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VIEWPOINTSCarl HiaasenColumnist says the Haiti earquake story is still real news. ... Page 13A. Lowering the boom By SUZETTE PORTERIts a daily frustration, motorists stuck in traffic with a nearby car playing music so loud it rattles the dashboard. For others, its a nighttime problem as they are unable to sleep due to audio terrorists driving their neighborhood streets. Loud music blasting from car stereos is a nuisance and its illegal, says Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who is determined to do something about it. Operation Lower the Boom is a new community program designed to create awareness with the ultimate goal of getting offenders to turn down the volume. Launched by the Sheriffs Office on Jan. 13, in cooperation with Noise Free Florida, the program aims at getting the publics help with enforcing a county ordinance designed to keep the peace. Plenty of noise complaints come in to the Sheriffs Office on a regular basis, said Sgt. Tom Nestor with the sheriffs public information office. This is such an issue, and we (the sheriffs office) saw there was a need, Nestor said. The need the program fulfills is twofold. It makes it easier for the public to report nuisance vehicles and it gives law enforcement more ears on the streets to help find noisy offenders. Residents can now document noise problems using a form on the sheriffs website, www.pcsoweb.com/opera tions/programs-and-services/ operation-lower-the-boom. Complete the form, hit the submit button and deputies will take the next steps. Residents need to know the vehicles Florida tag number, vehicle color, street or intersection where the Features Business . . . . . . . . . .12A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B County . . . . . . . . . .2-3, 5A Entertainment . . . . . . .1, 3, 8B Faith & family . . . . . . . .15A Health & tness . . . . . . . .14A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .10A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Sports . . . . . . . . . .11, 16A The beaches . . . . . . . . .7-9A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .13A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising INSIDE COUNTYPSTA adds hybrid carsPinellas Suncoast Transit Authority leaders decided recently that investing in the environmentally friendly and fuelsaving hybrid technology was the best move for both PSTA and the community. With the first 10 hybrid buses showing a 40 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, PSTA leaders decided that it was time to take advantage of that hybrid technology for the agencys cars as well. ... Page 3A.POLICESeminole youth injured in crashA 17-year-old boy and his passenger were injured Jan. 20 after he lost control of his car about 11:30 p.m. and struck a pole in front of a business located at 5050 Seminole Blvd. The driver faces misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene and driving with a suspended license. ... Page 5A.SEMINOLEQuinn, Waters plan town meetingCity 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. ... Page 6A.Pow Wow parade signup continuesThe city of Seminole Recreation Division is seeking participants for the 44th annual Seminole Pow Wow Festival Parade on Saturday, March 10. ... Page 6A. See CAR STEREOS, page 4ALocal rendition of Seconds from Broadway continues through Feb. 5 ... See page 1B.Humor, nostalgia among highlights of WCP production Volume XXXIII,No. 42 January 26, 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 369-8299012612Nadia ONeal, D.D.S., P.A.See our ad in Active Living Where your changes your life. 122911 Sheriffs Office kicks off campaign against loud car stereosTrees on Trail removed Photos by BOB McCLUREAbove left: State Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Redington Shores, addresses members of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce Jan. 21 after being named Mr. Seminole for 2012 at the chambers annual Installment and Awards Banquet at the Wine Cellar restaurant. Top rig ht: Steve Zazzaro, left, is given the Merit Award for chamber service by Jacob Valintine. Above right: Bauder Elementary School pri ncipal Lisa Bultmann was named Boss of the Year.Jones receives Mr. Seminole distinction By BOB McCLURESEMINOLE State Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Redington Shores, received the citys highest civic honor Jan. 21 when he was named 2012 Mr. Seminole at the Seminole Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards Banquet at the Wine Cellar restaurant. Jones is the 47th community leader to receive the distinction that dates back to 1966 when city founder Jesse Johnson was selected. In other awards, Sandra and Gary Malanowski, owners of the Seminole Chick-fil-A restaurant, received Business of the Year honors; Lisa Bultmann, principal of Bauder Elementary School, Boss of the Year; and Steve Zazzaro, owner of PBS Computers, the Merit Award. New officers for 2012 also were inducted. They are Gary Scarsbrook, president; Jacob Valintine, secretary; Jim Olliver, treasurer; Nancy Giles, president-elect; and Michael McQuilkin, past president. Jones, 70, is a retired chiropractic physician who has been a strong force in Tallahassee over the years on a number of fronts, most notably the acquisition of state funding for beach nourishment. Due to term limits, he will step down at the end of this year. He was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1978 and re-elected subsequently. Due to term limits, Jones could not run for the Florida House in 2000 but was elected in 2002 to the state Senate two years later. He has served as majority leader and is currently chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee. Jones led efforts on the state level to obtain a grant for $400,000 to build the current Seminole Library. In 2004, he was honored by St. Petersburg College and the city of Seminole when the joint-use library was named in his honor. Jones had street lights installed on Bay Pines Boulevard for pedestrian safety and got the state to appropriate $50,000 to purchase land for the creation of a park at Blossom Lake Village south of Orange Lake Elementary School in Seminole. He is currently vice president of economic development and innovative programs at St. Petersburg College. By TOM GERMONDLinda Delorme of Seminole rides her bicycle every day along the Pinellas Trail, taking in the scenery. She was horrified before Christmas to see that a work crew was removing large trees and other vegetation near the KOA campground off 95th Street North near Boca Ciega Bay, calling it a mangled mess. It looks like a tornado went through there. All man wants to do is destroy everything. It will mean no shade in the summertime, she said. A spokesman for Progress Energy said the company is removing certain trees with the countys permission along a transmission line that follows the trail from Seminole down to a substation near First Avenue. We are moving hundreds of invasive exotic trees that will help ensure the safe reliable delivery of power to our customers, also preventing the county from removing these exotic species at the countys expense, Progress Energys Tim Leljedal said. The utility only had authority to trim trees in the area, as opposed to removing them, without additional permission. Progress Energy approached the county and offered to remove the invasive exotic species, such as Australian pines, melaleuca trees, Brazilian peppers, and chinaberry trees, which were growing near power lines in the area. The county agreed to let Progress do the work, which will continue for about two more months, Leljedal said. Oaks and other trees that are not of that type, we are leaving those as we perform this work, he said. The Florida Exotic Plant Council and other critics of non-native invasive plants contend that they can cause ecological damage, displacing native plants, diminishing animal See TREES, page 4ASeminole couple delivers holiday greeting to sister church in Palestine From left, Greg and Patricia Plantamura chat with Father Johnny Abu Khalil, pastor of St. Justin Catholic Church in the town of Nablus in Palestine. The Plantamuras visited the Holy Land during the Christmas holidays.SEMINOLE St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church in Seminole is reaching back over 19 centuries and over 6,650 miles to connect with their spiritual brethren and their patron saints home in Palestine. Patricia and Greg Plantamura of Seminole returned recently from carrying the Christmas greetings of their church to the original St. Justin Church in the Holy Land during their holiday pilgrimage. The church is located in the city of Nablus, about 39 miles north of Jerusalem, in what was known as Samaria, the home of the proverbial Good Samaritan. The two St. Justin Catholic churches were offering prayers for each other during Christmas week. We are overjoyed that some of our parishioners are able to visit (the Nablus church), said Father Michael OBrien, pastor of the Seminole church since 1993. Father Johnny Abu Khalil has been pastor for three years at the St. Justin Church in Nablus, which was built in 1885. It was built on the locationPhoto courtesy of GREG PLANTAMURA See CHURCH, page 4ACrime Stoppers plans fundraisersKick-off party set Feb. 10 in St. Pete Beach ... See page 2A.
