but we could give them preferences. Houston absorbed thousands after Hurricane Katrina and it still stands. However, that was a city-tocity movement and I suspect that not everything has gone well. That was a crisis move. A planned, well-thought more successful. foreigners, hard working, seeking an education, stimulates and rejuvenates our economy and our country. Might not the same occur if we can integrate to the broader US those millions of our own citizens who are desperate to escape poverty, crime, and unemployment but are trapped in dying and dysfunctional cities that bear a striking resemblance to the chaotic countries south of our border?


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 37 THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY Lunch Served 11am-3pm Euchre 1pm Bingo 6pm Kitchen Open for Bingo Lunch 11-3 Ron's Karaoke 7pm No Lunch Served Breakfast Buffet 8:30-11am S.A.L. hamburgers and hot dogs 12-3pm Kitchen Open 11-2pm Dinner 4:30-6:30pm Southern Knights Band 7-11pm Lunch Served 11am-3pm Rons Karaoke 7pm THURSDA Y FRIDA YS A TURDA Y SUNDA Y MONDA Y TUESDA Y WEDNESDA Y Bar Bingo 7pm Food Served Fish & Shrimp 6-8pm Music by Geno 6:30-9:30pm Steak Dinner 6-8pm Lee Jay Nelson 6:30-9:30pm Sports & Pizza Hot Dogs 12-6pm Bucky Burgers 5-8pm Karaoke 6:30-9:30pm All you can eat Spaghetti & Meatballs every Wed., plus another special. Hot dogs every day for $1. Ladies Auxiliary meet 1st Sunday each month at 11:30am Sons of AmVets meet 1st Monday each month at 7pm AmVets meet 2nd Sunday each month at 11:30am Steak-O every Saturday at 4pmHouse Comm.Mtg.6pm Meatloaf Dinner Subs & Salads Dinner Special 6-8pm Trivia Bar Bingo 7pm Karaoke 9pm-12amSunday-Friday 12pm, Saturday 11am til. Electronic bar games every day. Fish fry last Friday of the month, 5-7pm. Were always looking for new members to join our family, $30 yearly or $250 Lifetime. Gil Davis 1st VC Happy Hour 9-11am & 4-7pm Jam Session 6-10pm Food available 6-8pm Tiki open 4pm Dinner 5-7:30pm Karaoke 7-11pm Breakfast 8-10:30am Tiki open 12noon Grill open 1-5pm Live Music 1-5pm Tiki open 12noon Grill open 1-5pm Live Music 1-5pm Steak-O 4-6pm Euchre 1pm Happy Hour 9-11am & 4-7pm Drink specials 8pm-Close Happy Hour 9-11am & 4-7pm Karaoke 7-11pm Drink specials 8pm-Close Tiki open 5pm Karaoke 7-11pm Bingo 7pm Food Available Junior Auxiliary meets 1st Saturday each month 10:30am American Legion Family meets 2nd Monday 7pm in August. Auxiliary meets 2nd Tuesday each month Exec-Bd 6:30 general meeting 7pm Legionnaires meet 3rd Monday each month 7 pm S.A.L. meets last Monday each month 7 pm 9am 12 to answer any questions Southern Knights Band 7-11pm Dinner 4:-30-6:30pm


38 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 German-American Society News Everyone is invited to the GermanAmerican Society located at 8098 66th St. N. in Pinellas Park on August 2 to celebrate Heimat Abend. The music for your dancing and listening pleasure will be furnished by Cathys Lorelei band. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music begins at 7 p.m. The kitchen is open until 8 p.m. and their full service bar is open until 11 p.m. Their dress code is Florida semi-formal (no shorts, other than lederhosen). The entrance fee is their summer time rate of $5. For further information contact Bob at 727-238-8201. Summer Dive-In Movies Summer Dive-In Movies are back at the St. Pete Beach Community Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr. to lounge by the pool while watching out under the stars! They have DiveIns scheduled every Friday night through August 8. Snacks, drinks and glow jewelry will be sold. No outside coolers or food allowed. