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VIEWPOINTSHeart of the MatterColumnist mourns the end of two long-running daytime dramas. ... Page 15A. Waters responds to accusations Features Business . . . . . . . . . .12A Classieds . . . . . . . . .6-9B County . . . . . . . . . . .2-6A Entertainment . . . . .1, 3-5, 10B Faith & family . . . . . . . .17A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Police beat . . . . . . . . . .6A Schools . . . . . . . . . . .13A Seminole . . . . . . . . . .14A Sports . . . . . . . . . .10-11A The beaches . . . . . . .16, 18A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .15A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising COUNTYHearing set on housing needsA public hearing to obtain citizens views on housing and community development needs and the 2010-11 program performance for the grants and programs will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. in Clearwater. ... Page 2A.Largo OK with garage sale signsCity commissioners are opposed to adopting rules for garage sale signs, and thats fine with their staff. Commissioners told staff at a work session Jan. 10 not to prepare a city code amendment to regulate garage sale signs in the city. Some had expressed interest months ago about discussing some standards for garage sale signs. ... Page 3A.POLICEArmed robbery suspect chargedLargo Police have arrested a suspect in connection with an attempted armed robbery Jan. 7 at Steves Qwik Mart, 7500 Ulmerton Road, Jan. 7. ... Page 6A.Police arrest 2 on drug chargesLargo police arrested two men Jan. 11 who were charged with selling marijuana. According to the departments Facebook page, detectives from the departments Special Operations Unit, along with officers from the Problem Oriented Policing Unit and the TAC Team arrested Jarquis Bowens, 24, of Clearwater and Marquis Gordon, 27, of Largo on several charges, which included the sale and possession of marijuana. ... Page 6A.SPORTSArea Little League signups continueSeminole Little League and Gulf Beaches Little League are accepting registration of players for their spring seasons through the end of this month. Boys and girls up to the age of 16 are eligible to play in various leagues offering participation in different age groups. Both leagues are also searching for sponsors and persons interested in coaching. See the Sports Roundup. ... Page 10A. See WATERS, page 4ACounty addresses beach nourishmentThe show presents eight vignettes that take place in a small bus station ... See page 3B.Venue Theatre stages witty, fun production of play Passengers Volume XXXIII,No. 41 January 19, 2012 www.TBNweekly.com 010512727-725-1052 2547 Countryside Blvd. #5 www.CustomHairTampa.com Get a new look for the New Year!$50 OFF Any New WigCustom Hair & Wigs 13611 Park Blvd. Suite G, Seminole 369-8299010512Nadia ONeal, D.D.S., P.A.See our ad on Page 3 Where your changes your life. 122911 Former state legislator calls recent charges by Christy sensationalism Effort starts locally to curb abuse of prescription drugsPinellas County is No. 1 in the number of babies born addicted to opiates. Treatment takes three months and costs $15,000.Editors note: This is the third segment in a three-part series on efforts to curtail prescription drug abuse in the county. By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Paul Melton is well versed in the many facets of prescription drug abuse. Hes involved and impassioned. Melton is an investigator with Pinellas Countys Department of Justice and Consumer Services. A retiree from the Sheriffs Office after 12 years of service, Melton started his new job in November. His assignment is the problem of prescription drug abuse. See DRUGS, page 4A By BOB McCLURESEMINOLE City Councilor Leslie Waters is calling accusations by City Council candidate Tom Christy untrue and sensationalism. In a published report over the weekend, Christy charged Waters with a violation of the state elections and ethics laws, and called for her resignation from the City Council. Christy said Waters used city email and city staff in July to send out a flier for a fundraiser for her former state Senate campaign. Waters last month ended her bid for the state Senate and Christy questioned why Waters had not refunded $31,000 in campaign contributions. Waters said Christy is off base on both issues. I did not send that flier to the city, Waters said. I paid $50 to put that (flier) in the city newsletter. Waters said it is not uncommon for city staff to forward information concerning meetings or public appearances of state leaders to elected city officials in the event they want to attend. Its standard city policy whenever anything comes down the line to send it to all city councilors, Waters said. I knew the flier went out when I received it myself. On the issue of the contributions Waters received for her Senate bid, Christy said he was concerned the unrefunded money would give Waters an unfair advantage in the local council election, set for March 13. Its very common for a candidate who ends a state campaign to move on to a local campaign, Waters said. Tom ChristyCity tackles fire pension By BOB McCLURESEMINOLE The long and arduous task of finding solutions to the citys increasing cost to fund the Seminole Municipal Firefighters Pension Trust Fund began Jan. 10 when City Manager Frank Edmunds warned City Council of the challenges ahead. Edmunds, who called the issue one of the largest to face the city in recent years, said the pension funds low performance in recent years has forced the city to increase its contribution to meet actuarial requirements. Although the city has kept its millage rate constant for four years, Edmunds said that might not be the case in fiscal 2013. He said a tax increase is something that may be necessary. The initial forecast for fiscal 2013 includes an 8 percent contribution to the fund by the firefighters, 7.24 percent by the state and 34 percent by the city. The citys proposed contribution is subject to change, based on a number of criteria, but is 6 percent higher than the current budget year and 21 percent above the 13.2 percent the city contributed during better economic times in fiscal 2008. Since 2008, the city has reduced the fire budget $1.8 million, or 18 percent, through staffing reductions and more efficient operations, Edmunds said. But it hasnt been enough. This is somewhat of a problem statewide, Edmunds said. Were faced with rising costs and keeping taxes steady. Its somewhat of a perfect storm. Compounding matters, the Florida Legislature is considering bills to eliminate the Florida business tax and another reduction in local real estate values is expected. Both would reduce revenue to the city. We expect a continued decline in (home) values going into fiscal 2013 that could impact tax revenue. We expect as much as 5 percent (decrease in values), Edmunds said. Weve maintained our tax rate the last four years. Weve elected not to use the rollback rate but you may not have that opportunity in fiscal 2013. Edmunds said councilors would need to have some straight forward conversations about funding this plan. We have an obligation to provide this service, See PENSION, page 4A High-flying spectacle Photos by BOB McCLURELarge numbers of spectators turned out Jan. 14-15 for the 15th annual Treasure Island Kite Festival behind the Thunderbird Hotel on the beach. The event featured competition sanctioned by the American Kitefliers Association on Saturday and an array of kite-flying exhibitions Sunday.Commissioners approve 3 items ... See page 18A. Leslie Waters
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The directory may be viewed online at www.pinellascounty.org /recycle.County launches SeeClickFixCLEARWATER Pinellas County is offering a new tool that streamlines the process of identifying local infrastructure needs. SeeClickFix is an online tool that helps residents to report and track non-emergency problems, such as potholes, illegal dumping, mistimed traffic signals or graffiti. Reports are routed to the appropriate agency to resolve the issue in a timely and efficient manner. The system should eliminate the guesswork involved in determining the proper jurisdiction to contact. Now, the issue is delivered to the appropriate agency with the click of a button. Pinellas County residents, using a mobile app or computer, can submit a report with a photo. Upon receipt of the service request, users will receive a confirmation message. SeeClickFix offers increased transparency, with users able to track submitted reports and set up keyword or location-based watch areas to see local activity. With limited resources, field crews cannot be everywhere. SeeClickFix is designed to facilitate civic conversation and engage the community in solution development. It is flexible, with apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, and a Web interface that is simple and intuitive. To get involved in making your community a better place, download the SeeClickFix app from the Apple App Store, Android Market or BlackBerry App World. On the Pinellas County homepage, users can find the reporting link by clicking on the MapIt button or visiting www.pinellascounty.org/maps/see-click-fix.htm.Enrollment open for ambulance planApplications are being accepted through March 31 for the Sunstar FirstCare Ambulance Membership Plan. The plan is a Pinellas County government program that works with insurance companies to cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with medically necessary ambulance transportation. It covers unlimited medically necessary transportation to or from a medical facility within Pinellas County, offering protection that may be lacking with insurance coverage. For members without insurance, the plan provides for a 20 percent discount on ambulance charges. Memberships are $45 for an individual; $70 for the family plan. Coverage is effective through March 31, 2013, upon receipt of a completed membership application and remittance payment. For information, call 582-2008. Applications can be downloaded at www.pinellascounty.org/firstcare. Money mentors neededLARGO Pinellas County is seeking volunteers with financial smarts to help others through the current economic downturn. The Florida Master Money Mentor program, an initiative funded by the University of Florida, will train volunteers to become mentors who will assist individuals and families in gaining the knowledge and skills to better manage their finances. Registration must be completed by Friday, Feb. 3. Volunteers joining the program will receive approximately 20 hours of intensive training in a number of financial areas. These areas include financial mentoring, basic money management, strategies for dealing with financial problems, credit and debt management, savings, mentoring techniques and community resources. Some home study also will be required. Opportunities are provided in class to practice mentoring skills in small groups as well as one-to-one teaching and mentoring. Following the training, each volunteer will be required to provide volunteer financial mentoring to at least 24 individuals within one year of completing training. This free three-part program will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7 and 8. Those wishing to become mentors must register at www.pinellascountyextension.org by clicking on the Registration button then the Extension Service tab, or by calling 582-2104.Public hearing set on housing needsCLEARWATER Pinellas County is in the process of developing its fiscal year 2012-13 action plan for the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs. A public hearing to obtain citizens views on housing and community development needs and the 2010-11 program performance for the grants and programs will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. in the Community Development Conference Room, eighth floor, Bank of America Building, 600 Cleveland St., Suite 800, Clearwater. 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Commissioner Woody Brown said the proposed regulations seem to place more restrictions on garage sales than are currently allowed because they could only be held for a period of three consecutive days. He asked whether that was correct. Assistant Community Director Robert Klute said garage sale signs are not addressed in the city code. One way I guess we can interpret that is since they are not addressed, they are not permitted currently, he said. He said the city doesnt take action against signs unless officials get complaints, such as that they are in the public rights of way. Mayor Pat Gerard said she knows that people have their garage sale signs taken on the weekends and thats why the issue was raised in the first place. She said she was not sure what we are looking for probably not more regulations. Commissioner Gigi Arntzen said she didnt understand this at all, raising concerns that the code amendment would only allow garage sale signs to be posted from Friday at 8 a.m. through Monday at 8 a.m. What if I want to have a garage sale on Thursday? she said. The regulations also would have limited garage sales to three times per year per residence. City Manager Mac Craig said the commission should tell the commission what staff should do about garage sales and well take care of it. I didnt know we had a problem with it, he said. I think having a garage sale is an American thing that people do on the weekends, Commissioner Robert Murray said. My suggestion on this whole thing is we should leave everything the way it is dont make any more rules. Just not enforce it on the weekends. Nobody would like that better than us, Craig said. Tom GermondConsultants unveil East Gateway planCLEARWATER Many residents think of the citys East Gateway District as a rundown, crime-ridden neighborhood. But consultants Keith Greminger and Alyssa Lee see it as a diamond in the rough. Greminger, of the M. Arthur Gensler Jr. consulting firm, and Lee, of the Social Compact consulting firm, were hired by the city to create a plan for revitalizing the East Gateway over the next 20 years. On Jan. 9, they presented that plan to the Clearwater City Council, which was acting in the role of its alter ego, the Community Redevelopment Agency. Drew Street borders the East Gateway neighborhood on the north, by Court Street on the south, by Highland Avenue on the east and by Missouri Avenue on the west. It has 2,871 residents in 1,200 households. But Greminger and Lee used a study area that includes the East Gateway but extends beyond its boundaries. Palmetto Street borders it on the north, on the south by Druid Road, on the east by Keene Road and west by Myrtle Avenue. It has more than 11,000 residents in more than 6,000 households. The average personal income in the study area is slightly lower than the citywide average. But because of the high population density in the study area, the average income per acre is slightly higher than the citywide average. Lee said that those statistics indicate that the East Gateway has a good potential for economic growth. The study area attracts dollars from the outside in, she said. This community has great building blocks. Greminger added that there are unparalleled opportunities for economic growth in the area. You have one of the best attractions in the state 10 minutes west of this area, he said, referring to Clearwater Beach. But he warned that the East Gateway must shed its seedy reputation before it can achieve the greatness that city officials envision for it. City Manager Bill Horne said that anyone considering a move to the East Gateway must be comfortable with its cultural diversity. Although whites are the largest ethnic group in the neighborhood, there are also significant numbers of Hispanics and blacks. To achieve the turnaround, Greminger and Lee suggested turning the East Gateway into an eating and shopping destination, making it more walkable by upgrading its sidewalks and street lights, adding more retail space and affordable condominiums and focusing on business development, especially near the intersection of Missouri Avenue and Cleveland Street. They want to create a complete street district corridor along Cleveland Street and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and explore the opportunity of renaming Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. They further advocate developing a north-south connectivity axis of open space and community amenities along the Stevenson Creek drainage basin and creating a central gathering place where the See PINELLAS, page 5A