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Registration starts at 8 a.m. with kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. The ride ends at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. in Clearwater, where Jen Holloway from Bright House Networks will announce the winner of a 2012 FXDC Harley-Davidson, valued at $12,000. Other activities scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. include music by Up the Creek. Food and beer will be available. Were hoping for wonderful weather, said Deb Martino, program administrator for Pinellas County Crime Stoppers. This is a chance for avid motorcyclists to come out and have a good time for a good cause. This is a new fundraiser for Crime Stoppers, something organizers hope will supplement the golf tournament that has taken place in October for the past 10 years. Martino said the event was wellthought through with support by sponsors, including the Post Card Inn, which is offering room specials so participants can enjoy the preevent party with no worries about drinking and driving. She said the inn has a huge parking lot where participants could lock up their bikes, so they wont have to worry about their safety. The cost is $25 per rider and $10 for a passenger. Passengers on bikes registered by veterans or law enforcement personnel can ride free. Helmets are required. Chances to win the Harley cost an additional $20 and are limited to 1,000, Martino said. You need not be present at the Coachman Park event to win. Additional sponsors are needed, especially one that will be willing to serve breakfast before the ride starts on Feb. 11. Businesses and organizations also are welcome to set up informational booths at the after-party in Coachman Park. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call Laurie Stogniew at 744-5992. Organizers of the Feb. 11 Coast Riders Motorcycle Run are hopeful it will be a successful start to a new annual fundraiser. Bikers are quite benevolent, Martino said. Theyre a good example of why we shouldnt judge a book by its cover. Theyre a good bunch of people who sponsor noble organizations and causes. Sgt. Thomas Nestor with the Pinellas County sheriffs public information office said law enforcement from several jurisdictions would be involved in escorting the motorcyclists on their run to keep the bikers and the public safe. It will be strictly monitored by law enforcement, he said. It will not be a wild party. He said everyone is hopeful the event will be a success. It is another way to generate money for Crime Stoppers and involve all the many people who like to ride bikes.About Crime StoppersCrime Stoppers Pinellas is a nonprofit organization formed in January 2001. No taxpayer funds are used in its operations, which is why fundraisers such as the motorcycle run and golf tournament are so important. Money used to pay rewards to citizens who provide tips leading to an arrest or recovery of money or property taken during a crime comes from a grant from the state attorney general, called the Crime Stopper Trust Fund. Other monies come from sentenced criminals who pay into the fund. However, Martino said, trust fund money must be used only for specified programs, such as reward payments. It cannot be used to support programs such as those for elementary school children. The money we get from fundraisers gives us the freedom to do other things in the community, Martino said. Sponsors also help. For example, Target and the Clearwater Threshers pay for an activity book used in the program for elementary school children. Crime Stoppers is probably best known for its tip line that allows people to report crimes without giving their name, or in some cases, endangering themselves. All they have to do is call 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or fill out a form at crimestoppersofpinellas.org. Martino reads the reports and then sends them to the appropriate detective or law enforcement unit. She explained how the process works. People giving a tip, who want to be eligible for a reward, are given an ID. If their tip results in an arrest or recovery of property, Martino follows up to let people know when they call in to check on the status of a tip. The reward is calculated using a sliding scale with the amount appropriate to the nature of the crime. In most cases, the maximum is $1,000, which is what a person most likely would receive in a case such as a fugitive murder, Martino said. Reward amounts are approved by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors, which is made up of citizens and meets monthly. After a reward amount is approved, a check is cut by a local bank made out to the ID number given when the tip was submitted. The person goes to the bank, provides their ID. The teller cashes the check and gives the person their reward. Everything is anonymous to assure the tipster remains protected. She said not every tip results in a monetary reward. We have to weigh it out (the importance of the information), she said. Sometimes it is not crucial information. But it could be helpful to the detectives, so it is all important. She said people could call 911 in cases where there is an immediate danger and ask to remain anonymous. Examples of times it might be more appropriate to call 911 include when a motorist is in traffic with a drunk driver or in a situation where guns are involved. People should never call 911 unless it is an emergency. Use the tip line or website form instead. Lately the majority of tips coming in are drug-related, Martino said. Every day they come in and most involve prescription drug abuse. She said thanks to the tip line people can report suspicious activity and not be afraid. Also, since the tips are made anonymously, everyone reporting something is on an even playing field, in other words not judged by appearances or background. Martino talked about an amazing program going on in the schools Campus Crime Stoppers, which allows students to report bullying, drugs or other crime on campus or in the community using a 24-hour tip line or by texting on their cell phone. All they have to do is text the keyword TIP144 plus the tip information to CRIMES (274637). Message and data rates may apply. The information is forwarded to school resource officers for investigation or action by school administration. The information remains anonymous the same as other Crime Stoppers programs. Student callers are assigned an ID number, which they will use to contact Crime Stoppers about their tip or to collect a reward. It the tip results in an arrest, recovery of drugs or stolen property or disciplinary action, such as a suspension or expulsion, the student may be eligible for a reward up to $100. If the tip results in the recovery of a firearm, they may be eligible for a reward up to $250. Students are required to contact the tip line with their assigned ID to find out if they have been approved for a reward. If they have, the same procedure is used for the non-student program. They will be given the name of the bank where they use their ID to collect their reward. They do not have to give their name ever. Crime Stoppers also is working with detectives trying to solve cold cases and has erected billboards with information about those cases in areas where the crimes occurred. The organization sponsors the St. Petersburg Police Departments Gun Bounty Program, which offers a $1,500 reward for assault weapons and $1,000 for all other firearms. To participate in the gun bounty program, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477. The program is anonymous; however, to be eligible for a reward, the information must lead to an arrest, the recovery of a gun or result in a weapons charge. The program only applies to gun crimes within the city limits of St. Petersburg. Since Crime Stoppers of Pinellas began taking calls in July 2000, 44,224 calls have been received and 11,268 tips. The tips have led to 727 arrests and 1,696 cases have been solved. Nearly $140,000 in property has been recovered and more than $4.5 million in narcotics. In total, more than $150,000 in rewards has been recommended. Martino, who is new to her position, said the program is a winner for Pinellas County. Theres only so much detectives can obtain at the scene (of a crime) or through face-to-face interviews, she said. Crime Stoppers allows people to stay anonymous and feel safe to tell what they know. 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So last September, the PSTA Board of Directors agreed to purchase 10 new Ford Fusion hybrid sedans to replace agency cars that have exceeded their useful life. Like their hybrid bus counterparts, the agency has branded its new hybrid sedans as SmartCars. We have a fleet of 36 sedans that are shared by staff for a multitude of purposes, said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. Staff cars are used by supervisors who are on the road throughout the day. They are also used to shuttle drivers to and from buses along the routes as well as getting staff to and from meetings throughout the region and state. Such vehicles are integral parts of all transit agencies and with gas prices expected to hit $4 a gallon by summer, PSTAs new hybrid cars are expected to really help cut the agencys annual gasoline costs. PSTA currently buys more than 41,000 gallons of gasoline a year and agency leaders are eager to see that number drop thanks to the new SmartCars, which are now hitting the streets. The hybrid SmartCars were purchased through a state consortium at a cost of just under $25,000 each and are projected to get a whopping 41 miles to the gallon in city driving. Thats nearly twice the average mileage of PSTAs most fuel-efficient standard cars. These cars are really something, said PSTA spokesperson Bob Lasher. The engines dont run at all when the car is at a stoplight or moving slowly. Its really easy to see why these cars save so much onPhoto courtesy of PSTAPinellas Suncoast Transit Authority leaders are anxious to see how much can be saved in fuel costs using its new SmartCar fleet.fuel and significantly reduce emissions. If PSTAs new SmartCars are as successful as their hybrid bus counterparts, area residents should expect to see even more SmartCars on the road in the coming years.Utilities take steps to ensure adequate inventory control By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER A lack of attentiveness was the contributing factor behind issues with inventory control at Utilities General Maintenance Division. That was the message Bob Powell, Water and Sewer Division director, gave to Pinellas County commissioners during a Jan. 17 work session. Powell was speaking in response to a Jan. 12 audit report from the Division of Inspector General, which is part of the Clerk of Circuit Courts responsibilities. The audit concentrated on internal controls of inventories and supplies with the objectives to determine the adequacies of internal controls of ordering, receiving and issuing materials, security of materials, and reporting and monitoring inventory levels and transactions. The auditor concluded that internal controls over ordering, receiving and issuing materials for the division were inadequate and that there were no documented policies and procedures. The audit also found excessive use of the departments purchasing-card. Other negative findings included a lack of segregation of duties, inadequate internal controls for scrapping, disposal and reporting of inventory, inadequate controls for records of inventory adjustments, a lack of documented policies and procedures for reporting and monitoring inventory levels and transactions, and a high risk of inaccurate inventory reports. Powell said Utilities