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is only $4 per person. This event will be canceled in inclement weather. For the full schedule of Dive-In movies visit For more information call the Aquatic Center at 727363-9264. Specials at Save Our Strays Black and white cats are exquisitely beautiful and now as a summer special, Save Our Strays offers a reduced adoption fee of $35 for its tuxedo and white-with-black cats over six months of age. These cats are spayed/neutered, current on vaccines and county license and are microchipped. Raised in foster homes, they are quite sociable and offer great companionship. no-kill organization dedicated to rehoming cats and kittens. To learn how you can meet these great twotoned cats, please phone a volunteer at 727-545-1116 or 727-481-5262. Check out SOS adoptable cats at Join the Arbor Day Foundation Americas forestland is a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will honor each new member who joins in July by planting 10 trees in forests that insects and disease. To join the Arbor Day Foundation and help plant trees in our national forests, send a $10 membership contribution to Replanting Our National Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or visit


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 39 Everyday Cheap$kateBy Mary HuntHow to Break the Bad Habit Thats Killing Your Finances Lets not beat around the bush. Eating out is eating up your future. Its gobbling down your present and keeping you stuck in the past. That heavy debt youre hauling around didnt happen while you were asleep. Face it: Youve been eating your way into debt. Breaking the eating-out habit is possible. You can do it. It takes motivation, perseverance and practice. Its all about replacing old habits with a few new ones. Cost. Track how much you spend on food (including groceries, coffee, donuts ... all of it for you and every person in your household) in one week, and then multiply by 52. Now factor in all the food you throw away that spoils in your kitchen because you buy it and then eat out instead. Could this be the reason you arent able to save or build an emergency fund? Health. I dont want to get too graphic here, but recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one in admit coming to work while sick with diarrhea and vomiting -two main symptoms of the stubborn norovirus. If youve ever gotten sick after eating out, you know what Im talking about. Norovirus is running rampant. The problem lies with sick workers who take a bathroom break, do not wash their hands with soap, and then return to prepare and serve our food. Is it possible that its healthier to eat at home? Hunger. Do not let yourself or your family get too hungry. This is the big one for me. If I have not planned ahead, and then I cross the line into emergency territory where I must eat right this minute, Im doomed. I cant think straight. Plan ahead. This requires thinking ahead, which means strategic grocery shopping. Create menu plans, prepare lunches, post a dinner meal schedule on the fridge. Create menus. When everyone in the family knows whats coming up, no one is going to be thinking McDonalds. Hire help. I know I need help with meal planning because Im one busy gal. I use eMeals ( emeals15). My meal plan, menus and shopping lists show up in my email box once a week. Yes. I am a fan. An eMeals membership is cheap, too, which of course makes me an even bigger fan. Whether you choose to plan your meals yourself or to get help, getting into a planning mode is essential for breaking the eatingout habit. Cook. Anyone can learn how to make tasty meals. It takes commitment, good recipes, fresh ingredients and practice. There is no shortage of teachers and training on the Internet. Check and for videos, recipes and tutorials. Keep it special. Make eating out something you choose to do on important occasions. Plot it on the calendar so you can look forward to this as a special treat. Anticipate, celebrate. Choose a cuisine that you cannot make yourself and youll enjoy it even more.