4A SEB Beacon, January 19, 2012Melton says prescription drug abuse is much worse than the crack epidemic of the past. We all know someone friend, parent, friends parent everyone knows someone affected by prescription drugs, he said.Meltons mission is enforcement of the countys prescription management ordinance, which includes regulation of clinics that prescribe pain medications, as well as education and prevention measures.He says he spends much of his time out in the community, either inspecting registered clinics to make sure they are following the countys laws or speaking to groups and organizations on the topic of prescription drug abuse and addiction. Meltons position is new and funded by fees paid by clinics required to register per the countywide prescription management ordinance. He was in his office Jan. 4 processing 2012 applications from pain management clinics and clinics described as high prescribing in a Nov. 8 revision of the countys ordinance. Melton sent a letter to physicians and pain management professionals Nov. 30, informing them of changes to the ordinance and the commissioners decision to extend the moratorium on new clinics until 60 days after the 2012 state legislative session. Pinellas County enacted a moratorium on new pain management clinics and regulation requirements for existing clinics in May 2010 after the state failed to fund legislation that commissioners had counted on to help get a handle on a problem. To operate in the county, pain management clinics were required to register with the state, except when exempt, and apply for a permit from the county. While it was a good start, the ordinance focused only on pain management clinics instead of all doctors who prescribe pain medications. Some doctors stayed under the radar until their patients showed up at the medical examiners office, Melton said. County leaders then realized they had missed a group contributing to the problem and amended the ordinance to include high prescribers, Melton said. In 2011, registrations for 27 pain management clinics were approved. Melton anticipates more applications for permits in 2012 due to the new requirement for any health care facility with a highprescribing physician to register. A high-prescribing physician is one that writes 34 or more prescriptions in a single day for Class II and Class III narcotics.Melton said the number of prescriptions a day was calculated using a five-day workweek, hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a break for lunch. Assuming doctors see one patient every 15 minutes, they could see 32 in one day. We added two extra, Melton said, to come up with the figure of 34 prescriptions a day. He said doctors dont normally write a prescription for Class II or Class III narcotics for every patient. Even those who deal with patients in pain try alternative treatments. Its easy to medicate, he said. However, some doctors find themselves in a situation with a confrontational patient who demands drugs. He said the patients might resort to name-calling or make threats. And the doctor will write the script, he said. The problem is the addiction, he said. Melton said his job as regulator causes him to have to look at the spirit of their business. What is their usual, customary practice. He makes sure all the information submitted on the clinics notarized applications are complete and accurate. Applicants pay a $250 nonrefundable application fee and $1,500 annual permit fee. Applications must include proof of registration with the state Department of Health and a copy of a valid pain management registration certificate. Applicants must list all persons who work at the clinic along with a photocopy of their drivers licenses and fingerprint cards. The applicants signature authorizes law or code enforcement officers access for inspection at any reasonable hour without notice. Melton inspects clinics to make sure theyre complying with the ordinance and he investigates when people make allegations or complaints. He runs background checks looking for prior drug arrests or problems with medical licenses something applicants are required to disclose. The moratorium helps with control of prescription drug epidemics because it prevents new clinics from opening, but it is not designed to shut down existing facilities, Melton said. However, the ordinance does allow the county to seek an injunction against clinics that violate county laws. The clinics can appeal the decision to the courts. The health department also has an inspector that checks to make sure clinics follow state law. Melton said those inspectors could issue emergency suspension orders if they find improper prescribing. He shares information with law enforcement and the health department and vice versa. We have a great relationship, he said. In fact, many relationships are involved in the fight against prescription drug abuse. The county has an advisory council that includes attorneys, physicians and representatives from anti-drug and treatment organizations. The council includes county leaders, representatives from the judiciary and law enforcement. Its not any one particular groups effort, he said. Were united on our front and desire to stop prescription drug abuse. The Sheriffs Office spearheads a countywide prescription drug diversion task force that concentrates on enforcement designed to slow the supply of pills and deter addicts from visiting pill mills, doctor shopping and using fraudulent prescriptions. Law enforcement also keeps busy responding to thefts, burglaries and other crimes tied to prescription drug addiction. However, law enforcements action is just a response to the consequences of the problem. Law enforcement is not the solution, Melton said. By the time they become involved with law enforcement theyre already an addict.The cost of addictionMelton said prescription drug addiction affects people of all income groups, race, gender and professions. It affects everyone from doctors to the unemployed, he said. The real cost is the addiction. Pinellas is No. 1 in the state in the number of babies born addicted to opiates. A huge cost to the health care system since many of the parents cant afford the treatment for these babies. Treatment for newborns addicted to opiates takes three months and costs about $15,000. Treatment for crack babies takes seven to 14 days. Folks dont have the resources to pay for it, so taxpayers pay, he said. In Pinellas County, the rate of drug-addicted newborns went up by nearly 600 percent from 2005 through 2010. This disturbing trend shows 22 newborns in 2005 compared to 153 newborns in 2010, Melton said. Pinellas made up 11.8 percent of the statewide total of drug-addicted newborns. Recent discussions and articles have referenced cost estimates of neonatal intensive care at $15,000 to $20,000. In another example, the U.S. Department of Justice estimated the cost of a drug-addicted newborn in the first few years of their lives at $250,000 for care and treatment. Looking at neonatal cost estimates only, in 2010, addicted newborns in Pinellas cost upwards of $3 million. Taxpayers also are paying to take care of the children abandoned when their parent goes to jail for prescription drug problems. From September 2010 to November 2011, 364 children were removed from their homes due to prescription drug abuse, and 127 were placed into licensed foster care. The cost was $12.5 million. The problem affects the judiciary system, increasing the workload and costs. Health care is impacted. One person overdoses on prescription pain medicines every 36 hours in Pinellas, and seven people a day die in the state of Florida. Education and preventionMelton often speaks at organizations such as Operation Par, Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Celebrate Recovery, Narcotics, Overdose, Prevention & Education Task Force and others. He said teens have a misconception that because prescription drugs are legitimate drugs doctor prescribed and available from a drug company theyre OK. He applauds Operation Medicine Cabinet that aims to remove drugs from the home. According to a survey in 2009, 64 percent of teens between ages of 12 and 17 say they obtain their prescription drugs from their homes or the home of a relative or friend. He said teens dont realize that often the drugs they get may not be appropriate for their body weight and, most importantly, should not be used with alcohol. He recalled the Palm Harbor teens that died last year after popping pills and drinking. Pain medications also may be time-release, which is a bigger danger for people who dont take them by mouth as intended. Folks crush and mix them. Put it (the mix) in water. Heat it up and inject it, he said. Its for the rush. A problem that has state Sen. Mike Fasano considering state legislation that would make it illegal to take drugs in pill form in any other way than swallowing them. Melton says much could be done on the front end to prevent addiction, especially the problem of unintended addicts that become dependent after receiving pain medications after an injury. He said physicians could screen better to look for addictive personalities. He said people needed to be made aware of treatment alternatives and the risks of addiction. The state could pass laws to better regulate health clinics. Melton said attorneys have to go to school get a degree and pass the bar exam before they can practice law. But you dont have to be a doctor to open a health clinic, he said. Private citizens, people in their late-20s, who used to be telemarketers, are opening clinics. Theyre not medical doctors. You have to wonder why theyre in business. Do they want to help people or make money? Melton works in many directions to do his job, which he says is about 50 percent regulation and enforcement and 50 percent education and prevention. I attack the problem with the tools available to me, he said.Fast facts Prescription drugs have now seen more accidental overdoses than heroin and crack cocaine in the 1970s and 1980s Drug deaths outnumbered traffic fatalities across the United States in 2009, killing 37,485 people nationwide, equivalent to one death every 14 minutes. Florida continues to be the primary area of concern, known as the OxyExpress, with one report showing more oxycodone distributed in Florida than all other states combined According to the U.S. Department of Drug Enforcement Administration, Florida doctors and pharmacies purchased 1.1 billion pills of oxycodone in the past two years. In 2010, the Florida Medical Examiner found that 2,710 deaths in the state were caused by prescription drugs, which is an increase of 8.9 percent from 2009. Many states point to Florida as a primary supplier of drugs in their area Pinellas County leads the state in deaths from oxycodone, alprazolam (Xanax), methadone, hydrocodone, morphine and diazepam (Valium). Pinellas County had 249 prescription-related deaths in 2010, up form 218 in 2009. Drug addicted newborns in Pinellas have increased by almost 600 percent since 2005. From December 2010 to September 2011, 229 youths were removed from their homes due to prescription drug abuse in the home. From January 2011 to October 2011, Pinellas emergency medical services had 2,055 reports of overdoses. From July 2010 to June 2011, 1,507 individuals were treated for prescription drugs from Pinellas and Pasco counties, and 1,157 were treated specifically for oxycodone.Report from Pinellas Countys Department of Justice and Consumer Services, November 2011.Where to get help and informationReport any suspected illegal drug activity by calling 1-877-792-2873 (RXABUSE). 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares Inc. This organization provides 2-1-1 telephone services to Pinellas, Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter counties in Florida 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Among the many services offered is access to physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention, rehabilitation, health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, maternal health and childrens health insurance programs. Call 2-1-1, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.211tampabay .org, or connect via live chat on the website, available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Operation Parental Awareness and Responsibility This nonprofit organization provides integrated addiction and mental health services at sites in Broward, Pinellas, Pasco, Lee and Manatee counties and recently started an adult outpatient program to help with substance abuse and/or mental health issues, which focuses on recovery and preventing relapse. Operation Par Serves more than 13,000 individuals a year in intervention and treatment services and another 40,000 participate annually in Operation PARs messages of substance abuse awareness, education, prevention, research and information and referrals. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale based on income. Call the 24-hour hotline at 1-888-727-6398 or visit operationpar.org. NOPE, Pinellas Chapter Narcotic Overdose Prevention and Education Task Force, Pinellas County chapter. Headed up by parents who have lost children to unintentional drug overdose, members bring their message to schools and community groups. They also organize public events to heighten awareness and support family and friends who have lost loved ones to drug abuse. For more information, visit www.nopetaskforce.org/chapter-pinel las.php. LiveFree!, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County LiveFree! addresses underage and binge drinking and other drug use among youth and young adults in Pinellas County. Call 813-503-5658, email email@example.com or visit www.pinellas coalition.com. Pinellas County Health Department Call 824-6900 or visit www.pinellashealth.com Florida Department of Health Visit www.floridashealth.com Office of National Drug Control Policy Call 1-800-788-2800 or visit www.theantidrug.com Lock Your MedsNational multi-media campaign, with support materials for outreach.Visit www.lockyourmeds.org. DRUGS from page 1AThis is done all the time. Waters said, according to Florida law, candidates must notify contributors within 30 days that they have the option to receive a prorated refund on the amount donated to a campaign, following expenses by the candidate. Waters said she did that in mid-December following her decision to not run for the state Senate. Ive gotten back 10 or 11 requests for refunds, said Waters. Nobody here in Seminole requested it. Waters said $2,584 has been refunded to 11 contributors. Ive done everything by the law, Waters said. All this (Christys accusations) has done is put me on the defensive. Perhaps if Mr. Christy doesnt like the state laws, maybe he should run for (Florida Legislature) and propose changes. Waters, Christy, Patricia Plantamura, Christopher Burke and Sheryl Goff are running for City Council. The top two vote getters will win terms of three years, seven months. Waters, 64, served two terms in the Florida House of Representatives before stepping down in 2006 due to term limits. She was elected to the City Council in 2009 and intended to run for Dennis Jones state Senate seat but failed to raise enough money to run a competitive campaign. For Christy, 60, this will be his third try for a City Council seat following a pair of unsuccessful bids in 2010 and 2011. City councilors earn $5,562 per year. WATERS, from page 1A WATERS, from page 1A Afternoon delight Photo by BOB McCLURETwo fishermen try out the incoming tide Jan. 4 under the Johns Pass Bridge in Madeira Beach. Anglers are reporting recent catches of silver and speckled trout.he added. I think we need to strategize this issue.Edmunds said the next step would be a study of options by the plans actuary a move that has been approved by the citys fivemember pension trust fund board. Were going to be looking at ways to reduce (fire department) operating costs and the increasing cost of the pension, Edmunds said. Among the options, he said, would be to go to collective bargaining with Local 2896 of the International Association of Fire Fighters to alter some of the benefits, cut costs or raise taxes to pay for the pension. Lastly, if all else fails, we could look at other retirement plan options, Edmunds said. The city is contributing $943,901 to the pension fund this budget year, which is 11.5 percent of the department budget. Over the last five budget years, the city has contributed $4.7 million to the pension fund. In other action, councilors: Approved annexations of properties at 9270 Ridge Road and 12077 97th Ave. N. Approved spending $6,135 from the Capital Improvement Fund for computer equipment at City Hall and Seminole Community Library. Passed a resolution to enter into an interlocal agreement with Pinellas County to address annexation of enclaves. Type A enclaves are areas in the county, surrounded by the city. Seminole has two such areas. PENSION, from page 1A By BOB McCLURESEMINOLE City leaders are crafting a resolution in support of the Florida League of Cities efforts to lobby state legislators on the return of local control for firefighter pension plans. The Florida Division of Retirement now handles decisions regarding pension benefit eligibility. If successful, the Leagues efforts would allow local officials to make pension decisions involving local police and firemen pension funds. We are asking for pension reform, said Councilor Thomas Barnhorn, a member of the Leagues board of directors. Were basically asking for pension control to come back to the local level, as opposed to the state level. Richard Schomp, a city firefighter and chairman of the citys fire pension board, disagreed with the terms of the resolution. I dont think this is the right resolution to send up to Tallahassee because it doesnt represent our city, said Schomp. Barnhorn said a major catalyst for the change came about when state officials declared an obese St. Petersburg law enforcement officer disabled and awarded him full pension benefits. The former officer then turned around and applied for a position as a code enforcement officer in a neighboring city. Somewhere there has to be something drawn in the sand, said Barnhorn. We cant continue to do this. Were asking to allow cities to make these decisions. Schomp disagreed with a statement in the proposed resolution referring to the current pension plan system as unstable, unsustainable and unreliable. Thats not true, said Schomp. Were not unstable. Were very stable. We have a good, sound pension plan managed well by Mr. (City Manager Frank) Edmunds. Schomp also disagreed with another portion that stated prior to 1999 the city was able to bargain locally with Local 2896 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. We still bargain that benefit, he said. That hasnt changed. Schomp also did not agree with a section that states disability presumptions and other loopholes in the pension laws threaten the citys taxpayerfunded pension plan. There are no loopholes, Schomp said. Every year we use an independent review and use an actuary to make suggestions. This is an attempt by the Florida League to take back home rule, Councilor John Counts said. The state of Florida dictates now and probably nothing is going to change because they dont want to give it up.Pension resolution discussed