had been aware of potential problems since February 2010 and had started looking for a vendor to provide various warehouse services since February 2011. A contract was signed on May 24, 2011, with a vendor to provide services that the auditor says should help resolve the issues. Powell blamed the problem on budget cuts and a significant amount of staff reduction. We needed a vendor to help, he said. He talked about steps taken over the past 15 months to reduce the problems, including implementing procedures in the warehouse and adjusting employees schedules. Ordering and receiving functions were moved to separate locations to avoid duplication. Policies and procedures were implemented for PCard purchases and purchase orders were renewed, reducing the need to use P-cards. Since May, Utilities completed a full inventory and found $400,000 in unaccounted for inventory. New procedures were put into place for product return, disposal, shortages and overages. We appreciate the professional and comprehensive audit, Powell said. Weve nearly completed significant changes needed as identified by the auditor. He said another audit was scheduled in six months. If no significant negative findings are issued, future audits would be done on an annual basis. Commissioner Ken Welch said his only concern was waiting for another audit to make sure adequate policies and procedures were in place and being followed. Powell said part of the changes that would come with the use of a vendor would be moving to just in time inventory. Currently, the division keeps about $3 million in parts located in two warehouses and on repair trucks. In the critical area of water and sewer we had to be sure we had parts, he said. Now that we have commercial supply available, we can carry less inventory. So far, Utilities has found $400,000 of the $1 million in unaccounted for inventory. Officials believe that the problem is the result of improper data entry and tracking, especially for parts used in emergencies, such as water main breaks. It is possible the missing parts are in use. While staff admitted that the accuracy of inventory had declined the last several years, they assured commissioners there was no misuse. 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4A SEB Beacon, January 26, 2012incident occurred and be able to give a description of the incident. They can include other information, such as vehicle make and model or information about the driver, if they desire. People without Internet access can call the sheriffs nonemergency number, 582-6200, and a dispatcher will take the information and pass it on to deputies. Deputies will run the vehicles tag given in the report and, if everything checks out, the owner will be sent a warning letter informing them of the countys ordinance and the potential for fines. The next time the same person is reported, a community-policing officer will be sent to their home to talk to them. Nestor said the sheriff is committed to getting the message out to people with excessively loud car stereos to turn it down; however, that doesnt mean the sheriffs office is making its other duties less of a priority. Operation Lower the Boom is just one of many programs in which the Sheriffs Office is involved, Nestor said. It isnt replacing deputies current duties. Weve not stopped responding to law enforcement calls, he said. Were not shutting down the narcotics squad or robbery-homicide. Well still be looking for the bad guys. But, with the publics help, deputies will be more aggressively tackling the problem of excessive noise. Thats good news for Judy Ellis and Heidi Sumner, members of Noise Free Florida, who worked with Sheriff Gualtieri to start the Lower the Boom program. Ellis, who labels drivers of so-called boom cars as audio terrorists, offered a number of statistics showing how motorists with excessively loud car stereos are a threat to others. For example, according to Ellis, one in four cars stopped by law enforcement for an excessively loud stereo has drugs or guns in the vehicle, or theyre wanted on warrants. Criminals are criminals, she said. These are the same people who run red lights. They have criminal behavior problems. Boom cars also can be attributed to the alarming rate of hearing loss among Americas youth. In 2006, 15 to 17 percent of U.S. children in middle school had a hearing impairment. Today, that number has grown to 17 to 20 percent. And it only gets worse as they go on to high school, Ellis said. What are we going to do? Segregate kids by who can hear and who cant? She talked about latest medical findings about babies and young children who are strapped into carriers located in the back seat of vehicles with loud stereos. The noise and vibrations are affecting their brains, she said. People driving around with loud stereos make it more dangerous for emergency workers to do their jobs. They (motorists) cant hear the sirens, she said. She told a story about a 16 year old in Colorado who pulled into the path of an ambulance. She didnt hear the sirens. She died in the crash. The emergency medical technicians and the patient were severely injured. Ellis blames an excessive sound level for the tragedy. Loud noise also is unhealthy, Ellis said. From a pure health standpoint, about 10 percent of Americans suffer from illness caused by high decibels (loud sounds) and vibrations, she said. For many the noise makes them feel angry. They want to hurt someone. And 10 percent get physically sick. Its a toxic combination. She talked about how the body processes loud noises. First, they think how can I hurt somebody, she said. Second, they become nauseated. They sweat and feel terrible. The noise causes accelerated heart rate and a rise in blood pressure. People become uncharacteristically violent. She said it is frustrating that people who have the loud stereos believe they have an entitlement. But, your right to make noise stops at my ear drums, she said. The state of Florida has no valid noise law. The previous law was challenged in court and was found to be unconstitutional. However, most municipalities and counties do have ordinances that law enforcement can use, if they choose to do so. Gualtieri chose to begin a program to step up enforcement of a county ordinance that Ellis said would stand up in court. The ordinance says no person shall make, continue, permit or cause to be made or continued: 1. Any unreasonably loud and raucous noise 2. Any noise which unreasonably disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace, or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensitivity 3. Any noise that exceeds the maximum allowable limits set by ordinance Factors to be considered in determining whether a violation of the law exists include: 1. The volume of the noise 2. The intensity of the noise 3. The volume and intensity of the background noise, if any 4. The nature and zoning of the area from which the sound emanates and the area where it is received or perceived 5. The duration of the noise 6. The time of the day or night the noise occurs 7. Whether the noise is recurrent, intermittent or constant 8. Whether a noise complaint has been received by the county If deputies can prove a violation of the ordinance, civil penalties will be imposed. The first fine is $218, the second offense $418 and the third offense $500. Noise Free Florida has about 40 members scattered through Pinellas County, Ellis said. All are committed to working toward creating a peaceful, quieter atmosphere for residents to enjoy. They want to put a stop to the rolling PA systems that travel the highways and residential areas. She said there has been some talk on the federal level of banning some of the equipment installed in vehicles that some label as auditory weapons. Meanwhile, Ellis and other members of Noise Free Florida are pleased with the work Gualtieri has started with Operation Lower the Boom. The beauty of it is that is only takes a 44 cent stamp. Its not labor intensive. Its easy for the deputies to run tags. It doesnt take a lot of research or a lot of staff time. And, if it becomes widely known and used, we will see a change in the number of incidents, she said. Ellis praised Sheriff Gs response to Noise Free Floridas request for help. She said he gave them everything they asked for including assigning a noise guru to take charge of the program. That guru is Lt. Joe Garret, who was on the job and responding to complaints the day after the program was announced, she said. Some municipalities have programs aimed at loud car stereos, including Clearwater and Largo, but Operation Lower the Boom is countywide, which makes Ellis very happy. No matter where you are in the county, you can call the sheriff for help, she said. The groups short-term goal for the new program is to cut down the noise in some areas so people can get a good nights sleep, she said as she described Sumners efforts to block the noise coming into her house attributed to vehicles with excessively loud stereos. Long-term, Ellis realizes boom cars will always be around. Its generational, she said. Kids grow up and stop doing it, and the next group comes along. Education will help. Really, this is serious stuff. CAR STEREOS, from page 1A Photo by TOM GERMONDWorkers remove exotic trees along the Pinellas Trail just east of Seminole Lake Blossom Park. Progress Energy said the work is being done to ensure the trees dont interfere with electricity provided by high-voltage transmission power lines, above. habitat and providing little food for wildlife. Its important to note that we are only removing exotic invasive species along that trail, Leljedal said. Trees are the leading cause of power outages, Leljedal said. When you look at trees near the lines the other thing to take into consideration is while the tree may appear to be far away from the line when there is increased demand and there is more electricity flowing through the lines, the lines have a tendency to sag, so it can decrease the amount of space between the power lines and the trees, leading to the potential for arcing or other issues that we may run into, Leljedal said. Another reason the utility needs to keep its rights of way clear is the equipment that employees use to maintain the lines, especially along high voltage transmission lines, is large and has a large footprint. In order for us to safely operate in that area, we need to have a clear space for our crews to work, Leljedal said. A blackout in the Northeast in 2003 left a large portion of the area without