40 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Get Your Gecko Ball Tickets Break out your best Charleston dance moves! Roaring Geckos will be the theme of Gulfports Sixth Annual Gecko Ball. The Roaring Geckos theme will evoke the Roaring Twenties, including its music, dancing, hair styles, clothing and costumes, fads, movies and other popular culture. Expect to experience costumes, music and bobs, Charlie Chaplin, The Great Gatsby, Guys and Dolls, the jazz age, Louis Armstrong, Rudolph Valentino, swing music and big bands, art deco and many other touchstones of the 1920s era. The Gecko Ball will be held at the historic waterfront Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Blvd. S.) from 6 until 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 23. The event gets larger and more popular each year, including over the top dcor, cocktail specials, cash bar, hors doeuvres, a dinner buffet, commemorative photo booth, dozens of silent auction items, and the popular live auction of geckos created by local artists. Dress a la 1920s or dress as a gecko, or combine the two! A costume contest will determine Costumes are encouraged but are not mandatory. Appearing live at this years ball, the Z Street Speakeasy tunes from the 20s through today. There will be many other surprises in store, creating what has become known as Gulfports party of the year! Tickets for Gecko Ball are $35 per person and are on sale at the Gulfport Beach Blvd. S. Tickets will continue to be available at the Beach Bazaar during regular store hours, as well as online with a credit or debit card at until the event sells out. The Gecko Ball sells out every year, so would-be ball-goers are encouraged to purchase tickets as far in advance as possible. While they last, tables of 10 are available for group reservations only if all tickets for the table are purchased in person at the Beach Bazaar at one time. The Gecko Ball occurs one week prior to the annual GeckoFest street festival (August 30), and each year the balls theme also lends itself to costumes that GeckoFest participants are encouraged to wear parade. The annual Gecko Pub Crawl will be held August 9 this year, and a portion of proceeds from all three as the commission of a public art installation. For more information and updates on the Gecko Ball, go to Facebook. com/Geckoball. GeckoFest, Gecko Ball and Gecko Pub Crawl are all Merchants Association. Contact com or 727-204-8101) for details.


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42 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 Yoga Storytime at the Library Yoga storytimes are coming to the library. Join them for a sneak peek on Monday, August 4. Storytime for 3 to 5-year-olds will be held at 2 p.m. Storytime for 6 to 10-year-olds will be held at 3 p.m. They wont split up siblings. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Mats are a plus but not required. Call Cailey at 727-893-1133 for more information. Space is limited so sign up early. Spanish Returns Spanish Beginner 1 and 2 classes resume at Gulfport Recreation Center on September 8. Classes are on Mondays in September, October, and December. See the instructor for the excluded dates. Beginner 1 (novice) is from 6 to 7 p.m. and Beginner 2 is from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. All lesson materials are included. For more information and how to register and pricing please call Joan Samuel took the Gabber with her to India and Nepal. The people in the background are hand-embroidering saris. 14 19 49th Str eet S. 7 27-3 2 1-6 96 5 A dvertising@theGabber .comDisplay Ad vertising fr om $1 7. 20 per column inch.


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 43 Gordan the Goat, from front page(Section 5-12.1), except for hens, which were granted an exception in 2009. Florida Statute 585.01(13) goats raised for private use of commercial purposes. Finkler says he expects the legality of goats to come before council in the near future. Gordan the goat? Hes seen some things. What things, no ones quite sure, because Gordan isnt talking. Among things Gordans owner, Eric Finkler, would like to know is how, exactly, Gordan found his way into a St. Pete Beach bar. Friday night, July 25, Gordan became the target of an aborted goat-napping working on his motorcycle and wanted to check out its performance. Finkler left Gordan, a nine-month-old African Pygmy goat, in his van down by the beach. He left Gordan with a bucket of hay, a bucket of feed, and water. He rolled down the windows and hooked Gordan up to a long leash. Gordan suffers from separation anxiety, Finkler says. When Finkler left, Gordan started to cry. Goat cries sound not unlike human baby cries, and Gulfport Police began receiving calls from concerned Gulfportians. Gordan to monitor his well-being. Finkler did not realize this. He returned to the van after a ride over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and back, spent some time with Gordan, and decided to take another ride. He returned to his van shortly after 10:15, moments after police looked in on Gordan. Gordan was gone. Somebody came along and thought they were going