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After fine-tuning their plan, the consultants are expected to submit an implementation strategy for its first five years, I dont want this to sit on the shelf, said Mayor Frank Hibbard, who will be term-limited out of office before the plan can be implemented. We either buy into these suggestions or we dont. And the ones that we buy into, we put a price tag on. Lester R. DaileyPinellas Park to decide on adding fluoride to city waterPINELLAS PARK Residents within the Pinellas Park water service district could have fluoride added back into their water supply, despite a recent decision to stop the practice at the county level. The city would have to spend about $108,000 for one-time infrastructure costs and about $71,000 annually to supplement its water with fluoride, Public Works Administrator Tom Nicholls said. City staff has been researching the cost and feasibility of the project at the direction of the Pinellas Park council. Its very doable, Nicholls said. Its really not that expensive. County commissioners voted 4-3 to stop adding fluoride to the water in October, a decision that became effective Jan. 1. Pinellas Park is a wholesale customer of Pinellas County Utilities and therefore affected by the decision. But fluorinating the water at the city level is just a matter of adding extra tanks in the citys two pumping stations at 7301 Belcher Road and 7650 Bryan Dairy Road and the equipment to inject the fluoride into the water supply, Utilities Director Keith Sabiel said. Maintenance would include monitoring fluoride levels on a daily basis. Staff is still investigating whether that would involve hiring a new position or whether existing staff could be shifted to fill the responsibility, Sabiel said. Its going to take probably six hours a day for operation, he added. City staff will give a full presentation on the issue during the next workshop Jan. 24. The council, which has largely spoken out against the countys decision, will weigh in on any changes to city water based on staff findings. The issue has been a point of controversy and cause for heated debate in Pinellas County. Proponents for keeping fluoride in the water supply say that the practice helps residents, especially those who cant afford good dental care, to prevent dental decay. Others argue that ingesting too much of the chemical over time can lead to adverse health effects. Juliana A. TorresBar owner gets stern warningINDIAN ROCKS BEACH What probably should have been a routine matter for the City Commission on Tuesday turned into more than an hour-long discussion and ended with a bar owner getting a warning from members of the commission. When an establishment with a license to serve alcohol changes ownership, the commission must approve the continuation of the license. It is usually fairly routine. And that is what Heather Boles, the owner of Coasters Bar & Grille, thought she was in for when she appeared before the commission. But thats not what she got. Commissioner Cookie Kennedy began by saying all the commissioners have been inundated with complaints from neighbors of the bar at 1309 Gulf Blvd. The complaints have all been about noise. They are not happy, said Kennedy of the neighbors. Look, we want you to do business in our community and we want you to be successful, but you must also be a good neighbor. Mayor R.B. Johnson picked up the scolding when he told of walking by Coasters late at night with the music blaring, both inside and outside. Ive had my ears full, he said. Resident Jim Labadie continued with a challenge. I have asked bar owners in the past to walk across the street and if they can still hear the music coming from their place, then it is too loud. But no one has ever taken me up on it, he said. You have to play fair when you are in the playground. All this was news to Boles. She said she was glad to have come before the commission because she had no idea the neighbors were so angry about the noise. The police have never been called and that would have been the only way I would have known there was a problem, she said. Boles explained to the commission that she bought the bar in 2009 and hired a manager while she pursued a career in the medical field. But she said when she learned the manager was embezzling from her she quit her job, fired him and took over management of the bar herself. She said she keeps the doors closed at all times when there is loud music inside. Johnson later commented, The doors are never closed. There are two doors and they are always open. In the end Boles agreed to keep the doors closed and to kill the outside speakers after 10 p.m. Then the commissioners unanimously approved her request for the continuation of her license. But not without one last word of warning from Commissioner Terry Hamilton-Wollin. Dont look at your customers as your livelihood, look at your neighbors. If you go sideways on them they can shut you down. Brian GoffNuisance birds multiply despite warningsBELLEAIR BEACH At last months City Commission meeting, Mayor Kathy Mortensen issued a stern warning to residents who are illegally feeding federally protected bird and wildlife species. Dont feed the birds, she said. If you dont stop doing this, we will let the state and federal authorities know about it, and they will be out to visit you. So far that hasnt happened, and the number of large birds, especially wood storks, is increasing, according to Lori Nelson, a resident of W. Hibiscus Drive. The birds have been gathering at a yard next to Nelsons, and at another property at the south end of town. Nelson first notified the commission of the problem in November. Nelson said the situation has become so out of control that residents walking their dogs past the neighbors house are subject to complaints that the dogs are disturbing the birds. She tells (the dog owners), Please get out of the road and have your dogs quit bothering the birds. The big birds are multiplying, as are raccoons and rats on the property, Nelson said. Police have been out, but apparently have said there is nothing they can do. Nelson has put her home up for sale, but she said potential buyers see the birds and leave. Mortensen said she has visited the property and described the scene as unbelievable. There were 30 or 40 birds, about 20 wood storks. The excrement on the pavement is unbelievable. Vehicle windshields are totally white, she said. The situation is not fair to the property owners or the birds, Mortensen said. She vowed to get tougher on enforcement, and outlined several approaches. The city could pass an ordinance banning the feeding of most wildlife species, a route Gulfport has taken. A preferred method, she said, is to enforce existing laws banning the feeding of federally protected wildlife species, which she said covers the birds in question. Mortensen said she had spoken with wildlife biologists on the subject. Nelson was skeptical her neighbor would comply. She knows the law is on her side, Nelson said. Wayne AyersPinellas Clerk plans Valentines Day weddingCLEARWATER Ken Burke, clerk of the circuit court, announced he would be hosting a group wedding at Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo on Valentines Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14. This is the sixth year the Clerks Office has hosted this event, which has become a county tradition. The Florida Botanical Gardens provides the perfect setting for this very special day for the couples, said Burke. The clerk has waived the normal $30 fee to perform the marriage. Standard marriage license fees will still apply. To participate, couples must sign up at any Pinellas County Clerks office by Friday, Feb. 3. The number of couples may be limited due to space. In order to be eligible to register to participate in the 2012 wedding event, application for a marriage license must have been made by Dec. 19, and on or before Feb. 10. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Wedding Garden at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Couples will receive a special, commemorative marriage certificate, which will be mailed within one week from the date of the ceremony with the official certificate of marriage. All couples should arrive at the Botanical Gardens by 1 p.m. on the day of the event with their marriage license and identification. For more information regarding the process and locations to apply for a marriage license, contact Recording Services at 464-3008, or visit the Clerks website at www.mypinellasclerk.org. PINELLAS, from page 3A
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When the subject entered the store, with his black hoodie drawn over his face, he attempted to draw a firearm from his waist area. The storeowner was armed and challenged the subject who then fled on foot. The subject had been at large until Jan. 12. On that date, the same subject, from the previous Steves Qwik Mart attempted robbery, used a firearm and robbed the QuiCk Food Mart at 7149 Ulmerton Road. The two stores are close to each other in proximity. After this robbery, the suspect fled on foot toward an apartment complex on Ulmerton Road. Officers and detectives from the Largo Police Department as well as the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office helicopter and a K9 officer from Pinellas Park joined the hunt to locate the suspect. Conversations with witnesses and intelligence derived from the previous robbery led officers to David Lee Larry, 22, of Largo. Police charged Larry with two counts of armed robbery. He is being held in Pinellas County Jail on $100,000 bond.Police arrest 2 on drug chargesLARGO Largo police arrested two men Jan. 11 who were charged with selling marijuana. According to the departments Facebook page, detectives from the Largo Police Departments Special Operations Unit, along with officers from the Problem Oriented Policing Unit and the TAC Team arrested Jarquis Bowens, 24, of Clearwater and Marquis Gordon, 27, of Largo on several charges, which include the sale and possession of marijuana. During the arrest, multiple bags of marijuana were seized totaling 129 grams. Additionally, more than $2,000 in cash was seized along with a set of scales. The individuals arrested are listed below, along with their respective charges. Bowens was charged with three counts of sale or delivery of 20 grams of cannabis; three charges of felony possession of marijuana; unlawful use of a twoway communications device and possession of paraphernalia. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater. Bond was set at $50,000. Gordon was charged with one count of sale of marijuana, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana. He was released from jail Jan. 12 on $10,000 bond.Man pleads guilty to child pornographyTAMPA A Largo resident and former special agent for the Department of States Bureau of Diplomatic Security pleaded guilty Jan. 5 to one count of transportation of child pornography before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas G. Wilson in the court of the Middle District of Florida. The Largo Police Department posted the news on its Facebook page Jan. 9, as one of their own, Detective Corey Monaghan was the primary investigator in the case against James Charles Cafferty, 45, who faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Monaghan is part of a task force directed to patrol the Internet for child predators. According to court documents and proceedings, Cafferty, who was a special agent for the Department of States Bureau of Diplomatic Security, purchased memberships in several child pornography websites. A subsequent search warrant executed at Caffertys home revealed hard drives containing thousands of child pornography files. Cafferty admitted during an interview that he had shipped these hard drives from London to his home in Largo. Cafferty faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, as well as the possibility of lifetime supervised release. Cafferty also faces a fine of $250,000. The FBI, the Department of States Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Largo Police Department investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Colleen Murphy Davis is prosecuting the case for the Middle District of Florida and trial attorney Andrew M. McCormack of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the Justice Departments Criminal Division. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims.Men arrested for dentist robberyCLEARWATER A burglary to a dentists office that happened between Nov. 16 and Nov. 17, and a sting operation that was done to locate the stolen items, valued at more than $37,000, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook announcement. With the help of detectives, the dentist placed an ad on Craigslist for the stolen property. Through this investigation, Robert Kinzinger and Dana Eson were identified as suspects after trying to sell the dentist back his stolen property. They were both arrested. Kinzinger, 42, of Clearwater is charged with violation of parole for burglary of an occupied dwelling, two counts dealing in and trafficking stolen property, and dealing in stolen property. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail and bail for his three stolen property charges was set at $20,000. No bail was set for the violation of parole. Eson, 48, of New Port Richey, was charged with a Pasco County violation of parole for possession of a controlled substance, and two counts dealing in stolen property. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail. Bond for the stolen property charges was set at $10,000.Police warn lock your doorsCLEARWATER The Clearwater Police Department is still investigating many burglaries to unlocked vehicles and reminds the public to help avoid this from happening to them. These burglaries are not forced entries or smash and grabs. They are a crime of opportunity from people not taking the few extra seconds to ensure that their vehicles are locked and secure. To send an anonymous tip via text message to the Clearwater Police Department, text CWPD and your tip to TIP411 or use the online form at www.clearwaterpo lice.com.Man charged with sexual batteryCLEARWATER Crimes Against Children and Families detectives arrested a man on sexual battery/kidnapping charges that happened in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on Sept. 30, 2011, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook report. The victim, a 47-year-old woman, was at Plaza Park sitting on a bench when the suspect approached her, the release said. The suspect forced her to walk with him to a vacant house, struck her several times and forced her to have sexual intercourse, the report said. Reginald Bryant, 46, of Clearwater was arrested on Jan. 10 and charged with sexual battery and kidnapping. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.Pedestrian dies after hit by fire vehicleCLEARWATER Clearwater Police are investigating a vehicle versus pedestrian crash that happened on drew Street and Orangeview Drive that happened at 6:14 p.m. on Jan. 9. According to a preliminary investigation by the traffic homicide investigators, a fire department vehicle a Chevy Suburban was traveling with emergency lights and sirens activated when a pedestrian, Johnny Matney, 41, walked into the path of the vehicle, was hit and died at the scene, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook report.The pedestrian was not using a crosswalk and it was dusk at the time of the crash. The driver did not see the pedestrian until right before impact and was unable to avoid the collision. Alcohol is believed to be a factor on the part of the pedestrian, the report said.Police warn of huffing, smokingCLEARWATER The Clearwater Police Department is warning the public about huffing, smoking or consuming substances, which are not intended for human consumption. A 19-year-old boy drowned recently after reportedly smoking an herbal incense called Jazz, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook report. The investigation is ongoing, and toxicology investigations are under way to determine what else was in his system and if this was a contributing factor in his death. Jazz is sold legally, but it is not intended for human consumption, the report said. There are various possible shortand longterm mental and physical side effects from smoking, consuming or huffing items not intended for this purpose.
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8ABeacon, January 19, 2012 CLEARWATER The party just wont end at the recently relocated Dick Norris Buick GMC in Clearwater. Dick Norris Buick GMC is in the midst of an extended grand opening celebration at its brand new location at 18200 U.S. 19 N. The new, state-of-the-art facility conveniently situated on the corner of U.S. 19 and Belleair Road boasts a completely remodeled showroom and customer lounge area, Wi-Fi amenities and new spacious service bays. It also features a reminder of the propertys former occupant, Orange Blossom Groves: Customers will find a machine that makes orange-flavored ice cream! We still serve the orange ice cream as a tribute to the former facility, said Dan Small, General Sales Manager at Dick Norris Buick GMC. While orange-flavored ice cream sounds tempting, Small says the top reasons to buy from this family-owned dealership are the people and the selection. We have more than 400 vehicles, Small said. And shopping at Dick Norris Buick GMC is always hassle-free. Our customers receive the respect they deserve. And during the grand opening celebration, the dealership is also offering some great incentives and rebates on vehicles to kick off the savings. Dick Norris Buick GMC offers up to $1,000 owner loyalty for current GM owners. Dick and Doug Norris, owners and operators of this family owned dealership have assembled a professional team well versed in the products they represent. They offer easy terms including zero down and zero percent financing and the most competitive pricing on vehicles in the area. Whether youre researching new Buicks or GMCs, new or used cars, ready to buy or are looking for a reliable service and parts department, Dick Norris has you covered.2012 Buick VeranoCurrently featured at Dick Norris Buick GMC is Buicks new vehicle, the Verano. Buicks newest luxury sedan is a fully equipped vehicle with Stabilitrak, DualZone Climate Control, Tilt Telescopic Wheel and AM/FM/CD/XM/Bluetooth/USB. At $23,485, the Verano gets 31 miles to the gallon and comes with a GM 100,000mile warranty.Fuel efficient luxury vehiclesGMs newest technology is called eAssist. eAssist increases fuel economy by 25 percent. Its their equivalent of Hybrid Technology, and its available now in the Regal and LaCrosse models, and has been well reviewed by Car and Driver. Small said.Certified Pre-owned vehicleDick Norris Buick GMC also sells Certified Pre-owned vehicles. A Certified Preowned vehicle is the highest quality used vehicle on the market today, Small said. These Certified Pre-owned vehicles come with a 100,000 mile warranty, 12month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, 172 point vehicle inspection, financing as low as 1.9 percent, no-charge maintenance for two years that includes oil changes and tire rotations and 24/7 roadside assistance in other words, no worries! Dick Norris Buick GMC is proud to offer a wide selection of used cars, used trucks and used SUVs that are like new. The dealership also has a great selection of vehicles that fit every budget. Affordable financing options and quick quotes on new or used cars, trucks and SUVs are available.Upcoming eventsThe premier Clearwater Buick and GMC dealer will host a number of community events in the coming weeks to help keep the grand opening festivities going. On Thursday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m., the monster truck Gunslinger will be at our dealership, said Small. This is an exclusive opportunity to bring the kids or grandkids out and meet the driver and obtain his autograph and get up-close and personal with the vehicle. The Monster Jam event is taking place at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 21. We will also be giving away free barbecue and tickets to Monster Jam, Small said. So, it should be a lot of fun for families to come out. Other upcoming events include: Wicked Wiches Food Truck Friday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games2U Game Bus Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo To You Saturday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to noon Wicked Wiches Food Truck Friday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Dick Norris Buick GMC at 18200 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Call 727-536-1967 for sales or service or visit www.dicknorrisclearwater.com. 18200 U.S. Hwy. 19 North, Clearwater (Corner of Belleair and U.S. 19 N.)Join the grand opening celebration at Dick Norris Buick GMC PAIDADVERTISEMENT011912 Dean Roong Company earns A+ rating from Better Business Bureau ROOFINGSince 1946 A+ Rated For more than 60 years, Dean Roong Company in Clearwater has provided honest and reliable roong replacement and repair services to customers throughout the Tampa Bay area.There is no better proof of Dean Roongs excellent reputation than the A+ rating the company recently received from the Better Business Bureau. Based on customer satisfaction, reliability reports and an overall solid track record, Dean Roong has repeatedly proven that it is the roong company on which homeowners and businesses can rely. It simply doesnt get any better than the highest honor of an A+ BBB rating. 