power. Consequently, federal standards were put in place that can lead to increased fines for utilities responsible for outages on transmission lines caused by vegetation. If there is a vegetation-related outage on a Progress Energy line, we can actually be fined up to $1 million a day per occurrence, he said. Transmission lines are Progress Energy Floridas highest voltage lines. Progress says the lines are comparable to the interstates of a road system, carrying electricity from power plants across great distances to the towns and communities that we serve. Each transmission line serves thousands of customers. Others remain unconvinced. Another bicyclist, Seminole resident Bob Sheilds, also is upset. He agreed that the utility company needs to provide protection for people from dangerous situations However, I wonder why they are removing 4-foot trees from the opposite side of the trail from the power lines, he said. The lines are mounted high, Sheilds said. Yes, there is some sagging under heavy electrical loads but this is very slight. It would take at least a decade for some of those trees to become an issue not only to the power lines but to interfere with their maintenance vehicles, he said. He said he couldnt imagine Progress Energy asking for the level of removal undertaken. It makes me wonder if a company representative has been out there to monitor the contractor, he said. Just wanted to let you know that I am another person who is disgusted with what they are doing on the trail, said Gale Etling. My husband and I have been biking on the trail for seven years and enjoying the beauty and now it is being destroyed and ruining the environment. TREES, from page 1Aof a much older church. Although they have built a new youth facility on site, he worries about the dramatic drop in the citys Christian population. The Seminole parish was founded in 1987 and originally met at St. Dunstans Episcopal Church until the present building opened a few years later at 10851 Ridge Road. Some 900 families attended for Christmas services. Meanwhile, a quarter of the way around the world, Father Johnny welcomed the Plantamuras before evening mass and gave them a tour of the Palestinian St. Justin Church, pointing out the colorful murals depicting local biblical events, such as Jesus healing of the 10 lepers from the Gospel of Luke. The mass was in Arabic, but we were surprised and honored that Father Johnny gave the sermon in English, just for our sake, said Greg. After the service, the Plantamuras were invited for tea and cookies at Father Johnnys office, along with several parishioners. There they presented Father Johnny with a photo album and a letter from Father Michael with greetings on behalf of the parishioners in Seminoles St. Justin Church. Patricia noted similarities between the priests, in that both are rather tall, and they both use wooden chalices. Father Johnny expressed interest in a twinning between the two St. Justin churches, to learn more about each other in an ongoing sister church kind of relationship. Your presence here is very important, emphasized Father Johnny. We need you to come. We need you to visit the living stones, as he calls the Christian Palestinians. Dont come only to visit the holy places. Johnny Alyateem, a Christian resident of Palestine, said that for each Christian in Bethlehem, one is moving to the United States or Europe. They are looking for a better life, he said. We are not leaving because of the Muslims, Father Johnny added. We are very much respected by the Muslim people. While the city of 139,000 is 99 percent Muslim, the municipality even hosted a Christmas tree in Nablus. Father Johnny believes that if the remaining Christians emigrate to more welcoming countries, the Holy Lands Christian sites will disappear. If the Christians will leave totally, here, then they will become museums or even discothques or even bars, like many old churches in Europe, he said. The church is doing all her best to keep the Christians here, but we cannot do that if we dont have material support ... if we dont have spiritual support, he said. We need the support of our sisters and brothers all over the world. In spite of the vast number of Christians in the world, the Church in Palestine feels isolated. Father Johnny noted that the Jews and Muslims give a lot of financial support to keep their own faith members in the Holy Land. We, the Christians, still need a lot to learn from them, he intoned, to do all our best to keep the Christians in the Holy Land. The patron saint of both churches, Justin the Martyr, was born in 110 AD in Nablus and is known as one of the first apologists (believers who explain and defend their faith through reason). The saints symbols are the quill he wrote with and the sword he was executed with. The pen proved mightier than the sword, said Patricia. The Gospel lives on for centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire. At the foot of Mount Gerizim, Nablus is known as the location of Jesus encounter with the woman at the well, as well as its olive oil soap and delicious kanafeh, a delicate, syrupy cheese pastry. The Plantamuras also visited Bethlehem for Christmas Eve, and toured the biblical sites of Galilee and Jerusalem. One especially meaningful place for them was the mountain fortress of Masada, where the Roman army was held off for months in 72 AD by a remnant of Jews who resisted unto their deaths. Photo courtesy of GREG PLANTAMURAAn ornate altar area adorns the interior of the Nablus church. CHURCH, from page 1AEarly voting continues at 3 locations in PinellasCLEARWATER For Pinellas County voters, early voting for the Jan. 31 presidential preference primary and municipal elections began last weekend and will continue through Saturday, Jan. 28.A new state law changed the dates for early voting, which began 10 days prior and ends three days prior to the election. The new law affects all but five Florida counties, which are bound by a U.S. Department of Justice pre-clearance order and cannot implement the new law until it is pre-cleared by a federal court. We want to emphasize to Pinellas voters that our early voting dates are different than those for our friends in Hillsborough County, Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark said, and the hours also will vary from county to county throughout the state, as they did in the past. In Pinellas County, early voting will be conducted in all three Supervisor of Elections offices. Hours will be Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registered voters can vote early at the Election Service Center, Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo; Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater; or County Building (Annex Conference Room), 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Voters can check early voting wait times online at www.votepinellas.com. Only the Republican Party is having a presidential primary. Florida is a closed primary state; only registered Republicans are eligible to vote for the Republican presidential nominee. Five municipalities also will have elections on Jan. 31. All registered voters in Clearwater, Kenneth City, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, and St. Pete Beach Districts 1 and 3 may vote in their respective nonpartisan municipal elections. All eligible voters also may vote by mail or at a precinct on Election Day. To request a mail ballot, call 464-VOTE (8683) or visit www.votepinellas.com. Mail ballots can be dropped off at any of the three Elections Offices or 11 remote ballot drop-off locations. Mail ballots are very popular with our voters, and we will continue to provide 14 ballot drop-off sites for countywide elections. Clark said. All Florida voters are eligible to request mail ballots. Voted ballots also may be mailed to the Supervisor of Elections with a first-class stamp. All mail ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Election Day. Drop-off locations include: Supervisor of Elections Offices are located in: County Courthouse, Room 117, 315 Court St., Clearwater Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo (Drive-thru at this location) County Building, 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with the following exceptions: Jan. 26-27: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 28: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31, Election Day: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Remote ballot drop-off sites include five of the Tax Collector Offices: 743 Pinellas Ave. S., Tarpon Springs; 29399 U.S. 19 N. (near Curlew), Clearwater; 1663 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater; 1800 66th St. N., St. Petersburg; and 1067 62nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Other locations include Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor, and public libraries in East Lake, Oldsmar, Seminole and Pinellas Park, and the James Weldon Johnson Branch Library in St. Petersburg Election employees are stationed with secure ballot boxes inside each location. I Voted stickers are available. Remote ballot drop-off sites will be open through Jan. 31 during specified hours; some locations are open Saturdays. A complete schedule is included in mail ballot kits and also available online at www.votepinellas.com under Ballots by Mail in the left menu. Ballots cannot be dropped off at a polling place, per state law. Voters may check their ballot status online at www.votepinellas.com to find out the date their ballot is mailed and the date their voted ballot is received by the Supervisor of Elections.Social Security workshops setFree, educational workshops called Social Security Planning for Boomers: What Everyone Needs to Know are scheduled for the following times and locations: Thursday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Campus Library of St. Petersburg College, 2465 Drew St. Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., at the Oldsmar Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E. The lectures will help people understand the Social Security system better and will cover a variety of topics. The workshop will be presented by J. Henry Livingston, CFP president of Retirement Resources Advisory, Inc. Seating is limited. Call 799-4723.