to be a hero or they thought they were going to be cute, he says. The next morning, Finkler spray-painted a plea for Gordans return on his van. Please return my friend Gordan the Goat! he wrote. On the rear, Finkler spray-painted his contact information. He parked the van in front of Stellas in Gulfport. While Finkler fretted over Gordan, Gordan had embarked on an adventure of his own. While no one knows the details, Gordan found his way across the Corey Causeway and into Riptides, a Blind Pass bar. The bartender brought him to a family member the next day. By then, Finklers van had garnered some attention, him. I think I have your goat, she said. By Saturday night, Finkler and Gordan were once again under the same roof. call Finkler, he says he had plans to replace the van before Gordans goatnapping. Gordan the goat found his way home after spending some time at the Riptides Bar on Blind Pass. Display Advertising S tarts at $51.6014 19 49th Str eet S. 7 27-3 2 1-6 96 5 A dvertising@theGabber .com Tai Chi at the Casino The classes meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. This gentle form of exercise elasticity, heart health, bone strength, balance and more while avoiding stress on hip and knee it is recommended you attend both classes. There is a suggested donation of $5 per class, which are open to everyone. Call Marge Grudzinksi at 727-345-6708 for more information.Home Gardening: Earth Boxes The Gulfport Library Garden fourth Saturday Workshop series will be hosting Sandra Bennett from Home Depot for a fun and educational reservations-only workshop on Saturday, August 23 at 2 p.m. in the meeting room. Participants will build an earth box planter and then take home their new creation. Learn how to install this user-friendly technique that has become wildly popular in the home gardening world. Pre-registration is required. Participation will be limited to 30 adults with one participant per household due to the need to prepare supplies and the use of hand tools during the workshop. The Home Depot on Tyrone Blvd. has been a major supporter of the librarys planned seed library. They will also be sponsoring this free event as they did in their very successful July workshop when Sandra taught participants how to build a sturdy hanging vertical planter using materials and tools supplied by the store. Many thanks to The Home Depot Assistant Manager Lindsey Tornello and workshop leader Sandra Bennett for their ongoing support and in making these events possible. capacity quickly so dont delay in making your reservation and look forward to having a great time. For more information and to preregister contact 727-893-1073 or stop by the Reference Desk.


44 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 By Gulfport Police Chief Rob Vincent months of 2013, there were 48 bicycle thefts and 27 vehicle burglaries reported in Gulfport. During the same time period for 2014, those numbers increased to 82 and 74, respectively. property crimes, police are combining some traditional tactics with new and high tech strategies. to pay close attention to bicycle riders, and they will be stopping those who are violation of statutory bicycle regulations. During these serial numbers against a database of known stolen property. We will also be increasing neighborhood foot patrols, open or bicycles left unsecured, they will be knocking on doors and asking residents to help by securing their property. While this is taking place, detectives will be identifying known thieves and burglars, and they will be working with their colleagues in St. Petersburg to conduct surveillance with the hope of catching some of the criminals in the act. The police department has also acquired new technology that will allow us to set up decoy operations using bait bikes that we can electronically track. An embedded tracking device unknown to the potential thief, will send a text message alert to an investigator when the bike is moved. At that point, the investigator can launch a mobile app that will allow him to her to track the movement of the bicycle. This is similar to a program recently put into operation in San Francisco, and reports indicate it has been very successful there. In the meantime, we ask residents to please use common sense in securing their property. Lock cars, and park them in your driveway whenever possible. Vehicles parked on the street are much more likely to be burglarized. Always park in welllit areas, and do not leave valuables (GPS devices are very common targets) in plain view. Store bicycles inside a garage or shed, and close and lock the door when not in use. Most stolen bicycles are taken from porches or open garages. Questions, comments, or tips should be directed to Lt. Joshua Stone, who oversees the police departments crime prevention efforts. He can be at 727-893-1111. Efforts to Combat Rise in Property Crime Vendors Wanted Kenneth City Social Club is September. This is an indoor/outdoor sale. Space is limited. Reserve your $10 table today by calling Dick at 727-345-4323. CareFest Seeks Volunteers Volunteers are needed for various home repair projects, painting, mowing, weeding, yard