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9A Beacon, January 19, 2012 Contact Us at727-231-4300www.JillMcDonald.com firstname.lastname@example.org U.S. 19 N. Suite 252 Clearwater Bankruptcy the word carries a significant stigma. When faced with bankruptcy or even when simply considering it as an option its easy to be overwhelmed by feelings of fear, dread or shame. According to Jill McDonald, bankruptcy attorney, those feelings are common but unwarranted. You arent a failure for looking at bankruptcy, Jill said, explaining that people need to change the way they look at bankruptcy. While the financial circumstances that led up to the decision may be discouraging, bankruptcy is a necessary step toward regaining control of the situation. If I had a business and I was losing money, Id have to know when to draw a line and start fresh, Jill said. People need to look at their personal finances like its a business. At a time when creditors are hounding you about overdue payments, filing for bankruptcy can give those hampered by extreme debt time to breathe. Filing for bankruptcy is a business decision, Jill said. Its not a moral failing.Getting a fresh startClients can expect personal attention, respect and convenience when visiting the law offices of Jill McDonald. She meets with clients at two Pinellas locations, including a Clearwater office in the Executive Center, 25400 U.S. 19 N., Suite 252, Clearwater; and a St. Petersburg office, at 3851 62nd Ave. N., Suite J, Pinellas Park. Jill has been practicing bankruptcy law exclusively since 2008, focusing on helping those in need of debt relief and keeping up to date on the latest legal developments in the field. Jill is active in several professional bankruptcy organizations, such as the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association. Her affiliation with these organizations allow her to be on the cutting edge of bankruptcy law changes. In the community, Jill serves as a board member and volunteers for SPOT: Stop Pet Overpopulation Together in Pinellas Park. SPOT volunteers opened a low cost spay/neuter clinic in Pinellas Park in 2009. The initial consultationAttorney Jill McDonald will carefully listen to you and ask questions regarding your assets, debts, income and expenses. Filing bankruptcy is an important decision, Jill said. We know that you will have lots of questions and concerns.Jill will explain the different types of bankruptcy. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy allows individuals and families who are experiencing financial difficulties to wipe out their debts and start over. Most credit card debt, lines of credit, bank loans, medical bills, and past due accounts are discharged in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy provides for a reorganization or consolidation of debt through reduced affordable payments budgeted to income and living expenses. A Chapter 13 Bankruptcy can also immediately stop foreclosure proceedings and allow up to 60 months in which to catch up with your delinquent home and auto payments. The goal of our office is to give you the information you need to make an informed decision, Jill said. Costs are always discussed up-front. You will find that our office is an excellent value and always keeps your budget in mind.Removing the burdenAs soon as you retain our office to file your bankruptcy case, we take the burden of calls from aggressive creditors off of you and your family, Jill said. When a creditor contacts you, you simply give them our office name and number. Once paperwork has been filed with the bankruptcy court, the court will notify all of your creditors. If creditors need to reach you, they will instead contact our office, Jill said. This gives you time to take care of your family while you get a fresh start. Dispelling the myth: Bankruptcy isnt the end of the world PAIDADVERTISEMENT011912 CLEARWATER When you walk through the front doors of Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment, youll be utterly astounded by the spectacle set before you. Spread out across the stores sprawling, 12,000square-foot showroom, appealingly staged, is an extensive selection of fine furniture and accessories from various time periods but thats just the beginning. The store is a virtual treasure chest, full of fascinating finds at reasonable, realistic prices. So, what precisely is Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment? Though the owners have 20 years of experience in the retail furniture industry and carry a wide range of high quality new and used home furnishings, customers will find so much more as they browse the collections displayed in the gallery. Though shoppers may find select vintage pieces as they stroll through the showroom, the business is no stuffy old antique store, either. And though the surprisingly affordable prices might suggest otherwise, Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment most certainly isnt a cluttered thrift store. The vast selection and professional, attractive style in which the inventory is exhibited truly makes Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment stand out from the competition. We have high-end furniture, lighting fixtures, costume jewelry, crystal, art glass and stemware, said Maddie Diaz, owner. In our boutique, we have designer clothing, purses and footwear. Fine furniture currently featured at the store includes a new Jaymar three-seat sectional with taupe Chenille fabric and a chaise; a Vic-Line custom designer chair boasting bright colorful fabric, solid chrome circular arms, ball legs and an accompanying ottoman; and a solid 1-inch granite-top dining table with Maplewood base and chairs. 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The professional staff at Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment takes great care in artistically staging consignment items, presenting them in their upscale gallery and making them irresistible to the right customer. They will pay you 50 percent of the selling price and automatically mail your proceeds to you on the 10th day of the month following the month in which it was sold. Whether you are buying or selling, visit the spectacular showroom at Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment to see what kind of treasures await you. Stop by to check out all of the affordable designer and name brand furniture and the unique, quality accessories that this fashionable yet reasonably priced outlet has to offer. Design Outlet & Consignment is at 1928 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Suite B, Clearwater. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 216-6432 or visit www.dfoutlet.com. Find your treasure at Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment PAIDADVERTISEMENT011912 For the right investors, municipal bonds can be an important part of an effective investment portfolio, according to Elizabeth (Liza, pronounced Lizza) Campa-Flanagan, Certified Financial Planner with Raymond James Financial Services Inc. Liza recently sat down and discussed the appeal of municipal bonds. Often exempt from federal taxation, municipal bonds also can be free of state and local taxes for investors residing in the state where the bonds were issued. Interest from certain municipal bonds are not subject to federal income tax but may be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax, state or local taxes. If you sell or redeem a municipal bond at a profit, investors may be subject to capital gains taxes. What I find is that for investors in relatively high tax brackets the yields of municipal bonds often exceed the after-tax yields of comparable quality corporate bonds, Liza explained. Municipal bonds, also known as munis, are debt obligations issued by state and local governments as well as other governmental entities to fund projects such as building highways, hospitals, schools and sewer systems. For example, the Pinellas Trail was funded with municipal bonds, Liza said. A growing number of municipalities and municipal agencies also issue taxable bonds that provide yields comparable to those of other taxable fixed income securities such as corporate bonds and/or bonds issued by agencies of the federal government. The muni market, despite dire predictions last year, has not been rocked by a wave of defaults, Liza said. In fact, some issuers are seeing improvement in their financial position, thanks in part to the positive, yet admittedly uneven economic growth this past year. That growth may be slim, but it has still been enough to boost income and sales tax receipts in many states, providing relief for their ongoing budget headaches. From Wisconsin to New Jersey to Florida, onceunthinkable spending cuts are in the works in many state capitols, occasionally accompanied by political brawling. As state and local governments shelve projects they can't afford, one byproduct of the new frugality is less borrowing, Liza explained. Less supply helps to bolster muni bond prices. Of course, state and local governments still vary widely in the scope of their budgetary discipline, with the markets tending to favor those who are actually reducing the size of their budgets. And while widespread defaults seem unlikely, an increase in municipal credit downgrades has been occurring, which means that investors need to work with a professional like Liza who can keep abreast of any changes in an issuers financial situation. All this simply underscores what has always been true but wasn't always quite so evident: The muni market includes many types of bonds with many levels of credit worthiness. For example, while some local general obligation bond issuers face continued pressure from weak real estate tax revenue and reduced state aid, issuers of revenue bonds in the same region with well-defined income streams could conceivably earn upgrades given balance sheet improvements that have already occurred, Liza said. For investors who cherish the tax advantages and relative stability of this asset class, the issue is how to find and hold the right munis the ones that offer rewards commensurate with the risks. I have continuously updated bond inventories of members of the BondDesk Electronic Communications Network, Liza said. Raymond James plays a significant role in Market Making operations and has traders that specialize in certain regions of the country and certain types of bonds. I can search for offerings, from a specific state, or within certain maturity ranges, or certain price ranges, as well as specific types of bonds of a specific quality. Liza also can offer a detailed analysis of an investor's existing bond portfolio. All investments involve risk, including possible loss of principal. Fixed income investments are subject to interest rate and credit risks. As interest rates rise, bond prices fall, reducing the value of fixed income securities. There is also a risk that an issuer will be unable to make principal and/or interest payments. Certain investors may be subject to the federal Alternative Minimum Tax, and state and local taxes will apply. Capital gains, if any, are fully taxable. It depends on the individual tax situation. Liza is focused on providing an integrated advice platform for all clients offering investments and capital markets solutions, as well as a full range of trust, banking and credit services accessible through the Raymond James Bank FSB, and Raymond James Trust Company. Through Raymond James she can offer an array of investment alternatives and services equivalent to almost anything Wall Street has to offer. The office of Elizabeth (Liza) Campa-Flanagan, Certified Financial Planner with Raymond James Financial Services Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, is at 645 N. Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs. She can be reached at 727-585-1212; or visit Lizas Web site at www.raymondjames.com/LizaCampaFlanagan. *Investments mentioned may not be suitable for all investors. Consult with your Advisor before investing. Any opinions are those of Liza Campa-Flanagan and not necessarily those of Raymond James Financial Services or Raymond James. Any information is not a complete summary or statement of all available data necessary for making an investment decision and does not constitute a recommendation. 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A donation to the ALS Association will allow fans to receive a wristband, which grants the opportunity to get autographs from Rays players and coaches. Rays TV and radio broadcasters and more than 25 former major league players also will sign autographs for free throughout the day. Rays ticket sales personnel will be available to assist fans throughout the day in the purchase of season tickets, Opening Day tickets, single game tickets and a special Fan Fest pack offer.Youth hoops registration startsSEMINOLE Registration is under way for the citys 10th annual youth basketball league at the Seminole Recreation Center. The league is open to boys and girls born between 1997 and 2002. The season runs from February through May. The fee is $85 per child with a recreation card. A non-competitive instructional basketball program for children born in 2003 and 2004 also will be available. The fee for this program is $40 per child with a recreation card. The league is also looking for volunteer coaches. Coaches are required to have past playing experience or a working knowledge of basketball. All coaches will complete a volunteer coachs application and receive a background screening. The city also seeks team sponsors. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information, call Keith Tickner at 397-6085.Registration starts for volleyball leagueSEMINOLE Registration is under way for the citys adult co-ed volleyball league, which begins play Feb. 9 at the Seminole Recreation Center. Players 16 and older are eligible. Teams will consist of 12 players. Games will be played on Thursday nights. For more information, call Keith at 397-6085.Karate lessons set at rec centerSEMINOLE The DoJo Martial Arts Academy is offering karate lessons at the Seminole Recreation Center in January. Classes for ages 5-7 are Mondays 6 to 6:40 p.m., and 6:45 to 7:20 p.m. for ages 812. The cost is $45. 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Bouncing soft-plastic jigs, working with the current, will allow you to move around until you find them. Under most conditions these fish will eat a soft-plastic jig as well or better than a free-lined shrimp, however, the shrimp excel when the water gets too cold for the trout to be active enough to chase down a jig. Sheepshead fishing is also very good right now; schools of larger sized fish are staging up around the big bridges in Tampa Bay as well as pass bridges connecting to the Gulf and the nearby deep docks. Scraping the oysters and barnacles off the surrounding pilings will chum up the sheepshead and get them into a feeding frenzy. Small pieces of shrimp work great for bait, and veteran sheepshead hunters will tell you a free-lined fiddler crab around the docks will fool even the wariest sheepshead. Once the Gulf calms down a bit I would expect that the silver trout fishing will get good again. Hard-bottom areas around Redington pier and Johns Pass have been holding schools of silver trout ranging in size from 12 to 16 inches. Brightly colored soft plastic jigs work great on the silvers and many anglers will often use a tandem rig, the extra jig will help keep your rig vertical while drift fishing and once the school is located its not uncommon to catch two at a time. Until Next Week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail .com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNwe ekly.com. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Briey Rowdies plan Select-A-SeatThe Tampa Bay Rowdies plan their annual Select-A-Seat event on Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg. Fans will have an opportunity to tour Al Lang Stadium and pick their 2012 season seat location. Rowdies players will be in attendance to sign autographs and meet with fans. There also will be interactive activities for fans of all ages on the field and food will be available for purchase at the concession stands. The Rowdies will begin their 2012 North American Soccer League season on Saturday, April 7, in Puerto Rico. The Rowdies host FC Edmonton in their home opener on Saturday, April 14. Fans who cannot attend the open house are welcome to contact an account executive to set up an appointment or make a seat selection over the phone. For more information, call 813-287-1539 or email tickets@fctam pabay.com.Honda Grand Prix tickets availableST. PETERSBURG Tickets to the 2012 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, scheduled March 23-25, have gone on sale. Tickets for the event range in price from $20 to $125. Paddock passes also are available starting at $40 for an adult single day pass. Reduced rate tickets are offered to juniors, ages 12 and under, in certain ticket categories. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gpstpete.com or by phone at 877-283-5385. The event will mark the start of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season for the second year in a row, ushering in the global debut of the new IndyCar chassis and the much-anticipated return of competition among engine manufacturers. The marquee race will continue to be the IZOD IndyCar Series and will mark the eighth year of racing on the streets of St. Petersburg. The event will serve as home race to a number of Florida residents including Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves, who is the only two-time winner in St. Petersburg. Other drivers to compete include former winners Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Ryan Briscoe and Graham Rahal, along with fierce competitors Marco Andretti and Scott Dixon, among others. The 2012 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg also will hold a special tribute for the late Dan Wheldon, who was a local resident and won the events inaugural race in 2005. Organizers have established a committee consisting of city, IndyCar, race officials and other stakeholders to determine memorial plans and will announce details in the new year. The new IndyCar chassis, designed by Dallara Automobili, will make its first appearance of the season during the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. In honor of Dan Wheldon and his efforts in testing the car during the 2011 season, the new chassis will be labeled DW12. The 2012 season also will showcase three engine manufacturers, creating room for more competition than ever before. Honda, the sole engine supplier of the series since 2006, will be joined by Chevrolet and Lotus to provide turbocharged V-6 engines to competing teams, a move from last years V-8 engine. In addition to world-class racing, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will keep race fans entertained with interactive activities in the Brighthouse Speed Zone, live music, exhibits, great food concessions and beer gardens, and much more. The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is run on a 1.8-mile, 14-turn waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, the Salvador Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport.