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County 5A Police beat Police beatTeen injured in one-car crashSEMINOLE A 17 year old and his passenger were injured Jan. 20 after he lost control of his car about 11:30 p.m. and struck a pole in front of a business located at 5050 Seminole Blvd. According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriffs office, Steven Simpkins of Largo was driving a friends 2002 Saturn northbound from Bay Pines to Seminole Boulevard when he lost control of the car as he came through the curve, crossed over into the opposing traffic lanes and struck the pole. Fire Rescue had to cut the passenger out of the vehicle. Austin Stephens, 20, of Seminole suffered multiple broken bones and was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center. Simpkins was helped out of the car by a citizen and was taken by ambulance to Bayfront. Deputies believe alcohol may be a factor in the crash. They also have information that the vehicle was involved in a hit and run with another vehicle in the parking lot of a Seminole area business prior to the crash. Simpkins faces misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene and driving with a suspended license. Additional charges are pending further investigation, the report said.Arrests made in Pinellas Park homicidePINELLAS PARK A housekeeper at the Budget Inn was charged with first-degree murder and second-degree arson Jan. 22 in connection with the Jan. 21 death of the establishments manager. Pinellas Park police and fire rescue responded to a report of an injured man down in the roadway about 8 p.m. in the area of Lakes Boulevard and 102nd Avenue, according to a police report. Bhupendrakumar Patel, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene. A short time later, about 8:40 p.m., police and firefighters responded to a vehicle fire in the parking lot of a vacant restaurant at 10525 U.S. 19, only a few blocks from the place Patels body was found. Emergency personnel found an unoccupied blue Toyota van on fire in the parking lot. Investigators then determined that the victim found in the roadway on 102nd Avenue was the owner of the van involved in the fire. Investigators identified, interviewed and charged Samantha Brownlee, 21, and Jonathan Pinyard, 16, with offenses related to Patels death. All three were living at the Budget Inn, 9359 U.S. 19, in Pinellas Park, where Patel was manager and Brownlee a housekeeper. Investigators believe that Brownlee and Patel became involved in a physical altercation behind a closed business on the southeast corner of 49th Street and 102nd Avenue. During the altercation, Brownlee struck Patel with the van and fled the scene leaving Patel fatally injured in the roadway. 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Around town Around townWinter Guard plans car washSEMINOLE The Seminole High School Indoor Winter Guard team plans a fundraising car wash on Sunday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the AutoZone auto parts store at 13202 Walsingham Road in Largo.White Elephant sale slatedSEMINOLE The Ladies Club of Seminole Gardens plans its annual White Elephant Sale Saturday, Jan. 28, noon to 3 p.m., in the Seminole Gardens clubhouse. The public is invited.Roche to speak at USEM meetingSEMINOLE County Commissioner Norm Roche will provide an overview of 2011 and outlook for 2012 at the next meeting of the Unincorporated Seminole Community Association Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 392-3082.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.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. For more information, call 391-8345.Seminole Preschool accepting studentsSEMINOLE Space is currently available for preschool age children ages 3 to 5 in the Seminole Recreation Preschool. The citys licensed preschool program is designed to prepare children for kindergarten. Children will learn science, math, letter recognition, music and art. Time will be spent each day in our outdoor playground. Full and half day, as well as partial week spots are available. The full-time cost, Monday through Friday, is $280 per week. Half day and partial weeks are prorated. The preschool is under the direction of Bonnie Spatafora, Pinellas County license CO70933. For more information, call 391-8345.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. There is no cost to participate, however, applicants must be approved in advance. Deadline for applications is Feb. 22. Contact Duane Crandall, at 391-8345 for an application or download online at www.powwowfestival.com. Eagle Scout projectChristian DeMaio, a sophomore at St. Petersburg Catholic High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 431 in Seminole, hopes to build a water fountain along the Pinellas Trail at Walsingham Road as an Eagle Scout project. He is currently raising money for materials and supplies for the project through his website at www.pinellastraileaglescoutproject.com. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The extra day will continue throughout February and March.Crime Watch seeks membersMADEIRA BEACH Residents of Madeira Beach are encouraged to join one or both of the citys Neighborhood Crime Watch programs. There is no cost. Just report suspicious activity. For more information, email email@example.com or call 4398774.RBPOA plans potluck dinnerREDINGTON BEACH The next scheduled potluck dinner sponsored by the Redington Beach Property Owners Association is Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m., in the assembly room at Redington Beach Town Hall, 105 164th St. Following dinner, the group will conduct its general membership meeting and executive board elections. Any member in good standing is eligible for nomination and election to participate in the groups executive committee. All town residents are invited to attend. The agenda of the business meeting, in addition to the elections, will generally review upcoming RBPOA-sponsored events. The RBPOA is actively recruiting new members and encourages all town residents to participate. Prospective members can join and vote at the January dinner. For more information, call RBPOA president Fatima Rapuano at 742-2955. Art classes offered by GuildTREASURE ISLAND The Art Guild is offering art classes starting Monday, Feb. 13 in the Treasure Island City Hall Auditorium, 120 108th Ave. Basic drawing will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and basic watercolor from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. For a list of materials needed or additional information, call Fred at 360-8390.Annual card, game party setST. PETE BEACH The St. Pete Beach Community Club plans its annual card and game party Saturday, Feb. 4, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Warren Webster Building, 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon playing games and cards and supporting a local philanthropic cause. The event will feature door prizes as well as coffee and desserts. A donation of $4 to the club will be collected at the door. The party is open to the public. Call 360-8216.Bike, pedestrian safety program setTREASURE ISLAND The Beach eatery opensPhoto by NANCY AYERSBill Crabby Bill Loder, left, and grandson Matt Loder Jr. pose for a photo Jan. 21 during a soft opening of the Seabreeze Island Grill, 17855 Gulf Blvd., in Redington Shores. The younger Loder is the manager. A total renovation of the 7,000-square-foot building features a Key West decor with a waterfront bar area and additional water views throughout. The cuisine was described by Matt Loder Sr. as island tropical with an emphasis on seafood and sauces. The restaurant opened to the public Jan. 23. The original Crabby Bills restaurant, called Captain Bills, opened in 1975 a half block away where the Talay Thai Restaurant is now located. 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. Those attending will receive a reflective slap bracelet or reflective backpack, bike/pedestrian law enforcement guide and safety tip bookmarks. A 15-minute WalkWise Pedestrian Safety and 90-minute BikeSmart program will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, 9 to 11 a.m. The BikeSmart Class covers important information for riding a bicycle in the roadway. Reservations are required. Contact Jessica Brenner, outreach coordinator, at 813-9749215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Isle of Capri now in District 1TREASURE ISLAND Following a recent redistricting vote by the City Commission, all residents of the Isle of Capri are now part of District 1 for voting purposes and representation on the City Commission. For many years, the Isle of Capri was divided into Districts 1 and 2, often causing confusion about elections and resident representation. Over the nine years that I have served as Commissioner of District 1, many residents have suggested to me that Capri become one district, a notion I consistently supported, said Commissioner Phil Collins. I am happy to say that last month the commission voted by a 3-2 margin, with (myself), Commissioner (Gail) Caldwell and Mayor (Bob) Minning supporting the motion. Those opposing Capris redistricting argued that the population among Treasure Islands four districts must be represented solely with mathematical equality with no exceptions. Collins argued that no such state or federal formula is required. Furthermore, it is simply impossible to facilitate such a mathematical form of voter redistricting. Collins contended the U.S. Supreme Court also agrees, that continuity and compactness of voting districts remains the two most significant standards in determining voting districts. He said Isle of Capri residents should not be held to an arbitrary and different standard. The end result is district continuity and distinctness, said Collins, resulting in increased voter turnout, resident involvement and representation. All properties on Capri, including Tides of Capri, Capri Cove, The Commodore, Islands Point, Capri Harbor S., and Capri Lagoons Club condominiums, all of Capri Circle N., and Capri Circle S., are now in District 1. 