work and cleanups throughout St. Petersburg neighborhoods on Saturday, September 27, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Somebody Cares Tampa Bay under the umbrella of CareFest USA, the annual week of compassionrelated activities culminates with a day of service that gives back to the organizations. Neighborhood and communitybased groups, houses of worship, corporate teams, school clubs, businesses and individuals are invited to participate in a variety of one-day projects. On September 27, CareFest St. Pete 2014 starts and ends at Lake Vista Park, 1401 62nd Ave. S. in St. Petersburg with check-in and light morning refreshments at 7:30 a.m., followed by projects conducted at their project site, participants are invited back to Lake Vista Park for volunteer recognition, lunch and entertainment between noon and 1:30 p.m. The event wraps up with CareFest organizers and the volunteer groups. To learn more, visit carefestusa. com and click on Get Involved, Search for a Project, then St. Petersburg. For volunteer information, contact Aubri Shauger-Haley, Community Services, 727-892-5141, or Chris Cahall, CareFest St. Pete Co-Chair, 727-743-5695. Volunteers and groups can also receive information


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 45 Try your hand at Sudoku Attention Gulfport TeensAre you 13-19 years of age? Are you interested in becoming a part of changing the way people view teens? The Gulfport Teen Council is looking for you! Teen members' involvement includes working with the City Council concerning equipment recommendations; budgetary considerations for citys parks and recreation programs; and providing recommendations, suggestions and assistance with youth events for city-sponsored festivals/programs. Teen Council members also gain valuable community experiences by attending local and state conferences, participating in community services projects and by representing the best of the citys youth. Get involved today! Currently, there are two vacant regular member positions and three alternate member positions available. Applications may be picked up at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. or Rafe to Benet CASA Friends of Doug Strutz with colorful and emotional sculpture to at the Strutz Show Opening, Project Free Gallery, 2825 Beach Blvd. S. in Gulfport, through Friday, August 1 when the winner will be announced. For more information please stop by the gallery during regular business hours Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. Be a Part of These Walking Tours St. Petersburg Preservation (SPP) continues its summer evening historic walking tour series on Wednesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. of the downtown waterfront. Tour starts in front of the large banyan tree on Beach Drive, next to the Museum of Fine Arts (255 Beach Dr., NE.) and ends on the rooftop at The Birchwood, the 1920s hotel restored and reopened last year that has become one of the most popular spots on the waterfront. St. Petersburgs waterfront parks are among the citys most valuable historic resources, having been dedicated in 1910. The tour will be an enjoyable stroll along the waterfront and 4th Ave. NE, a street still retaining an impressive collection of historic homes and tourist accommodations dating from the turn of the century and into the 1920s. The tour will touch on architecture, what the city was like in the 1920s boom and the threats that new development brings to the special feel of the northside of downtown, an area within the Downtown National Register Historic District. The summer walking tours are leisurely strolls lasting between 60 and 90 minutes and ending at a local business where tour-goers are welcome to get something to eat or drink and to continue in some fun conversation. Tours are free for SPP members, $5 suggested donation for nonmembers. Reservations are welcome but not required. Call 727-824-7802


46 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 By Robert J. Myers, Esq. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions This week, let's take a look at how legal transfers of control and decision-making work. GUARDIANSHIP This is a legal process in which the court places an individual or agency in control of someone else's affairs. Since establishing a guardianship requires action by the court system, it can be expensive and cumbersome. In addition, guardianship reduces an individual's legal rights to those of a minor. CONSERVATORSHIP This is a type of guardianship that applies only to a person's property and not his or her personal matters. As such, its scope is less restrictive, and the individual involved retains many of his or her legal rights. DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY By establishing a power of attorney, you authorize someone else to act in your behalf. You can give very limited powers, such as authorizing someone to sell property for you, or very broad powers, such as paying bills, making investment decisions, or making all decisions for you. A durable power of attorney remains in force even if the person who establishes it becomes incompetent. While a power of