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Block constructed, tiled roof home sits on a generous 72 x 119 lot with original terrazzo floors, recently installed Miami-Dade hurricane windows & hurricane-grade garage door. Open living/dining/Florida Room space is perfect for entertaining and opens out to a brick paver patio accented by a corner pergola. Remodeled, enlarged and upgraded kitchen with restored hardwood cabinetry, tiled floors and appliances. Large fenced backyard. Situated in a quiet, established neighborhood, just minutes from shopping, dining and other activities. MLS#U7518552. Giunta. $248,500. ENJOY PEACEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGSIn this condo community of Sea Towers, with lots of social activity and little work activity! Its a friendly, well-managed, self-owned/selfmanaged condo association complex. We have a clubhouse for meetings, dances, cards, pool tables, library, sewing, exercise, etc. There are a lot of walking paths around the lagoon and throughout the complex. Youre gonna like what you see! MLS#U7521748. Riskin. $85,000. LIVE THE FLORIDA DREAMFirst floor unit with screened enclosed porch. Great waterfront complex. Walking distance to beach. Tile floors throughout with fresh coat of paint. Condo amenities include a large clubhouse, two heated pools, billiard room, sun deck, spa, exercise room, fishing pier, and security gates. On-site maintenance and management. Can be rented while you are away. Can be sold furnished. Great investment!!! MLS#U7523337. Lofgren & Ruhland. $125,000. THIS IS A MUST SEE!This home, built in 1994, features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The master bedroom offers a master suite setup complete with private bath. Skylights throughout, this home is light and bright and features a split bedroom plan with a separate indoor laundry. MLS#U7524648. Ball & Sundell. $129,900. CUSTOM BUILT 4BR/3.5BA/4 CAR GARAGEWOW, what a house WOW, what a price! Located on over a quarter of an acre. This corner lot, 3,290 sq. ft. home offers it all nothing spared here. 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End unit with updated kitchen featuring gas stove for the true chef, microwave, dishwasher and a water osmosis system. Washer and dryer in the utility room and updated double pane windows all around. Wood floors in the living room, tile in the kitchen and baths plus wood laminate in the bedrooms with a back screenedin patio area. Seminole Hill Villas is a friendly place with a recreation hall, shuffleboard and pool. Right around the corner is Boca Ciega Millenium County Park and the Gulf Beaches are only minutes down the road. Reasonable maintenance fee of $232 a month, so come buy a piece of paradise and start enjoying life! MLS#U7535252. Schnitzler. $54,900. AFFORDABLE CONDO IN SEMINOLE GARDENSFantastic price! 1BR/1BA with screened porch. Unit is in good condition and is next to the elevator. 55+. No pets. Furnished. Monthly fees of $324 include taxes, water, cable, roof, insurance and more. MLS#U7535274. Jarnberg. $19,900. 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Laundry room and storage unit on the same floor. This complex is within walking distance to a bus stop, stores, banks, workout rooms and restaurants, and only a short 15 minute drive to white sand beaches and easy access to the interstate. MLS#U7535366. Schroeder. $45,000. 010512 5010 Seminole Blvd. 727-431-2253Acowing9@hotmail.com CORRECTIVE PERSONAL TRAINING Longer Drives Decrease Back and Hip Pain Less Chance of Missing Shots Due to Fatigue Correct Muscle Imbalances Causing Your Slice Increase Stamina, Finish Strong Reduce Chance of Injury011912 6 Weeks to Better G lf Class Whats Sellingin Pinellas County Beautiful home located in desirable Holiday Park. 3 bedroom plus office with over 2,300 Sq. Ft. Gorgeous kitchen with granite and stainless steel. Large screened lanai w/salt pool and waterfall.Sandy HartmannRealty Executives Adamo Sandy Hartmann & Associates St. Petersburg 3BR/2BA/2CGAR $236,500 SOLD Clean and well maintained home. 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So., Largo Professional Compassionate From left, Dejan Mitrovic, Luda Shulman, Terry Morehouse, Raj Patel and Karen Selby celebrate sales and listings landmarks at Prudential Tropical Realtys Seminole office.Biz notesSarkisian earns CDPE designationSEMINOLE Leon Sarkisian recently earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance, with a particular emphasis on short sales. Sarkisian is a real estate agent with Prudential Tropical Realtys Seminole office. At a time when millions of homeowners are struggling with the possibility of foreclosure, the skills and education amassed by Sarkisian will help benefit Pinellas County-area residents and communities. Short sales allow the distressed homeowner to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even if it is lower than what is owed on the property. Prudential Tropical names top associatesSEMINOLE Prudential Tropical Realty recently recognized the top associates for the fourth quarter of 2011 as well as the top-listing associate for January 2012 for the Seminole office. Terry Morehouse, Luda Shulman and Raj Patel are the top three Realtor-associates for the fourth quarter. Dejan Mitrovic is the top-listing associate for January.Keller Williams Gulfside names top agentsCLEARWATER Keller Williams Gulfside recently announced its top agents for December 2011. Top agents included Andy Burwell, Jackie Diaz, Pam Douberly, Donna Hastings, Becky Hencoski, Joe Hencoski, Karin Johnson, Cindy Kisida, Rich Kisida, Dennis Straight and Jo Walker. Top Keller Williams Gulfside agents for December 2011 are, front row, from left, Donna Hastings, Karin Johnson, Becky Hencoski, Andy Burwell and Jo Walker; back row, Rich Kisida, Cindy Kisida, Pam Douberly, Jackie Diaz, Joe Hencoski and Dennis Straight Leon Sarkisian Coldwell recognizes top associatesSEMINOLE The Bayou/Bardmoor office of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate recently announced the top associates in its office for the month of December. Debi Balogh, who specializes in the Bayou/Bardmoor area, was recognized as the top listing associate and the top selling associate.Minich to present marketing updateST. PETE BEACH D.T. Minich of the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Convention and Visitors Bureau will present an update on the countys marketing efforts at a Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce Learn at Lunch session Thursday, Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m., at the Don CeSar Beach House, 3860 Gulf Blvd. Debi Balogh Grand opening Photo courtesy of WILDA WHITTLESeminole Dental held an open house and grand opening Jan. 12 for its new office at 11210 Park Blvd. The office is now in a larger, more high tech facility for its patients. From left are Seminole city commissioner Jim Quinn, Sheryl Munsey, Amanda Munsey, Cassie Soffos, Dr. Monica Doyle, Laura Hooper, Luis Ortega and Mayor Jimmy Johnson.The cost is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. Call 360-6957.Beachfront Fitness adds SilverSneakersNORTH REDINGTON BEACH Beachfront Fitness, 73 170th Ave., is now partners with the nationally-recognized Healthways SilverSneakers fitness program. 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Beth Wonsicks first-period class came in first place for the most toys collected while Richard Lallys class was a close second. The school collected and donated nearly 400 toys. From left are Assistant Principal Lois McKee, student coordinator Alexis Kelly and U.S. Marines recruiter Sgt. Michael Curro. SPC math chair receives honorSEMINOLE Lisa Borzewski, the academic chair of mathematics at the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College, is one of 15 educators nationwide named a 2012 Distinguished Educator by the Instructional Technology Council. The ITC is an organization that advances distance education through leadership, professional development and advocating, collaborating, researching, and sharing exemplary, innovative practices and potential in learning technologies. Borzewski was nominated to receive the Outstanding eLearning Faculty Award and was chosen by SPC as an exemplary member of its learning community. I felt very thankful, Borzewski said about the recognition. I am fortunate to have such good advisers, mentors and peers who teach online classes and share ideas with me. We bounce ideas, new techniques and best practices that weve found off each other. In her classes, Borzewski has been working with a Livescribe Smartpen, which allows her to create a digital version of her lecture and notes called a pencast for her online students. The technology captures her lecture, shares the audio and records and shows what she writes, giving her students a near in-class experience. Im able to give a more personal touch to online math explanations, she said. It allows me to show them my writing while they hear my voice, so it feels a lot more personal than typing something out. Borzewski said other SPC instructors are using the technology and that it has made a difference with my students. The awards will be presented Feb. 20 at the eLearning 2012 Conference Recognition Luncheon in Long Beach, Calif.Largo magnet program opens doorsLARGO The Exploring Careers and Education in Leadership magnet program at Largo High School is an option for students seeking challenges beyond the traditional classroom. ExCEL offers a philosophical change to education its not what we teach, its how we teach. This magnet program promotes hands-on activities and projects to support classroom instruction that can be applied in real world situations. Students retain more because they are active learners engaged in meaningful lessons, a school news release said. ExCEL students explore various careers through one-on-one career shadowing. Freshmen and sophomores in the ExCEL program participate in two career shadow experiences per year while juniors participate in only one. Students in their senior year have opportunities to take on internships with local businesses and service organizations through ExCEL elective courses. Some recent examples of career shadowing and internships include the following: Ashley Barber, who is considering a career in law enforcement, spent the day riding in a police car with a local patrol officer. Nadia Torres, initially shadowed a pediatrician thinking it was the career path for her. After spending a day as a hands-on participant in the medical field, she decided she might pursue a career in law instead. Last summer, she completed a paid internship with a judge, earning over $1,600 and establishing valuable contacts for future reference. Shelby Allen, who is considering becoming a teacher, spent the day in a first grade classroom teaching students through Junior Achievements Reading to First Graders program. Trae Hanie, who shadowed the CEO of Gatorland Zoo for a day. Trae got to see an insiders view of what goes into running an established business in our Florida tourism economy. There are not many school programs that actually give their students credit for having their picture taken on the back of a 12-foot alligator during the school day. But, this is what makes ExCEL different. The ExCEL curriculum is designed to develop leadership skills, confidence, creativity, and interpersonal skills that will be essential to any career choice. Rigorous courses such as honors, advanced placement, dual enrollment and early college are all offered through the program. ExCELs hands-on approach to education causes students to become very comfortable with public speaking and group presentations. This is not the kind of program that will keep students from having a social life. ExCEL students are involved in every sport, club, activity and organization on Largo High Schools campus. These students are really getting the most from their high school experience. ExCEL is currently seeking 8th or 9th grade students who have: 1.) A minimum 2.5 grade-point average 2.) Passing FCAT scores 3.) Acceptable attendance and discipline records To apply for this program, go to www.pcsb.org and click on the Student Reservation System link in the bottom right corner. If you have questions about the ExCEL program or the application process, please call us at 588-4622 or visit our website at www.excel.pcsb.org .SPC choral group headed to CarnegieThe Madrigalians, St. Petersburg Colleges music ambassadors, will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday, March 11. The ensemble will perform a concert in collaboration with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and two other ensembles. The group was invited by Manhattan Concert Productions, said Vernon Taranto, director of choral activities at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. The Madrigalians, a select choral performance ensemble comprised primarily of music majors, has performed nationally and internationally. In 2008, the group performed in SPCs Musical Ambassadors Russia Tour in which the group traveled to Russia to perform for audiences in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Orenburg. This will be the Madrigalians first performance at Carnegie Hall. The groups performance is part of the production companys Masterworks Series that will take place March 8-12. Fifteen choral ensembles will rehearse and perform, and three of those groups will perform in each concert. The Madrigalians have been fundraising to pay for the trip by selling Christmas wreaths and collecting donations at performances. The Student Government Association at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus also helped by paying for the groups airfare.Wikle elected School Board chairwomanRobin L. Wikle was elected chairperson of the Pinellas County School Board at a recent organizational meeting. Wikle was elected to the school board in November 2008. She is a native Floridian, born in Tampa and relocated to Pinellas County in 1977. She graduated from Pinellas County Schools and received a masters degree in special education from Florida State University.
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This is not a lift chair, its an exercise chair 14A SeminoleWellness Expo set at rec centerSEMINOLE The City of Seminole Recreation Division plans its 11th annual Fit Over 50 Health and Wellness Expo Thursday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N. The event will feature health and wellness seminars, a healthy salad buffet, a vendor expo, hands-on fitness/wellness demonstrations, giveaways, drawings, and health screenings. In addition, many senior friendly businesses will be on hand to discuss their products. Call Duane Crandall at 391-8345 for additional information.Registration starts for Pow Wow paradeSEMINOLE The city of Seminole Recreation Division is seeking participants for the 44th annual Seminole Pow Wow Festival Parade Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. to noon. This years theme is Let Freedom Ring. There is no cost to participate, however, applicants must be approved in advance. Deadline for applications is Feb. 22. Contact Duane Crandall, Recreation Program Coordinator at 391-8345 for an application or download online at www.powwow festival.com.Daddy-Daughter Dance plannedSEMINOLE Tickets are on sale for the city of Seminole Recreation Divisions 11th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m., at the Seminole Recreation Center. Tickets are $50 per couple and $15 per additional daughter. The theme is Candyland. Semiformal attire is required. Substitute fathers are welcome. Father or daughter must be a Seminole Recreation member. For more information, call 391-8345.Quinn, Waters plan town hall meetingSEMINOLE City councilors Jim Quinn and Leslie Waters plan a town hall meeting Monday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m., in the Seminole Gardens Apartments auditorium to update residents on the citys economic initiatives. Also expected to attend are City Manager Frank Edmunds and Mark Ely, the citys community development director. Among the discussion topics will be an update on the status of the Seminole Mall. Admission is free.Historical Society to discuss railroadSEMINOLE It took Henry Flagler eight years and $23 million to build The Railroad that went to Sea. Destroyed by a hurricane in 1935, a road to Key West was built in its place. Railroad enthusiast and author Robert Stanton, vice president of the Seminole Historical Society, will tell the group the story of a nearly impossible railroad project and the astonishing overseas highway that replaced it. The program will be presented Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Room 210B of the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. Admission is free. The public is invited to attend. For further information, call 391-1433.Event pays tribute to late entertainerLARGO A tribute to Jazz & Connie, in honor of the late local entertainer Connie Smith, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, 3 to 6 p.m., at Liberty Lanes Lounge, 11401 Starkey Road. The event features musicians, food and dance. Smith, 90, and her late husband owned a New York country club. She was a true entertainer which was reflected in her style, dress and parties. Jazz & Connie motivated her life, said Linda Broeske, who is helping to promote the event. She is greatly missed but the jazz big band music she loved will continue every Wednesday, 3 to 6 p.m., at Liberty Lanes.Teen Ping-Pong tourney slatedSEMINOLE The city plans its first teen PingPong tournament Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. All Ping-Pong players in grades 6 to 10 are invited to participate. Prizes will be award to the top three finishers. For more information, call 391-8345.SPC plans digital arts open houseSEMINOLE The St. Petersburg College Department of Digital Arts, Media and Interactive Web Design plans a digital arts studio open house Thursday, Jan. 19, 12:30 to 6 p.m., in UP310 on the Seminole campus. The event will feature a green screen demonstration, new game lab, digital media projects from past students, a display of video cameras and digital media software exhibits. For addition information, email keefe.delynda@ spcollege.edu.Womans Club plans scholarship fundraiserSEMINOLE The Pinellas Seminole Womans Club plans its annual scholarship fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m., at the Holiday Inn Harbourside, 401 Second St., Indian Rocks Beach. The event will carry a Mardi gras theme with door prizes, lunch and a fashion show. Tickets can be purchased for a $30 donation by calling Pat at 709-3778.Around town
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With Super Bowl 46 just around the corner, its time to line up a few football experts and get their comments. As you may know, Ive always suspected the real mission of athletes and coaches is to keep from saying anything distinctive, anything that an average person couldnt surmise just from reading newspapers or watching a few games on TV. By speaking in clichs, these highly-paid men and women keep you and me the fans from learning things that might somehow cost them money. But I could be wrong. Im always hoping to interview a jock that isnt afraid to speak up and be different. Our three experts today are head football coach Ron Swolp of Nebraska Tech, quarterback Gitchey Gooma of Honolulu State, and linebacker Morris Chunck of Holy Mother of God College in Lemming, Mass. Q. Coach Swolp, Ill start with you. Give us your thoughts on the first principles of football. A. The most important one is baw control. Q. What kind of control? A. Baw control. Forgive my speech impediment I have trouble pronouncing Ls. To have any hope of winning, a team has to get the baw, grab that baw, squeeze that baw, and keep that baw. If you dont control the baw you cant win the baw game. Q. And how do you get control of the baw, coach? A. You jump on the opposing team, even when theyre down, scream and curse and bend their fingers back until they release the baw. Then you keep that baw for the rest of the game. Q. But isnt that illegal? A. Who cares? The name of the game, the bottom line at the end of the day, is WINNING! And winning comes from one thing: baw control! Q. Thank you, coach. Quarterback Gooma, in your opinion, who had the best college football team this year? A. Arguably, it was Alabama. Q. What does the word arguably mean, Gitchey? A. I havent the faintest idea, but I keep reading it in the sports columns. At first I thought it meant some new way to gargle, but I was wrong. I gotta tell ya, I have to admit it makes me feel smart when I use it. At this point Morris Chunck, the linebacker, breaks in and says, Thass whats wrong with modern football, man too many smart alecks usin their brains instead of their muscles. Q. Give us your thinking, Morris. A. In the old days, football was a mans game, knowummean? They didnt have all this padding and protection. You came on the field with a jersey and a helmet, and not much else, you feel me? Our daddies and granddaddies didnt have no rat cage built around their faces, and gloves everywhere. And all these new rules about not roughing the quarterback or the kicker? Heck, man, if those guys were scared of getting hurt they should have gone out for the debate team, not the football team. Getting hurt was what you was SUPPOSED to do, knowummean? In the old days they didnt have no pass interference rules. If somebody tried to stop a receiver from catching a pass, his teammates just jumped the defender and interfered with his breathing and walking for the next couple of weeks. Coach Swolp joins in. Thass right, thass right. The name of the game was gettin the baw, no matter how you did it. Q. Let me ask all three of you: What does every team need to do in order to win at todays football? Coach Swolp exclaims Wasnt you listening? Jimsus cross, I just gave you the Golden Rule: get the #%!! footbaw and hang on to it! Gitchey Gooma says, Every team has to find a go-to guy who steps up and makes plays and has his game face on and takes care of the football and gives 110 percent for sixty minutes of every game. Thats all there is to it. As Knute Rockne once said to Ernie Lombardi, or maybe it was the other way around, you gotta have players who are always willing to win one for the Gipper. Morris Chunck chimes in, Smash-mouth football is what Im talking about, you hear me? Smash-mouth, knowummean? Q. Final question: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is famous for answering sportswriters questions by saying, It is what it is. What do you think he means by that? A. Morris Chunck: He means the answer is obvious. Case closed. Gitchey Gooma: He means further speculation is useless. Hes employing Wittgensteins theory of infinite rainbow chasing. Coach Swolp: He means hes fed up with dumb questions from unimaginative sportswriters. Q. Do you think most interviewers ask dumb questions? A. Coach Swolp: Just check the transcript of this interview, pal. Theres your answer.