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Then, instead of a 2year wait for a unit in the Pennsylvania retirement community of Willow Valley, he got a call that a unit was open right away. It was then the Pastor and his wife Barbara decided that God was calling him into retirement. Then, as a confirmation of that, their house sold in three days. Weller said his 17 years at the church cant be boiled down to one favorite memory or event. There isnt just one thing, he said. There are so many friendships and watching people grow in their relationship with God. But there are many events that he remembers over the years. When I came here there were 200 members of this church, now there are nearly 500, and it is still growing, he said. You like to think you had something to do with it, but you know God had a role. He is proud of the fact that 300 of the congregants are actively involved in some ministry of the church. And there was physical growth during his time at the church. A few years ago we bought the White Sands motel, he said. We moved the church offices over there as well as the thrift shop. That freed up the second floor of the church building to be used for ministry activity. To say he will be missed by members of his congregation would be an understatement. It is hard for me to talk about it without crying, said Dee Dee Parker a long time parishioner. He married both my children and he baptized both my grandchildren. My son had a near death experience and he helped me through it. Those are just a few things and hes like that with every single parishioner. Hes a remarkable man. Randy Hiepe, another long time parishioner, tells a similar story. I feel a great sense of loss because he is the man who brought me to Christ, he said. He is a man of great integrity and principle. Hes a conservative and compassionate man with his congregation and beyond. His experience with the church will be greatly missed. But we are happy for him and Barbara. We know God called him into retirement. For Parker, Hiepe and other members of the congregation their job is to find a replacement for Weller. We have a very devoted group of people who are searching for a new pastor, said Parker. I am confident that God will lead us to the right person. Hiepe explained that there is no rush to find a replacement. In fact, the first thing church members intend to do is find an interim pastor so the search for a permanent replacement can be deliberate and not compromised by any sort of time limit or deadline. Neither the pastor nor his wife is heading into a full time retirement. Barbara Weller is an attorney and will continue to work from their new home in Willow Valley, near Lancaster, Pa. Weller said hell likely continue to be involved in bible study in some way and perhaps on occasion preach or be involved in other types of ministry work. His official retirement from the Church By The Sea takes place on the last week of February. Then he and Barbara will head north almost right away. We are going to miss him terribly, said Parker. Photo by BRIAN GOFFPastor Armand Weller outside the Church By The Sea. He is retiring in late February after 17 years.
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Subconsciously, you probably notice how old they are and what gender they are. You probably also do a quick read on what theyre wearing; animal behaviorists would call this an appraisal of how well theyre groomed. Once you know someones age, gender and grooming level, you have a pretty good idea how to treat them. With free-ranging dolphins, forget age and gender unless youve got a lot of time to spend. For age, the only data we have are for calves that were born during our study. For the rest, theres no way to determine age through observation. For gender, we identify adult females as those in the steady company of calves. With all the other dolphins, we identify gender the old-fashioned way: they have to show us their stomach, we have to have the camera ready and take the pictures, and then they have to immediately flip over and show us their dorsal fin. Otherwise, because they typically show their stomachs when in wild romping groups, you have no idea whose stomach you just took a picture of. Dolphin Watch has mentioned that it can take years to determine the gender of a free-ranging dolphin like big beautiful Schnoz (Dolphin Watchs Raiment for a king). For grooming, a well-groomed dolphin has smooth skin of uniform color with few or no marks, like Jennifer Lopez. But information about how well groomed a dolphin is doesnt take you nearly as far as it does with a person. I never imagined I would know the age of any dolphin that wasnt born during my study. But that changed when I recently began comparing notes with colleague Shannon Gowans, Ph.D., associate professor of Biology and Marine Science at Eckerd College, to see how many dolphins our mutual databases have in common. Her project and study area is different from ours. Capt. John Heidemann and I survey a small local area to look for changes in dolphin abundance, distribution or behavior correspondent to the construction of our new Johns Pass Bridge. Dr. Gowans and her team spend their summers surveying a staggeringly immense area that stretches from that complex labyrinth of waterways known as southern Boca Ciega Bay, to Fort DeSoto, Egmont Key, the Skyway and finally all of Tampa Bay. These noble efforts began over two decades ago, which meant the Eckerd database potentially included data on Johns Pass dolphins before we started the bridge construction analysis. Our first comparison of the Eckerd College and Johns Pass databases was brief, and we only compared the dolphins with the most obvious dorsal fin patterns. So the following is strictly preliminary. But its exciting. We found two-dozen dolphins in common. The big bulls with the gnarliest dorsal fins are, conservatively, in their 20s or 30s! The bulls we consider to be Johns Pass residents only venture south occasionally. Bowery Boy DD2 was first recorded in 1995. His bonded bull buddy BB was first recorded in 1998. The bulls we consider to be seasonal visitors to the Johns Pass area probably work a long sea circuit that includes our local waters. The biggest bull out there, a dolphin we call Grin for the dorsal fin pattern that creates a beaming smile at a distance, has been seen since 1993. Grin and his bonded buddy Twin Dip undoubtedly know, and have perhaps grappled with, two other seasonally visiting bulls seen over the same period (Ouch and Fish Lips, 1994 and 1997, respectively). Dolphin Watch recently wrote about both these bonded bull pairs (Who elses present? and Dolphins show new focus on feeding first). Theyre still out there and kickin. The females who have thus far emerged as common to our two databases venture into our study area rarely. One cloudy summer day 2009, mom dolphin Jelly shepherded a brand new baby around the Johns Pass islands while her friend Inga got in a big fight with local bulls DD2 and BB. Why would our local boys fight strange new females? Jelly was first seen in 1988! Inga was first seen in 1997. These dolphins common to our databases were adults when pictures were first taken. If we conservatively add 8 years to the females and 12 years to the bulls to account for their years spent as youths, some of the dolphins we see swimming could be in their 40s. In captivity, elderly dolphins make it into their 50s. In the wild, dolphins rarely make it past their 20s. If that statistic holds true in general, some of our local dolphins have hit a grand old age for freeranging bottlenose dolphins. I cant wait to find out more about our local dolphins and compare their impressive longevity to that of some of the other creatures with whom they share our waterways. How do you tell how old a shark is?Dr. Weaver studies wild dolphins under federal permit 16299, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Send her an email at email@example.com or visit her website www.dolphinsuperstore.com. Read her Dolphin Watch column weekly at www.TBNweekly.com. NOAA advises anyone who sees a stranded dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico to call 877-942-5343 or 877433-8299. This close-up picture shows the details of the dorsal fin pattern belonging to a big bottlenose dolphin bull we call Grin. The white parallel marks are called toothrakes, made by other dolphins during battles or in play. At his age, Grin is no stranger to toothrakes. Photo by ANN WEAVER Dolphin WatchAnn Weaver
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Trout and redfish have been feeding well on the incoming tide this week; low tides in the morning have had us bouncing jigs through the schools of mullet that are hanging on the far outer edge of the flat where the water drops off into the channel. Typically if youre working the jig up shallow, right in the mullet you stand a good chance at hooking into a redfish and if you cast to the deep side of the edge you have a good chance at scoring some quality sized trout. The mullet are the key, find them and at least as far as the redfish are concerned youre in the game. Offshore fishing has also been good, with red grouper and amberjack being the key targets. On Sunday I had a great opportunity to get offshore; seas were flat and made the run out 130 feet of water a piece of cake. Targeting sandy roll-offs we were in search of red grouper. Fishing exclusively for red grouper was something new to me and was really an eye opening experience. Red grouper, unlike gag grouper, seem to prefer a much softer bottom with less relief than the typical limestone ledges that make perfect habitat for the gags. With light winds drift fishing is a great option. One, it lets you cover some water in order to best locate the schools of baitfish and in turn the red grouper. But two, I definitely noticed a big difference in the strike or lack thereof from the red grouper versus the gags Im used to fishing for. The reds will often pick up the bait and very slowly move off with it, very similar to a bass strike. So what this breaks down to is that if you are adrift you have a much better chance at detecting the bite as the boat is drifting away from the fish than if you are anchored. Amberjack fishing was phenomenal that day. We targeted a wreck in 100 feet of water and were met with a school of hungry amberjacks. Chumming with live pinfish kept the jacks around the boat for as long as we wanted, it didnt take long to secure a limit of one per person and to catch and release a few more for fun. Until next week, get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Trout, redfish good inshore; amberjack strong offshore Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Top wrestlerMitchell Larivee, right, a member of the Seminole High School wrestling team, was recently selected as a BeefOBradys Athlete of the Week. Larivee, who wrestles at 152 pounds, won the county championship and is currently 34-3 for the season. Earlier this year, he was named Most Outstanding Upper Weights Wrestler at the Kiwanis Classic Mustang Duals. He also serves as the team captain and carries a weighted 4.1 grade-point average in the classroom. Standing next to him is coach Ed Weingart. More sports, page 16A Roundup Gulf Beaches LL slates registrationMADEIRA BEACH Gulf Beaches Little League is conducting registration for its spring season Saturday, Jan. 28, noon to 2 p.m., at the Madeira Beach Recreation Center, 200 Rex Place. Boys and girls ages 6 to 16 are eligible. The cost is $90 per player. Forms are available online at www.eteamz.com/GGBLL. For additional information, email email@example.com or call 753-8616.Madeira slates T-ball registrationMADEIRA BEACH The Madeira Beach T-ball League plans open registration for children ages 4-7 at Madeira Beach Recreation Center, 200 Rex Place. Registration dates are Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children will learn the basic skills and a better understanding of baseball. The cost is $70 for Madeira Beach residents and $85 for nonresidents. Coaches and sponsors are needed for the teams. For further information, call Colin Shaw at 392-0665.Tides WGA resultsSEMINOLE Results of the Tides Womens Golf Association 3s, 5s and Hole 18 event Jan. 10 at The Tides Golf Club are: FLIGHT A Marilyn Wentzel, 37.5; Nancy Briner and Kathy Davis, 39.5; Judy McNamee, 41.5/ FLIGHT B Joyce Cooney, 34.5; Dolores DenOtter, 36; Shirley Taylor, 41.5. FLIGHT C Doris Carpenter, 35; Linda Bullerman, 38; Mary Alice Okrzesik, Lorraine Taylor and Edie Fotheringham, 39. PAR 3s Cecile Fortier and Peggy Wyatt, 14; Jill Dodge, 15; and Sharon Ebbeler and Elaine Rice, 16.