attorney is generally established to ensure that your affairs will be handled for you, it must be durable to be effective in the event of your incapacity. Any power of attorney, including a durable one, becomes null and void when either the person granting it or the person to whom it is granted dies. You should be sure to specify exactly what functions are to be covered by the durable power of attorney. For example, medical decisions, investment choices and property care can be named Of course, a durable power of attorney should be given only to someone you trust implicitly to act in your best interest. You should requirement of a durable power of attorney. Mr. Myers is the owner of Akerson telephone number is 727-347-5131. topics. This column outlines general please consult an attorney. 327-8855 5412 Central Avenue327-8855 Come See The Difference!Come See The Difference! Come See The Difference! Exceptional Eye care, Distinctive Eye wear Contact Lens Specialists Dr Dennis Ryczek Vision Correction without Surger y luding Evenings We Accept Most e A/EYEMED


Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 47 Signs of ChangeI bought a dresser from a junk store along Central; it cost me $15. I brought it home, covered it with shells and sand spray paint, and saved myself several hundred dollars. That was, of course, quite a few years ago. Today, Central Avenue hip things. Everyone knows that. Everyone knows, too, that youre not old nautical things, repurposed furniture, dresses from 1947 but Avenue is bargains. You shop there knowing youre getting unique items, not inexpensive ones. Which is why it delighted me to realize Gulfport Boulevard has quietly started replacing Central treasures at a bargain. The Boulevard is not without its issues namely, its a county road, which means Gulfport has minimal control over what the roadway looks like and no control over things like the speed limit or sidewalks. This, of course, poses a problem for businesses that found themselves saddled with rules about to look at their merchandise. While I appreciate the plight of these businesses, I appreciate, too, the concerns of residents. I do not envy the city councils job of balancing the two, and Im about to make it worse by adding my thoughts to everything. Bear in mind, I want to see the newly named Strip succeed, because I enjoy the shock of delight when I happen into one of these junk shops and Some of these storefronts look fantastic; Boulevard Shoppes, Habana Cafe, Caldwell Realty and a host of others have invested in making their properties look topnotch. Take a bike ride, stroll, or drive down the street; with the exception the best maintained businesses are the ones that have also survived point to that one factor and attribute it to their success, but I wonder if the commitment to investing in the property translates into a business owner who is committed to Gulfport in a larger way. Some of the businesses, though, appear to be trying to do things on the cheap. Our sign code which reads like a trig textbook, by the way pleases me. The only way it could please me more is if the city restricted signs further, but Im in favor of a Coral Springs-style sign code, which would put all our permanent signs close to the ground (called monument style) rather than billboard-style. Left to me, Id change the code so that businesses could have wall signs and monument signs only. And thats the thing: while businesses cant have trashy, handlettered posterboards, more than can have a real sign, such as the one Caldwell has, or like the one Boulevard Shoppes built. What I dont understand is why certain businesses, instead of attempting to make the city look cheap with advertising gimmicks, dont invest in tasteful monument signs. What I suspect certain businesses may not understand is that Gulfport has one chance to make a good impression on people passing through, and what impression people have of the city will be formed, in part, by how those businesses choose to represent themselves. Neon dont exactly make me want to stop and explore the town. Now, think about how monument signs or other artistically styled permanent signs would look to people driving through Gulfport. Of course, those sort of signs cost more than the ones some of these businesses want council to allow. I dont profess to know much about business, but I do know that if you cant afford a sign from a local sign shop, perhaps your business isnt as viable as it could be. The city is not without responsibility here: Perhaps the time has come for our mayor, who had to do battle with the county to get two crosswalks, could work his political magic once again to get better streetscaping, a dedicated center turn lane, and, perhaps, city ownership of the road. I dont know if thats even possible, but I do believe our mayor could start having those discussions. Little known fact: When our city manager worked for St. Pete Beach, he oversaw the streetscaping of Blind Pass Road. Go take a look; wouldnt palm trees and sea grass down the middle of Gulfport Boulevard be a nice addition? Most of Gulfport wants to support our businesses, but businesses need to support the community in return. The Strip has the potential to wow drivers; the reason they say wow is also within those business power. Look at how trashy the St. Petersburg part of the same road looks; wouldnt it be lovely to show a complete transformation when drivers crossed over into Gulfport? Im thrilled to see the types of businesses were seeing along the Strip. Gulfport Boulevard is at a crossroads, and how our council chooses to address the sign issue will determine whether were looking at the next Central Avenue or just another failed shopping district. Contact Cathy Salustri at