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an e-mail at email@example.com.Three experts talk about footbawRun the bad guys out of city hallEditor: I am a past Madeira Beach City commissioner and I am angry! I am angry because my city is going down the toilet and many of our apathetic citizens are letting it happen, for the second time. Approximately 8 years ago, the same cast of characters that are in control now were in control of the Board of Commissioners and others in city government. Fortunately, a number of concerned citizens recognized the need to take action then, and did. We got up out of our chairs and took appropriate actions to get the bums out. Unfortunately, over time, they managed to wrangle their way back under the same direction of unscrupulous individuals that previously sought to control City operations. Today the citizens of Madeira Beach face the same dilemma. Some of the same people are back and more are being postured to return. The City is in a state of disarray. The mayor and the commissioners elected in March have been responsible for the intimidation, firing or creating conditions leading to the removal of all but one of the senior staff that existed before March. Of course, they touted how much money was saved since March. Duh! No key employees money saved. They have been fumbling for months to get interim or permanent staff to attend to the running of the city and are failing miserably at that. Even the press has identified how exceptionally screwed up the city has been since March. It has also been noted by many that we have become the laughing stock of the county, and probably the state. To further emphasize this lunacy, the March Gang of 3 voted to hire past city manager, James M. Madden, as interim city manager, a former Madeira Beach City Manager. By the way, he had been fired from Pinellas Park before coming to Madeira Beach. He sued the city before he became Madeira Beachs interim city manager, and the suit is still open with the next hearing on Feb. 14. He now has the audacity to register to run for District 2 city commissioner while still employed as interim city manager. Hello! Does that mean he would be suing the city even after he might be miraculously elected? As soon as he became interim city manager, Madden clashed with the permanent fire chief, Bill Mallory, who served as interim city manager prior to him. He then hired a previous fire chief, Darryl ONeal as interim fire chief. Wouldnt you know it; Mr. ONeal had also been fired from Madeira Beach. Is your head spinning yet? And there is more! Well, I and other concerned citizens have had it. We have rounded up a posse of Madeira Beach citizens and we are going to be working pretty hard to run the bad guys out of City Hall. My plea to the citizens of Madeira Beach is to get up out of your chairs and do something to save your city. Start with a commitment to vote this March. Do some research and vote for the candidate you feel will best serve the citizens of Madeira Beach and not their own interests or the interests of others. Lets get our city back on track. Len Piotti Madeira BeachPraise for article on drug monitoring programEditor: Thank you very much for the wonderful profile you (Tom Germond) did on the development of Floridas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Both Greg Giordano (chief legislative assistant) and myself truly appreciate the excellent work you did detailing the ups and downs and finally the victory of creating the PDMP and the subsequent crackdown on pill mills that followed. I am sure that Greg would agree with me that this is one of my top personal accomplishments as a legislator. Your willingness to bring attention to the scourge of prescription drug abuse, and the states efforts to combat it, has helped make more people in our community aware of the problem and the solution. I look forward to reading more chapters in your series. Again, thank you for your good work on this extremely important issue. Please know that if there is anything I can ever do to assist you I am only a phone call away. Mike Fasano State senator, District 11 New Port RicheyKeep the Clearwater Airpark smallEditor: On Tuesday, Jan. 10, I attended the informational meeting to expand the runway of the Clearwater Airpark by up to 800 feet. The room was full and both sides were very passionate about their views. The airpark is not a bad thing; its a nice small airpark in a nice small residential area. But that is what it needs to stay. The person who stated with venom and arrogance you knew you bought a house near an airport so if you dont like it move was, well, really arrogant. As a matter of fact there was a lot of that going around. But the correct statement would be the houses were bought near a small airpark. One that needs to stay small. Its an airpark, not an airport. The airpark needs to be self-sustaining, so the expansion is driven by money. If they make the runway bigger they then can attract more planes and bigger planes. Which is exactly what the residents dont want can you blame them? Since the 1990s to my knowledge two planes went down, and it had nothing to do with the safety of the runway or the size of the runway. But the residents have valid points. If the runway gets bigger the airpark will be advertising itself as new and improved with a great safe runway come to us when visiting Tampa Bay! That air traffic will affect the quality of life and safety of the citizens. Noise, fumes and if one of those bigger planes goes down lets not even go there. Now I have heard that bigger planes cant land because they are too heavy even if there was an extra 800 feet. And that, my friends, is exactly the problem. Because in my heart I know there will be another meeting in five to 10 years that says we have the runway for these planes but lets get a grant to get the runway strengthened; we need the revenue these bigger planes bring in. Its what politics does crack the door open a bit. Get 10 to 20 percent of what we want now and then down the road we can blow that door full open. But its really simple. Its a small airpark, in a residential neighborhood; keep it small. Maintained, safe and small. If anyone wants a bigger airport just a few miles away you have the St. Pete Clearwater Airport. Its that simple. Now, the small airpark does have nice benefits. The airpark is way above sea level and if we had a major storm, supplies could be dropped. The airpark hosts JAARS every year. On the grounds is Civil Air Patrol a great organization run by great people. The Young Eagles program is terrific and I intend to take advantage of their wonderful flight event in March. Clearwaters vision statement includes the words a wonderful place to live and play. Keeping the airpark small will enable the residents to have a wonderful place to live and the pilots a place to play. Sounds like a great compromise. Vonabell Sherman ClearwaterObama an impractical idealistEditor: In 2008 the American people thought they wee electing a young forward looking president who would lead us to a prosperous future. Unfortunately, President Obama has become an impractical idealist. i.e.: he has refused to apologize to millions of taxpayers for bailing out many European countries. Under these circumstances the problem is Europes collectiveness government that is in shambles. If President Obamas administration continues to mint European socialist policies abroad, the U.S. will fall to pieces also. Moreover, still today, President Obama refuses to learn from his mistakes. He seems to like stimulus bills because he gets to use big government to allocate massive sums of money to their favorite projects. This list is endless. We can only hope that our upcoming election delivers us a leader who will embrace Reagan economic policies. Joan Atkins Palm Harbor There is a certain sappiness and intrigue about soap operas that Ive never been able to resist. So, it is with a heavy heart that I lament the recent endings of two of my favorite stories as my mother used to call them. First, All My Children bit the dust and then just last week I tearfully watched the final episodes of One Life to Live. Seriously, it made me cry. How crazy is that? Actually, its not half as crazy as the infinite storylines over the years that featured every conceivable, and sometimes inconceivable, twist and turn involving love, loss, death, rebirth, success, failure, power, helplessness, humor and tragedy the very talented teams of writers could dream up. The actors understandably get the accolades from soap operas adoring fans, but it is the writers who made it all come to life. It has always been their words that drew me and so many other devotees to life in Pine Valley and Llanview. I worry about their fate after what is sadly becoming a dying art form the daytime drama. I never would have believed that could happen. In the insanity that seems to have overtaken daytime television, the made-up lives of dozens of interesting made-up people have been replaced by boring cooking and self-improvement shows featuring obnoxiously perky people. I vow to never watch The Chew or The Revolution. The promos alone make me gag. Perhaps its a generational thing that had me shaking my head at this despicable programming decision made by the managerial types at ABC. Theyre probably too young or too focused on the bottom line to appreciate what soap operas have always meant to us aging baby boomers. My addiction started as a young girl when Mom and I would often watch All My Children together. She would fill me in on episodes I missed in those days before DVRs and the Internet. Erica Kane was in high school when we watched together and Phoebe Wallingford was the woman you loved to hate as she schemed and connived. Everyone wanted their parents to be like Joe and Ruth Martin. Tad the cad was irresistible. Those were the days! Sigh Contrary to those who think soap operas are just silly romantic yarns, the storylines through the years often have been the first to mirror real societal struggles involving issues such as addiction, rape, homosexuality, HIV, and the loss of a child. I am 100 percent confident such catharsis has helped thousands of people over the years. Bidding farewell to two of my favorite soaps really was like losing friends Ive known for years. No matter how bad my day was going, somehow it was always comforting to tune in and know that even if things werent all right that day, sooner or later they would work out. There would typically be healing. Plus, as an added perk, dead is never really dead in the soaps! As long as there is a good story to tell, people come back to life all the time and it makes perfect sense. It is on that note, in fact, that One Life to Live ended last Friday. So, Victor is alive? How can that be? (Cue the organ music.) My only consolation is that General Hospital lives on at least for now. I hear some of the Llanview folks will surface in Port Charles. 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Affiliated with Morton Plant, Largo Medical and Northside Hospitals. Pinellas Internal Medicine Associates 727-544-83008130 66th Street North, Suite 1 Pinellas Park112411 Here and there Indian Shores plans book saleINDIAN SHORES The staff of the Indian Shores Library will host a book sale Sunday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the town Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd. A variety of old and new books, as well as magazines, will be available for purchase by donation. A Chinese New Year bookmark will be given to donors while supplies last. Complimentary tea and fortune cookies will be served. Nonprofit organizations interested in taking all or a portion of unsold books after the sale can call 542-9742.Yard sale slated in St. Pete BeachST. PETE BEACH The city of St. Pete Beach plans its next yard sale on Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m. to noon, at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. There are both 10-foot by 10-foot indoor and outdoor spaces available on a first-come basis. The cost is $15 for SPB residents and $17.50 for non-residents. Call 363-9245 to reserve a space. There is no fee for shoppers.Safe boating classes plannedTREASURE ISLAND The Boca Ciega Sail and Power Squadron is offering a safe boating class on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 23 and ending Feb. 1. The course is designed for boaters using all types of watercraft and satisfies the Florida State Boating Law requirements. The course covers general information about boats, personal watercraft, maintenance, boating safety as well as boating laws and regulations. Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible for a free six-month membership in the United States Power Squadron and take advantage of the other educational opportunities afforded to members. The class will be conducted at the squadron building, 130 126th Ave. at Lagoon Lane on the south side of Johns Pass in Treasure Island. The cost for materials is $35. For information and to reserve a seat contact the course chairman Nick Miller at 424-1810. Visit www.usps.org/localusps/bocaciega.Cousteau to speak at Chamber dinnerST. PETE BEACH Pierre-Yves Cousteau, the youngest son of Jacques Cousteau, will be the speaker at the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerces Annual Dinner Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach. Cousteau is exploring partnership opportunities in Pinellas County, specifically with the University of South Florida. The chamber also will announce its Business of the Year recipients and upcoming programs in 2012. Those attending should email RSVP@TampaBay Beaches.com or call 360-6957.Indian Shores library to expand operationsINDIAN SHORES Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 7, the Indian Shores Library will add Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. to its regular Monday, Thursday and Saturday operating hours. The extra day will continue throughout February and March.Oil painting classes plannedINDIAN SHORES Beginning oil painting classes are being offered at the new Indian Shores Town Hall beginning Thursday, Feb. 2, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Classes are run on a continuous basis with a monthly registration fee. Students will learn about paints and brushes, color mixing, composition, all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting. The fee is $80 for each four weeks of instruction. Students must supply their own materials. The instructor is Betsy Schoepf of Indian Rocks Beach who has been painting for over 40 years. For additional information or to register, call Fifteen members of Gulf Beach Mason Lodge No. 291 were installed as 2012 officers during a ceremony on Jan. 7.Madeira Masons install new officersMADEIRA BEACH Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291, 14020 Marguerite Drive, installed its lodge officers for 2012 on Jan. 7. Jim Harris, the grand master of masons for the state of Florida, officiated the installation with assistance from right worshipful Chas Jordan, district deputy grand master of the 21st Masonic District Donald Harriott as installing chaplain, and worshipful Bob Davidson as installing organist. The new officers are M. Fernando Salazar, worshipful master; John Anthony, senior warden; Ismael Montes, junior warden; Howard Knapp, secretary; David Webster, treasurer; Michael Pagnotta, senior deacon; Travis Palladeno, junior deacon; Steve Nelson, senior steward; Carl Moore, junior steward; Allen Godfrey, chaplain; Pete Bengston, marshal; Jonathan Ferguson, tyler; Matt Ness and Steve Fetherman, conductors; and Ed Pinkham, musician. Assisting in the installation was worshipful Ed Smoak on bagpipes, and the honor guard from Sunshine Commandery No. 20 in St. Petersburg. Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291 was chartered in 1950 and has been an active force on the Gulf Beaches for 60 years. For more information, visit www.gulf beachlodge.org. Schoepf at 595-1083 or email bschoepf1@tam pabay.rr.com. Indian Shores Town Hall is at 19305 Gulf Blvd.Friday Morning Market returnsTREASURE ISLAND The weekly Friday Morning Market is again under way and will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place and 106th Avenue, through April 13. The event features over 40 vendors, live music, food, jewelry, and arts and crafts. Parking is free. The Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors the market.Bike safety program setTREASURE ISLAND The Florida Department of Transportation is offering free bicycle and pedestrian safety educational classes through its WalkWise Tampa Bay campaign at the Treasure Island Community Center, One Park Place. A 30-minute WalkWise BikeSmart program will be offered on Friday, Feb. 3, 5 p.m. The program covers WalkWise pedestrian information, as well as Florida bicycle laws, traffic crash statistics and demographics for bicyclists, and important safety tips for riding in the roadway and on the sidewalk. 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Faith & Family 17A Beacon, January 19, 2012 Obituaries Barbara Ann STOCK97, passed away January 11, 2012. She was born June 25, 1914. She is survived by her brother, John Steir of Illinois; her daughter, Roberta Ann Brooker of Seminole, Fla., and son, Ronald (Judy) Stock of Wisconsin; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Christ The King Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.; 11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo, Fla. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33760 or Christ The King Lutheran Church. 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This award-winning group spends nine months out of the year performing before thousands of people at Dollywood and has been the resident gospel group there for the past 27 years. Doors will open at 6 p.m. A love offering will be taken. There will be a dinner prior to the concert, but tickets are required. A dinner ticket includes a reserved seat for the concert. For information, call 381-3642.Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg ST. PETERSBURG The Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg will host its third annual gala, In Perfect Harmony, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., at the Nova 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. In addition to live and silent auctions and a lavish buffet, entertainment will be provided by internationally acclaimed Israeli musician, Yoel Sharabi. Sharabi, a sabra who grew up in Tel Aviv and currently resides in Queens, New York, plays drums, piano, guitar and the recorder. However, it is his dynamic tenor voice and warm personality that have dazzled audiences in Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Russia and the United States. Closer to home, Sharabai has performed at the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey, Place Des Arts in Montreal and New York Citys Carnegie Hall. He often involves the audience in his performances, which include songs ranging from Israeli folk tunes to Yiddish and Middle Eastern songs to Broadway musicals. Tickets for the gala are $65 a person and sponsorship opportunities range from $750 to $18,000. For information on becoming a sponsor, donating auction items or the event in general, call Rabbi Alter Korf at 344-4900 or visit www.chabadSP.com.Pasadena Presbyterian ChurchST. PETERSBURG A Trash and Treasures Sale will take place Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 100 Pasadena Ave. N. Attendees should use the entrance on Pinellas Way. Signs will be posted. A light lunch including hot dog, chips and soda will be available for $3 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 345-0148.Temple Beth-ElST. PETERSBURG The 39th annual Art Festival Beth-El will run Saturday through Monday, Jan. 28-30 at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S. The annual fine art exhibition and sale started in 1973 with only 20 artists. Art Festival Beth-El now showcases more than 150 national and international award-winning artists. This highly acclaimed fine art exhibit and sale is well known as one of the premier shows in the Southeastern United States. Space has grown from one gallery to six galleries throughout the facility featuring original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry. This years judge, Matthew McLendon, will be awarding more than $7,000 in prize money to the outstanding artists in the show. The festival also offers a large selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints from Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor. A large outdoor sculpture garden will feature a variety of fun and unusual pieces for gardens, offices or large buildings. The boutique gallery will offer fine art and craft at moderate prices. An elegant preview cocktail reception will be presented Saturday, Jan. 28, 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $25, which can be purchased at the door. Art Festival Beth-El is free and open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with light lunches and snacks available to purchase. The Avenue of the Shops, a one-day sale of fun art, jewelry and crafts, will be free and open to the public Monday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 347-6136.Calvary Episcopal ChurchINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Amy Hartsough and Nichole Annis will present a program of opera arias and duets featuring music by Barber, Faur, Offenbach, Satie, Strauss and Sondheim on Sunday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m., at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St. Hartsough and Annis are two emerging artists on the national scene. Hartsough was recently voted the 2012 Opera Idol of St. Petersburg. A free-will offering will be taken in support of the student choral section leader program at Calvary. A light reception will follow the concert. Call 595-2374 or visit www.calvaryirb.org.Our Lady Of LourdesDUNEDIN A Carpenters tribute show will be presented Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Conmy Center on the Our Lady Of Lourdes campus, 750 San Salvador Drive. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature an eight-piece band of professional musicians presenting the timeless classics of Karen and Richard Carpenter, the No. 1 selling musical act of the 1970s. The event will include hors doeuvres before the performance and coffee and dessert at intermission. Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the Sisters of St. Clare. Call 593-8195 or email email@example.com.Interfaith Prayer Breakfast setDUNEDIN The Board of Trustees and the UPARC Foundation will host the 17th annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 a.m., at the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. This event will include the presentation of the Champion of Hope Award to honor the memory of the UPARC Foundation founder Dr. William E. Hale. The Champion of Hope award will be bestowed upon a community leader or leaders who embody the passion, integrity and long-term commitment to the community exemplified by Hale. Ryan Nece, eight-year NFL star and business and local community leader, will be the guest speaker. The program will begin with breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a message from Nece and concluding with the presentation of the Champion of Hope Award. For reservations, call 797-8712.