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BOATERS & BEACH LOVERSBoca Ciega Point secure gated community offers maintenance free. 2BR/2BA, 1-car garage villa with deeded dock and backdoor! Plenty of room in this 1,680 sq. ft. villa! Great amenities: heated pool, tennis, bocce, library, billiards, chip and putt golf. Boaters will love quick gulf access via Johns Pass great fishing too! MLS#U7525740. Adams. $249,900. THE LAKESThis well maintained 2/2/2 home shows Pride of Ownership throughout. The spacious living area features volume ceilings with skylight, a split bedroom design, walk-in closet in master bedroom, formal dining area, and large ceramic tiles everywhere except for the carpeted bedrooms. Newer items include: double pane windows, all appliances, dimensional fiberglass shingles, a large Florida Room and a screened porch. This one will please the most particular buyers. Carefree living includes clubhouse, heated pool, lawn care and basic cable for only $109 per month. Bring your swimsuit and leave your lawnmower behind! MLS#U7530714. Ruhland and Lofgren. $139,900. A RARE FIND!Neat and clean 2BR/2BA waterfront villa with large carport and storage room. Features large open kitchen, living room that flows into the family room with views of mangroves. Inside utility with washer and dryer. A/C installed 2010. Community in Seminole/Largo on the Intracoastal Waterway that allows the use of boat ramp, fishing pier, 2 clubhouses, 2 pools (1 is heated,) fitness room and tennis courts. Just a short drive to some of Floridas most popular beaches and restaurants. MLS#U7531797. McEntire. $155,000. DEERWOOD GARDENSThis 2BR/2BA condo was newly updated in the fall of 2010 with kitchen cabinets, breakfast bar, bathroom vanities, ceramic tile throughout. Great closet space! Community is pet friendly (1 pet, 25 lbs max.) and offers a pool, tennis courts, shuffleboard and clubhouse. Shopping is close by and the beaches are just minutes away. So whether youre looking for a winter oasis or year-round residence, this condo is a must see! MLS#U7532324. Levittino. $69,000. FANTASTIC LOCATION!Includes share (aprox. $40k) Low maintenance, only $95 a month. 2BR/2BA mobile home with almost 1,400 sq. ft. Must see! New ceramic tile and sub-flooring in hall bath and hallway. Lots of closet space in this home, both bedrooms have a walk-in closet and more! Large master with dressing area Huge front room Spacious kitchen, and to top it all off, a screened lanai and a covered parking space. This park is great, lots to do, so much fun, come visit the park and this home. Home comes totally furnished, just bring your toothbrush and move right in. MLS#U7532693. Osborne. $47,900. CHATEAU BELLEAIR GROUND FLOOR CONDORenovated 2 bedroom condo with an open patio and a screened porch. Newly furnished with new windows, A/C and washer and dryer. Great community with heated pool. NO pets. All ages. MLS#U7535589. Jarnberg. $49,900. MOVE-IN READYCompletely updated 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 3rd floor condo with elevator just 2 doors from the unit. Largest 1 bedroom available in complex. Everything was replaced: water heater, A/C, appliances, new cabinets, refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, tile floor in kitchen and dining area. New carpet, ceiling fan, outlets absolutely beautiful. Walk-in closet. Screened balcony with vinyl windows. MLS#U7535592. Hawk. $27,900. MOTIVATED SELLERSYou will love this well-maintained block home with new windows. All of the wet areas are tiled for easy cleaning. The kitchen has been updated with newer cabinets and a stylish tile backsplash. Heating & A/C were replaced brand new in 2008! A well-fed sprinkler system will keep your garden growing. Plenty of storage space in the extra deep one-car garage with a new automatic garage door opener! Enjoy the Florida room off of the dining/kitchen area. (Aluminum roof replaced in 2004.) MLS#U7535679. Sundell & Enright. $105,500. BEAUTIFULLY REMODELEDOpen plan 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. Split bedroom plan. Perfect starter home or turn-key rental that is in a great area. Will not last long! MLS#U7536119. Pereira. $147,500. Whats Sellingin Pinellas County Light and bright end unit with attached 1 car garage. This villa features a formal living & dining area, spacious master suite and a large family room with wet bar. Ceramic & laminate floors throughout. Newer windows with electric shutters on south side. A/C 2000, water heater 2008. Shingle roof 2008 and flat roof 2010. All appliances included. Chateaux de Bardmoor is a 55+ community with two championship golf and tennis clubs within walking distance. Community is pet friendly and offers a pool, shuffleboard and clubhouse.Mary K KottichCentury 21 Top Sales Inspiring Frank Estates excecutive home in Seminole. Over $200k in remodeling and upgrades! 5 bedrooms plus office with over 3,800 sq. ft.!! Incredible kitchen and fabulous pool and patio area.Sandy Hartmann and AssociatesRealty Executives Adamo Mandalay Beach Club. Direct Gulf-front, 2,000 sq. ft. unit built in 2003. Heated pool and spa, security, clubhouse & two parking spaces. Located on the white sandy beaches of Clearwater Beach, this wonderful unit sold in January for $850,000 by Rich Rippetoe.Rich RippetoeColdwell Banker Sun Vista Realty Seminole $90,000 2 Bedrooms/2 Baths Seminole $475,000 5BR/3.5BA/2CG Clearwater Beach $850,000 3 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths SOLD SOLD SOLD012612 Real estate news Sandy Hartmann names top agents SEMINOLE Sandy Hartmann and Associates, of Realty Executives Adamo, recently recognized its leading 2011 agents. Sandy Reynolds earned the Gold Award. She was the top lead buyers specialist in units sold for the team with 32 sales in 2011 totaling $5.6 million in production. Mary Frances Cormican earned the Silver Award. She was recognized as the top buyers specialist in units sold for the team with 30 sales in 2011 totaling $5 million in production. Amy Hartman earned the Gold Award. She was the top-listing specialist with 39 listings since she joined the team in June 2011. The seven-member Hartmann Team is focused on the current real estate market and serving the needs of communities throughout Pinellas County.Coldwell names listing, sales leadersCLEARWATER The Coldwell Banker office in Clearwater recently announced its top listing and sales leaders for December. Mary and Ben Griffith were the top sales associates. Karen Wills was the top-listing associate.Randolph earns CDPEST. PETERSBURG Patricia Randolph recently earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance, with a particular emphasis on short sales. Randolph is a real estate solution provider with Prudential Tropical Realtys St. Petersburg office. At a time when millions of homeowners are struggling with the possibility of foreclosure, the skills and education amassed by Randolph 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. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures.Pinellas Realtor Organization releases statsThe Pinellas Realtor Organization recently released real estate statistics for December 2011. According to the organization, listings are down for both the condo and single-family market. There does appear to be more strength in the single-family market versus the condo market. For all of 2011, the median sales price for condos dropped by $13,000 while listings have been at five year lows and sales have increased by 7.4 percent from December 2010 to December 2011. In the single-family market, the median sales price has managed to see some support at a floor of $125,000 from December 2010 to December 2011 while listings decreased by almost 62 percent. The residential market sales, as well as the median sales price, were relatively flat year over year. Active inventory is at a six-year low with just over 24 percent of the 7,964 active listings being distressed. Of the 1,927 distressed listings, 1,596 are short sales and 331 are foreclosures. Condo sales from December 2010 to December 2011 are up 7.5 percent according to the organization. The median sales price for condos dropped by $14,000 and condo listings decreased from 5,205 to 4,010 or 23 percent for the same time period. Single-family listings are down from 6,327 to 3,954, or 38 percent from December 2011 to December 2010. The median sales as noted previously remained stagnate year over year. Single-family sales decreased by 4.4 percent for the same time period. Pending sales for the residential market are up 14 percent. Sandy Reynolds Mary Frances Cormican Amy HartmanBiz notes Seminole Chamber plans marketing seminarsSEMINOLE The Seminole Chamber of Commerce plans a series of one-hour, morning workshops presented by marketing expert Dale Hutchings, a specialist in out-of-the-box marketing, in the Seminole Office Center, 7985 113th St. N., Suite 208. The first three seminars, each from 8 to 9 a.m., are $10 per person. They will be held in the chambers new education conference room. Dates and topics that will be addressed in these workshops include: Tuesday, Jan. 31 How To Think Out Of The Box To Grow Your Business. Tuesday, Feb. 14 How To Develop A Quick, Easy, Effective Marketing Plan. Hutchings has been in the marketing profession for more than 30 years and has operated his own PR/marketing practice since 2001. For the past 10 years he has given numerous presentations to hundreds of businesses in the Tampa Bay area. To register for one of the seminars, call 392-3245. The deadline to register for a specific workshop is noon Monday, the day before the seminar is to be presented. Payment to attend any of the workshops is required in advance. Those attending do not need to be a Seminole Chamber member to participate.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. The cost is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. Call 360-6957.Iorio to discuss Straight TalkST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio Thursday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m., at the Tradewinds Sandpiper Resort, 6000 Gulf Blvd. Iorio will discuss her book Straight Talk in which she offers her talents helping organizations build strong and effective leaders. The cost is $30 for chamber members. Call 360-6957.