48 Gabber July 31 August 6, 2014 From the Desk of Sheriff Bob GualtieriMisdemeanor Probation UnitSeptember will mark one year since took over Misdemeanor Probation from a county contractor. We are only supervise misdemeanor probationers. The units focus is to ensure that individuals who the courts place on probation are properly supervised and they comply with the courts sanctions for their crimes. Members of the Misdemeanor Probation Unit also guide each offender toward a lawabiding path to help ensure they do not reoffend, furthering our mission to lead the way to a safer Pinellas. The Unit supervises individuals that are sentenced to either Misdemeanor Probation or Pre-trial Diversion. The unit is a post-trial liaison between the individuals sentenced and the courts. Those sentenced to Misdemeanor Probation have faced charges such as DUI, shoplifting, drug possession and domestic violence. Probation supervision costs an offender approximately $55 a month, not including their court costs. The Unit not only pays for itself from offender fees but this year revenues will exceed expenses by about $400,000. Since opening in September, Misdemeanor Probation has also collected over $133,000 in victim restitution. The Misdemeanor Probation Unit is proactive in monitoring offenders and assisting them so they have the best possible opportunity to be successful in their sentencing requirements. The Unit is made up of 12 fulltime and two part-time probation specialists, two probation supervisors, a community service coordinator and a sergeant who oversees the unit. There are also three intake clerks that are housed at the courthouse. This unit currently supervises over 2,400 individuals on misdemeanor probation and over 400 individuals on pre-trial diversion within Pinellas County. Probation specialists juggle an average of 230 people on their case load. Once a person is sentenced by the judge to probation, they report to an intake clerk within the courthouse. The individual is then processed and will begin to report to their probation specialist at their scheduled time. A risk assessment is completed to evaluate each persons risk to reoffend, the appropriate supervision level and how often they will need to report to their specialist. Specialists meet with each person on their case load a minimum of once a month. However, a few individuals are eligible to use mail-in reporting. This allows individuals who currently live out-of-state to still complete their sentencing requirements. An onlinebased reporting system has also been developed and is currently being tested and evaluated for its usefulness. When a person reports to their specialist they complete a monthly report which is then reviewed and discussed between the specialist and the offender. Items such as change and arrest information are updated as necessary. During their time together, the specialist will discuss any classes the individual may need to complete, such as anger management, shoplifting prevention or DUI school. The community service coordinator is available to provide areas and locations that offenders may go to complete the community service aspect of their sentencing. Representatives from outside resources are able to use the meet with clients, assist them with to available services within the community. A large classroom is also available where providers can conduct classes. Also on the property, offenders are able to submit random urinalysis at the laboratory or pay their court fees and probation supervision fees at the payment center. Misdemeanor Probation is located at 14500 49th St., Suite 130 in Clearwater. They are housed near Video Visitation on the opposite side of the building, facing the Safe Harbor facility. Offenders are able to schedule appointments with their specialist Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Planning your Fall Meetings? The Gulf Beaches Historical Museum located at 115 10th Ave., St. Pete Beach might be the answer. We are open October through May on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June through September, we are open on Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. If you are interested in a private tour for a group, please call 727-552-1610 and we will be pleased to make arrangements when the museum is not opened to the public. A special you bring dessert and we will have coffee/tea tour has been added recently. A program about the museum and island history is also available for presentation at a meeting or dinner. The museum is handicapped accessible and there is no admission fee.