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Like us on Facebook for Special Discounts 011912 727-954-3450 727-954-3450 Beach nourishment projects get countys attention By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pinellas County commissioners approved three agenda items on the subject of beach nourishment during their Jan. 10 regular meeting. The first two, part of the consent agenda, concerned projects at Upham and Sand Key beaches. The third was about the future of projects at Treasure Island.Upham BeachUpham Beach, on the north end of St. Pete Beach, is Pinellas Countys most rapidly eroding beach, according to staff notes. In 2005-06, the county built five temporary geotextile T-head groins (geotubes) in an effort to slow erosion nourishment projects. Due to the success of those structures, the county now proposes to replace the temporary structures with permanent rock T-head groin structures in 2013. Commissioners on Jan. 10 approved an agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to fund a feasibility study on erosion control structures proposed for Upham Beach. The cost of the $1.3 million project will be split between the U.S. Department of Engineers, scheduled to pay 50 percent, with the remaining balance split between the county and the state. Pinellas Countys share is $339,600 to be paid from the coastal management section of the capital improvement budget. The study must be done as a requirement by the federal government to determine its level of funding for construction of the permanent structures. Upham Beach is considered a feeder beach by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Nourishment projects benefit not only the area where new sand is added, but also benefit beaches to the south as the sand that erodes is transported south feeding beaches on the rest of the island. Construction of the temporary T-head groin structures was considered an experiment by the state, which required the county to prove the effectiveness in slowing down the erosion before permits would be given for a permanent solution. County staff and a consultant believe the structures have done their job and the FDEP is supportive of the structures. Thirty months after the 2006 nourishment project, the public beach was 100 feet wider than it would have been without the structures. The geotubes significantly slowed the loss of nourished sand, staff said in its report. The temporary structures have been repaired several times since the initial installation. They were repaired each year from 2008 to 2010. Staff says the structures are now fully functional with no apparent damage. Not everyone approves of the construction of erosion-control structures, including the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit group for the protection and enjoyment of oceans, beaches and waves. A consultant employed by Surfrider said in a 2011 report that the structures have been somewhat successful in retaining sand but had not met the design goal of nourishment at six-year intervals, as opposed to every four years as has long been the schedule for Upham Beach. The design of the permanent rock structures was completed in 2011 and a permit application has been submitted. County staff expects the permit to be approved in 2012 or 2013 in time to be constructed during the next nourishment project for Treasure Island and Long Key in 2013.Sand KeyCommissioners also approved an amendment to an agreement with FDEP for the 2012 Sand Key Beach project, currently scheduled to begin in March. The project will bring in new sand for 8.7 miles of Sand Key Beach, from Clearwater to North Redington Beach, excluding Belleair Shore, which does not have public beach access. The project will include Belleair Beach, despite concerns that the city may not have sufficient public parking to qualify for state funding in the future. The cost of the $21 million project will be shared between the county, state and federal government with Pinellas Countys share coming in at just over $4 million. The federal government is expected to pay nearly $13 million. The original agreement with FDEP was approved in 2007 and has been amended twice. The new agreement approves additional dollars for the project being paid for by the state. The countys share will be paid for from the coastal management section of the capital improvement program.Treasure IslandThe final matter approved by commissioners looks to the future of funding for beach nourishment projects in Treasure Island. The 50-year authorization period for federal participation in construction and funding for nourishment projects for that citys beaches expires in 2019. Staff says a legislative fix has been found for the problem but it requires an amendment to the Water Resourced Development Act. Approval of the amendment would allow the Corps to continue with studies to evaluate and assess the need to extend federal participation in ongoing projects. Staff recommends that the county send letters to Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio urging them to get the necessary amendment before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for consideration this year. Staff also advises the commission to send a letter to the chair and ranking member of the EPW Committee. Treasure Island was one of the nations first federal coastal storm damage reduction projects. The project was started in 1969 and ends in 2019. The only older project was started in 1965 in Carolina Beach, N.C., and ends in 2015. County staff says the Carolina Beach project will be a test case to see how the federal government proceeds with extending its participation in beach nourishment projects. Beach nourishment projects not only are important to sustaining coastal areas for the tourism industry, they ensure adequate protection to the mainland from tropical storms and hurricanes. Without continued support and funding from the federal government, the countys share of costs to continue nourishment of its beach could become very expensive to taxpayers and visitors. Pinellas County is a peninsula with nearly 588 miles of coastline. There are 35 miles of sandy beaches on 11 barrier islands.
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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesBeacon Section B January 19, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com This weeks top five Top 5 this week Bus Stop, by William Inge, presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, Jan. 19-29, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $11 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org. This 1956 Broadway hit tells the story of a misfit group stranded in an isolated western bus stop during a snowstorm. Marilyn Monroe embodied the role of Cherry in the Hollywood version of this comedy/drama. The Florida Orchestra: Music for Lovers part of the Pops Series; Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcen ter.org. The performance will be repeated Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. A final performance will be presented Sunday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The orchestra will celebrate romance with sizzling torch songs, beautiful ballads, luscious love themes and more by Richard Rodgers, Barry White, Cole Porter, Dolly Parton, Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, Ennio Morricone, Barry Gordy and others. The concert will feature guest conductor Steven Reineke as well as vocalists Mike Eldred and Betsy Wolfe. Seven Guitars, by August Wilson, presented by American Stage Theatre Company, Jan. 20 through Feb. 26, in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org. Floyd Barton is a natural musician with a hit song and, in the expansive atmosphere after World War II, he dreams of the big time. But as the play begins, his wife and friends mourn his death. In Wilsons only play constructed in flashback, Seven Guitars takes us back to explore what happened. Who killed Floyd Barton, but more importantly, why? This play contains mature subject matter and language. Seconds from Broadway, by Neil Simon, presented by West Coast Players, Jan. 20 through Feb. 5, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. Simons clever wit is at work again in the dialogue among the characters who gather in the Polish Tea Room, 45 seconds from the heart of Broadway. These entertainment personalities offer a glimpse into those who have a connection, in one way or another, to one of the most famous areas of New York City. Gordon Lightfoot Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $42.50 to $79. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The master songwriter who penned If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald loves both writing and touring. Since his emergence from the Toronto folk club scene in the s, Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums including his latest, Harmony. He also has composed hits for artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Harry Belafonte and Nina Mouskouri. Other events scheduled:Seminole Classic Movie Matinee, Friday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole. The featured film will be My Geisha. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Seminole Library. Call 394-6905. Family Movie Matinee Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole. The featured film will be Winnie the Pooh Movie. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Seminole Library. Call 3946905. Author talk and book signing, Monday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole. Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:Red TailsGenre: Action, adventure and war Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Daniela Rush, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Brandon T. Jackson and Ne-Yo Director: Anthony Hemingway Rated: PG-13 In 1944, the war in Europe was continuing to take its toll on Allied forces. The Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country and the fate of the free world.HaywireGenre: Action, adventure and thriller Cast: Gina Carano, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender Director: Steven Soderbergh Rated: R In the gripping new spy thriller from director Steven Soderbergh, a female covert ops specialist goes rogue when she discovers that the very people she has trusted with her life have double-crossed her, putting her and everything she values in jeopardy. Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is a highly trained operative working for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. 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The production runs through Jan. 29 at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueactorstudio.org. Mary Kay Cyrus directs this production of Passengers, taking full advantage of the theaters leanness. Passengers presents eight vignettes which all take place in a small bus station. The compact theater draws audience members into the minimalist set: Viewers may as well be waiting for their own bus departure as they watch each episode unfold. Bobricks eight scenes segue sinuously. The playwright got his start writing for Captain Kangaroo and went on to a successful career in television, working on titles such as The Andy Griffith Show, Get Smart, The Flintstones, Bewitched and Gomer Pyle, USMC. Bobrick eventually became involved in theater, cowriting Norman, Is That You? in the early 1970s. Since then, he has written more than 30 plays, including The Psychic, winner of the 2011 Edgar Award. Passengers brings to mind Bobricks television background with its skit-like sequences. The scenes range from amusing to touching as travelers interact in the bus station. In the opening scene, a restless salesman convinces an armchair poet that they have both died and are waiting on a bus to transport them to the afterlife while a third party grows increasingly agitated at their ravings. While Walter and Jane each acknowledges living an unfulfilled life and welcomes death, reality eventually spoils their morbid fantasy. The next scene involves a would-be robber and his unrelenting wife. Clara wants Frank to succeed at something in life, even if he has to become a criminal to do it. Frank, however, proves to be an eternal loser. The first act reaches its humorous peak in a scene involving a man who regrettably chooses not to help a woman feigning distress. She, her mother and her husband react violently to the mans apathy bullying him into embracing the Good Samaritan sense of public duty in a wonderfully absurdist vignette. Because of the plays format, each character in Passengers has to bloom promptly. Cyrus has chosen her cast wisely. Gayl Hardeman masterfully animates each of the characters shes tasked with portraying. As Jane the poet, she is a timid introvert eagerly clawing her way out of her shell. As Maureen a bad lady she is wonderfully upbeat and bubbly. In the second act, she plays Mrs. Evans, a recent widow whose capacity to forgive seems boundless. Owen Robertson makes his acting debut at Venue Ensemble Theatre in Passengers. Robertson renders meticulously convincing characters such as Walter, the disillusioned salesman ready for death to liberate him; Mr. Wade, a funeral home director who must deliver the ashes of a man killed at a circus when the fat lady fell off the high wire and landed on him; and Mace, a bus driver who is about to be unemployed because the bus station is closing. Devin ONeill also is working with Venue Ensemble Theatre for this first time. She plays four separate characters, including June, a somewhat ditzy, fickle bride-to-be. Most of ONeills characters are unlikeable: Two are domineering wives and one is a sadistic bully with lofty ideals. Her take on June, though, is different: She instills the character with just the right amount ofnavet to make her unpre dictability blameless.Daniel Rosenstrauch recently graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in theater performance. Rosenstrauch plays four characters, including Howard, Frank, Al and Bobby. As Frank, hes convincingly irresolute and insecure. As Bobby, its amusing to watch his passion for June evaporate when reality intrudes. In the final scene, Bobrick tidily wraps up Passengers by revisiting four of the plays characters meeting at the station for a final journey. Punctuated by madcap scenarios, ironic twists and an occasional zinger, Passengers is surprisingly insightful. Venue Ensemble Theatres cast successfully breathes life into this cavalcade of true-to-life characters. As director, Cyrus captures and conveys both Bobricks humor and compassion. Venue Ensemble Theatre partners with a local nonprofit organization for each production. From every ticket sold, $1 is donated to the designated benefit organization. Homeless Emergency Project is the benefit organization for this production of Passengers. HEP is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Visit www.ethep.org. Curtain CallLee Clark Zumpe
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The featured film will be The Borrowers. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Seminole Library. Call 394-6905. Proud to be an American performed by the Suncoast Singers of Florida, Saturday, Jan. 28, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11501 Walker Ave., Seminole. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. by the Honduras Mission team with a portion of the proceeds going to their cause. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each for dinner and concert or $16 each for the concert only. Advance reservations available through Jan. 24 for dinner and concert; and through Jan. 28 for concert only. Call 399-0599. Visit www.suncoastsingers.com. Broadway Today performed by the Suncoast Singers of Florida, Saturday, April 14, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11501 Walker Ave., Seminole. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. by the Honduras Mission team with a portion of the proceeds going to their cause. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each for dinner and the show or $16 each for the concert only. Advance reservations available through April 9 for dinner and concert; and through April 14 for concert only. Call 399-0599. Visit www.suncoastsingers.com.Madeira Beach Author talk and book signing Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m., at Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey will visit the library as he continues his tour in support of his most recent novel, Pineapple Grenade. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Call 3912828.Clearwater The Exhibiting Society of Artists exhibit, through Feb. 29, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. TESA will be exhibiting this winter season for three full months at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Artwork by TESAs 50 professional artist members, most of whom reside in and around Pinellas County, includes all-media works available for purchase. TESA has been exhibiting at Ruth Eckerd Hall for nearly 10 years, in the East and West Galleries located on the upper level of the main theater area. The galleries are open for viewing by Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket holders during scheduled performances. For information, call Gayle DeCoste at 474-3386. Lie, Cheat and Genuflect, by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, through Feb. 26, at the ItalianAmerican Club, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Seating for performances is Thursday through Sunday, 4 p.m. Seating for matinees is Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Cost is $29.90 a person. For reservations, call 446-5898. Visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com. The Buckle brothers, Billy and Tom, are in big trouble: Toms infallible eye for slow horses has drained away all of Billys savings and he has borrowed from loan shark Pizza Face Petrillo, who now wants his money back or else. Theres plenty of money in grandfather Buckles will, but these two black sheep are pretty sure theyll never see any of that. What else to do but dress Billy up as a nun and have him pose as their cousin who is to inherit the entire fortune? Bus Stop, by William Inge, presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, Jan. 19-29, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $11 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org. This 1956 Broadway hit tells the story of a misfit group stranded in an isolated western bus stop during a snowstorm. Marilyn Monroe embodied the role of Cherry in the Hollywood version of this comedy/drama. Stan Hunter and the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz Combo Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., in the Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Hunter is a world-class pianist, organist and composer. He has performed with many jazz greats including John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Stitt and Dexter Gordon. He can be found on recordings with Jimmy Paxton, Chris Columbo, Sonny Fortune, Gil Askey and Al Grey. Hunter is originally from Philadelphia but currently resides in St. Petersburg when not playing the international jazz festival circuit. Gordon Lightfoot, Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $42.50 to $79. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The master songwriter who penned If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald loves both writing and touring. Since his emergence from the Toronto folk club scene in the s, Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums including his latest, Harmony. He also has composed hits for artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Harry Belafonte and Nina Mouskouri. Seconds from Broadway, by Neil Simon, presented by West Coast Players, Jan. 20 through Feb. 5, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. Simons clever wit is at work again in the dialogue among the characters who gather in the Polish Tea Room, 45 seconds from the heart of Broadway. These entertainment personalities offer a glimpse into those who have a connection, in one way or another, to one of the most famous areas of New York City. Clambake, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Part of the Capitol Classics film series, the screening continues a monthlong celebration of Elvis Presleys films. Scott Heyward, played by Presley, looks like he has everything as the son of a Texas oil millionaire in this 1967 film. Although hes never short on money or women, Scott wants to find out whether those ladies actually love him or just his fathers wealth. Scott swaps places with a poor water-skiing instructor at a Florida hotel to see whether he finds true love. The film features an action-packed boat race and the songs Big Boss Man, You Dont Know Me and Presleys version of Just Call Me Lonesome. King Creole, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Part of the Capitol Classics film series, the screening continues a monthlong celebration of Elvis Presleys films. Presley stars as Danny Fisher, a young man forced to drop out of school and work to support his father. He is saved from a jail sentence when he is given a job as a club singer at the King Creole Club. The film features the number one chart-topping hit Hard Headed Women. A Raisin in the Sun, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Part of the Capitol Classics film series, Daniel Petrie directs Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil and Ruby Dee in this 1961 adaptation of Lorraine Hansberrys play. In 2005, A Raisin in the Sun was selected for preservation in the United States of America National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. Jungle Fever, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Part of the Capitol Classics film series, the 1991 drama was directed by Spike Lee and stars Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. Rodney Carrington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $33 to $53. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. A multitalented comedian, actor, and writer, Carrington has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over two million copies. Two of these albums have been certified gold by the RIAA. He also starred in his own TV sitcom, Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. He co-wrote and costarred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. According to Pollstar, Carrington was the fourth highest grossing touring comedian in 2009. He regularly performs to sold out crowds across the United States and Canada. Brandi Carlile Acoustic Trio Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $36. Call 791-7400 or visit www.attheca.com. Carlile, a Columbia Records recording artist, will return to the intimate setting at the Capitol Theatre in the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater in support of her latest release Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. The release of Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony marks the realization of two dreams for the acclaimed singer/songwriter: She got to work with a world-class symphony and record in the legendary venue in her hometown. It is the follow up to the critically acclaimed album, Give Up The Ghost, produced by Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin. Not only did it showcase her talents in their truest form, it also offered her new experiences including working with the likes of Elton John. In 2007, Carlile released The Story and the title single debut on the Billboard magazine Hot 100 singles chart. Shortly after releasing her self-titled debut album in 2005, she was named one of the 10 Artists to Watch by Rolling Stone Magazine. Her songs, Tragedy, What Can I Say and Throw It All Away have been featured in the hit TV-series Greys Anatomy. Carliles concerts are near legendary in their perfect communion between performer and audience. Whether she is rocking out with her full band or standing quietly, tantalizingly close to the edge of the stage singing a cappella, Carlile brings a riveting intensity to her shows. To Kill a Mockingbird, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lees novel of the same name. Robert Mulligan directs Mary Badham in the role of Scout and Gregory Peck in the role of Atticus Finch. Dennis DeYoung : The Music of Styx with The Florida Orchestra; Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $45 to $85. Call 892-3337 or 800-662-7286 or visit www.floridaorchestra.org. DeYoung, a founding member of Styx, will showcase the bands greatest hits spanning the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s with his six-member band and The Florida Orchestra. This symphonic rock spectacular includes top hits such as Lady, Babe, Come Sail Away, Too Much Time On My Hands, Grand Illusion, Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Suite Madame Blue and Rockin The Paradise. DeYoung wrote and sang lead on seven of the bands eight top ten hits. With one of the most recognizable voices in the music world today, in addition to being a legendary singer, he also is recognized as a songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning over 40 years. DeYoungs rock band members include Suzanne DeYoung on vocals, Tom Sharpe on drums, August Zadra on lead guitar and vocals, Jimmy Leahey on lead guitar and vocals, John Blasucci on keyboards and Craig Carter on bass and vocals. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall and book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson; presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, Feb. 23 through March 11, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org. Winner of three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards in 1978, the show tells the true story of the Chicken Ranch, a Texas brothel caught in the middle of a television crusaders campaign. Filled with colorful characters, the production contains adult situations and language.Dunedin Annual All-Media Members Awards Art Show through Jan. 31, at Stirling Art Studio and Gallery, 730 Broadway, second floor, Dunedin. The show is presented by The Exhibiting Society of Artists. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Call 4743386.Gulfport USA Dance Monday, Jan. 30, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $7 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754.Largo A Night on the Town with the Rat Pack Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $32 in advance and $37 the day of the show. Call 5876793 or visit www.largoarts.com. This tribute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin will give attendees an opportunity to relive the swing, swagger and sophisticated fun of those ringa-ding-ding days. The Rat Pack Trio has perfected the voices, the mannerisms and the banter that kept crowds enthralled until the wee hours of the morning back in the s. For todays theater-going audiences, theyre hip, cool as so very NOW. Appealing equally to folks who remember them from back in the day and to younger audiences who love the music of the era as sung by Michael Bubl and the booze and broads glamour and imagery of the era from TVs award-winning Mad Men. This topnotch tribute show has played to standing ovations at theaters across the country, selling out at Feinsteins at the Regency on Park Avenue in New York City and making it to the semi-finals of NBC hit show Americans Got Talent. Saturday Afternoon Movie Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. The feature film will be Winnie the Pooh. Call 587-6715. The Lettermen, Sunday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $43 in advance and $48 the day of the show. Call 587-6793. One of the defining LOOKING AHEAD, from page 1B See LOOKING AHEAD, page 5B
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Medium Stone Crab$12.99 lb.11055 Seminole Blvd. 392-2700 OPEN 9am-6pm Mon.-Sat. 011212J&KSEAFOOD SHACK Fla. Fresh Grouper$15.99lb. 0119121 per customer. EXP. 1-26-12$799 vocal groups of the s and members of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, The Lettermen harmony is nonstop. From their first hit in 1961, The Way You Look Tonight, to Goin Out of My Head, Cant Take My Eyes Off of You, Hurt So Bad, the sound is undeniably Lettermen. Monday Matinee, Monday, Jan. 23, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. The feature film will be Apollo 13. Call 587-6715. Women Fully Clothed, Monday, Jan. 23, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, this show features four of Canadas most celebrated and talented comediennes, Robin Duke, Jayne Eastwood, Kathryn Greenwood and Teresa Pavlinek. The group tackles all sorts of topics from mother/daughter relationships to career responsibilities and the environment. These ladies stories and songs are guaranteed to have both men and women alike laughing with them. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Patsy Cline the Concert featuring CJ Harding, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Harding recreates the sentimental sound, style, mannerisms and personality of the legendary Patsy Cline. The Kingston Trio Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. In 1957, The Kingston Trio emerged from San Franciscos club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time. Now the trio is bringing back all the great memories and making new ones. The trio is known for hits such as Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Tom Dooley and Goodnight Irene. Saturday Afternoon Movies Saturday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. The featured film will be Happy Feet. Call 587-6715. Pinellas Folk Festival, Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo. Sponsored by the Pinellas County Historical Society, the festival will feature dozens of the Tampa Bay areas premier folk musicians performing traditional folk, gospel, country and bluegrass music on stages throughout the village. Attendees also will enjoy historical demonstrations, a food court, old-time games, storytelling, traditional craft demonstrations, traditional fiber arts show, fleece to shawl activities and antique cars. Free parking and shuttle to event entrance will be available on 119th Street between Ulmerton and Walsingham roads. Handicapped parking and drop-off will be found at the former Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road. A suggested contribution of $5 or more is greatly appreciated and will help support this festival. The event is free for children age 11 and younger. Call 582-2123 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage. Monday Matinee, Monday, Jan. 30, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. In January, the library will present movies filmed in Florida. This weeks featured film will be Key Largo. Call 587-6715. Music of the Night: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Songbook, presented by Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation; Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. A cast of Tampa Bays best performers sing the tunes from Broadways legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Accompanied by live musicians, the cast will sing and dance to notable tunes from The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Proceeds will benefit the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, Feb. 12, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be a Valentine Spectacular with the Four Tune Nuts Barbershop Quartet. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com.Palm Harbor Movie Matinee Saturday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m., at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. The featured film will be Dolphin Tale. Free popcorn and water will be provided. Donations are gratefully accepted. Seating is limited. Registration is required. To register, call 7732665.Pinellas Park Passengers, by Sam Bobrick, through Jan. 29, 2012; at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A portion of ticket sales from each show is donated to a benefit organization. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueactorstudio.org. Movies in the Park, Saturday, Jan. 21, dusk, at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Admission is free. Funds from the concession will benefit the Firefighters Benevolent Fund. Funds also are used for holiday toy and dinner giveaways and to assist fire victims in the city. Call Nick DelGrosso at 687-4494 or email ndelgrosso@pinel las-park.com. Bill Allreds Classic Jazz Band Sunday, Jan. 22, 1 to 4 p.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Sponsored by the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society, admission is $10 for members and $15 for guests. Call 397-1875. Opera in the Park, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m., at Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. The complimentary performance by the Matinee Opera Players of Tampa Bay will feature favorite scenes from grand operas. Maestro Mario Laurenti will serve as artistic director. Call 5470396 or visit www.tampabayopera.com. A Night at the Oscars, presented by Sunsation Show Chorus, Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Cost is $15. Call 541-4501 or visit www.sunsationshowchorus.com. The production will feature some of the greatest movie music that made it to the Oscars performed by the Sunsation Show Chorus. Rena Massey will provide piano accompaniment. The Love List, by Norm Foster, Feb. 16 through March 4, 2012; at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A portion of ticket sales from each show is donated to a benefit organization. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueactorstudio.org. Tom Hook and the Original Black Dogs, Sunday, Feb. 19, 6 to 9:30 p.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. The event will be a Mardi Gras dinner and dance. Sponsored by the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society, admission is $35 for members and $40 for guests. Call 397-1875. The 22nd annual Country in the Park Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 2010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Admission is free. The city of Pinellas Parks annual festival and trade show will feature musical performances by nationally-known and local musicians, arts and crafts show, pony rides, car show and childrens activities. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees may bring a lawn chair. Coolers will not be permitted. Call Joel Garren at 541-0805, ext. 3076 or email jgarren@pinel las-park.com.Safety Harbor Author talk and book signing, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey will kick off his tour in support of his most recent novel, Pineapple Grenade. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served. Call 724-1525.St. Pete Beach Author talk and book signing Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., at St. Pete Beach Public Library, 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach. Young adult author Calley Weaver will visit the library. Call 363-9238. Author talk and book signing Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., at St. Pete Beach Public Library, 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach. New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey will visit the library as he continues his tour in support of his most recent novel, Pineapple Grenade. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Call 3639238.St. Petersburg Seven Guitars, by August Wilson, presented by American Stage Theatre Company, Jan. 20 through Feb. 26, in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org. Floyd Barton is a natural musician with a hit song and, in the expansive atmosphere after World War II, he dreams of the big time. But as the play begins, his wife and friends mourn his death. In Wilsons only play constructed in flashback, Seven Guitars takes us back to explore what happened. Who killed Floyd Barton, but more importantly, why? This play contains mature subject matter and language. Hairspray, with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, and book by Mark ODonnell and Thomas Meehan; Jan. 20 through Feb. 5, at St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for students. Call 866-1973 or visit www.splt.org. Hairspray has made the journey from motion picture to Broadway musical to movie musical phenomenon. City Theatre will serve up the eight-time Tony award-winning Broadway sensation as its third offering of the season. The pace is nonstop with songs like Good Morning Baltimore and Cant Stop the Beat. As 1962 Baltimore is marching literally toward racial integration, Tracy Turnblad pursues her dream to be famous and dance on the Corny Collins show. Shes in for an education when she finds that some see size and color as ways to hold you back. But, teaming up with the likes of Motormouth Maybell and Seaweed J. Stubbs, theres no holding these kids back. Ron White: Moral Compass Tour Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $46.75. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey .com. White is probably best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy phenomenon. With two Grammy nominations, a gold record, two of the top-rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history and a bestselling book, White has established himself as a star in his own right. An accomplished storyteller, White regularly performs in sold-out theaters and arenas nationwide as a headlining comedian. He also has appeared on such late-night talk shows as The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. This show is for a mature audience and should be considered PG-13. Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, presented by freeFall Theatre Company, Feb. 2-19, at freeFall, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary according to performance date and time. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. LOOKING AHEAD, from page 4B
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