Viewpoints 13A Beacon, January 26, 2012 By now you may have seen the TV programs that deal with hoarders. A hoarder is someone who refuses to discard anything of value. Such as a wrapper from a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. I dont blame such persons. When I was 11 I tossed away a Reese wrapper and later learned it had half an ounce of candy still stuck to it. I have mourned its loss ever since. The hoarders shown on TV are extreme cases. Most of them are mentally disarrayed, although some of them wont admit it. They also resist letting you enter their homes. One reason for that is that theres no room left. Every available inch of space is filled with cherished belongings, such as a turkey bone from Thanksgiving 1957. You and I may toss such items into the trashcan, but a hoarder imbues them with meaning. That lipsticked cigarette butt on the parlor shelf was left there by Charlene, my favorite girl friend, the night she told me she was deserting me for Harold Elfin, a proofreader at the St. Pete Independent. Some nights I just stare at the cigarette butt and listen to my Bessie Smith records, and weep. Hoarding starts slowly. Shes just messy. Thats what Mrs. R.s daughters said about their mother in 1982. Next thing they knew they couldnt even find their mother. She was discovered, barely breathing, in a pile of newspapers announcing the collapse of the Berlin Wall. A trait of many hoarders are that they lack a sense of smell. This is especially true if the hoarder collects pets, many of which die in the house and remain there. The odors that then arise are detectable by spacecraft circling Mars. But hoarders dont seem to mind. Hoarding comes in various shapes and sizes. It doesnt always involve a home bursting with detritus. How about people who hoard insults and slights? I once knew a man who hadnt forgotten (or forgiven) put-downs of 50 years ago. He could tell you of affronts dealt him when he was 6 years old. At age 67, he came close to attacking a woman who had refused to be his date for a high school prom. His collection of snubs, if printed, would have filled a hundred pages. I prefer to hoard compliments. Relatively few have come my way, but I think I can recall every one of them. In 1937 Eleanor Schoonover of New Brighton, Pa., said, Bobby, youre cute. Her remark stayed with me long after any semblance of cuteness faded. One night in college a professor chaperoning a fraternity party told me, Driver, youre a hopeless drunk, but at least youre sometimes witty. Only a few weeks ago a local reader emailed me to praise my modest erudition. Man, for a writer things dont get much better than that. No one has defined exactly when appreciation crosses over into hoarding. Example: womens shoes. Women tend to appreciate the living daylights out of shoes; the average collection, Id guess, totals about 300 pairs. Then the day comes when a 6-year-old child goes missing, only to be found buried but still breathing in his mothers shoe closet beneath a collapsed shelf of loafers, boots, peep-toe pumps and ballerina flats. In such cases, hoarding is suspected. Many book lovers show signs of delusional hoarding, but its usually not life-threatening. Impulsiveness rather than compulsiveness is the root of most excessive book buying. A borderline book fanatic can resemble a child in a candy store. A true bibliophile looks on books as friends and lifelong companions. When life gets gloomy, a book lover need only let her eyes sweep around her home to find dozens or hundreds of faithful literary comrades, always ready to entertain, amuse, console and guide. To return to the TV programs on hoarding: They are yet another reminder of the unknown, often tragic worlds that may exist behind the closed doors of the homes we pass on quiet side streets. An estimated 2 to 5 percent of the population is subject to pathological hoarding. Medical science has developed a few lines of treatment, but few are guaranteed to work. Probably the most beneficial kind of hoarding we can do is the mental variety. It is the conscious, sustained attempt we can make to collect good thoughts and ideas, and then to stash them away in a permanent collection within our minds. Happy memories tend to tuck themselves into the pile of their own accord, but we can add to that happy haystack by exposing our lives to upbeat people, enduring music, tales of greatness and mercy, ageless poetry and the notion that life can be studded with glory, if only we are open to it.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at email@example.com. Behind front doors of quiet homesTaxpayers shouldnt subsidize sports businessesEditor: Pinellas County commissioners have the ability to stop the tax dollars paying for private sports corporations stadium and facilities. The average taxpaying citizens do not know or realize whats going on against their welfare. The news medias are glazing over the realities of these sports projects. The citizens are generally told how much it will cost but not told who will be paying and how much it will cost each citizen or household. They are also not told the funds will come from cuts in city and county services, schools, law enforcement, etc. Or, it will require 20 to 30 years to pay the sports projects off. Plus, it will require requesting state and county tax dollars and fees subsidizing to fund it, involving each taxpayer in Florida. This is not an economical way to run state, county and city governments. The county and state citizens are not even able to vote in a state or county referendum. Only the citizens of the city or municipality are allowed to vote in a city referendum. Why do the citizen taxpayers allow the politicians and the owners of the sports businesses to scheme and manipulate the cost of stadiums on to the citizen taxpayers? All of Floridas taxpayers, especially Pinellas Countys, should not pay for any private sports corporation business stadium or facility. The Pinellas County commissioners have the ability to stop such arrangements at the county level, if each of the Commissioners would not support the subsidizing of these private business projects with Pinellas County tax dollars and fees. The private sports corporations should be paying for these private business projects. It is their sports business, not the cities, the counties or the state of Floridas. These team owners are just trying to keep up with Jones with the other team owners stadiums and facilities. Who has the latest and greatest stadium. The taxpayers only return is watching and the private sports corporations receives all the money collected by the sports corporations sporting events. The taxpayers do not receive any return for their tax dollars spent on furnishing the sports corporations, their business facilities and stadiums, plus up-keep, improvements and taxes. Plus the liability to pay off the debt on the stadium and facilities. One other thing that should be watched for is the revenue gained by the $5 park fees which is not tax dollars. If the fees are needed so much, why do they request volunteers (free labor) to help with the parks? The friends, VIPs, etc. If the fee is collected for the parks all of the fee revenues should be used on the parks. Why doesnt the County Commission sell the Howard Park back to the city of Tarpon Springs? Tarpon Springs donated it to Pinellas Country several years ago. If the Pinellas County cannot afford the upkeep of the Howard Park without the $5 fees, the city of Tarpon Springs can and are willing. This has been requested by city of Tarpon Springs several times. Walter Gay DunedinPlease recycle, IRB residentsEditor: This is the first anniversary of our recycle program in IRB. This morning Punki Maney and I used the above streets as our first drive-by and count. To my horror 80 homes on 20th and 28 homes on Parkway do not recycle (an overwhelming majority of existing homes.) Lets assume that some of the homes are unoccupied or that some of the houses recycle but had not yet put out their bins. We can figure 10 percent are guiltfree but that still leaves an outrageous amount of folks who do not recycle. The city of IRB pays $1.54 per house to WSI to recycle our waste. The city pays for the bins (approx $4 each) and supplies them free. We have made it as easy as possible by opting in to a program that does not require sorting. There are cities that charge residents who do not recycle on a monthly basis. The money paid for our recycling comes from taxpayer funds and is charged per house whether that house recycles or not. Neighbors need to point out to neighbors that they need to do their fair share. Owners need to take responsibility for educating their renters. Some streets do a lot better than others (yes, we know who they are.) We will continue to do counts starting at the south end of town. Terry Hamilto-Wollin City commissioner Indian Rocks BeachApathy in the neighborhoodDear Editor: I felt joy in anticipation of a good friend and mentor, Eddie Kosinski, running for a well-deserved seat for Pinellas Park City Council. Eddie and I have spent many hours going to council meetings together and watching the wheels of our local government grind out the business that all organizations and especially cities must perform to function. We have left most meetings without making one comment for the record, but later discussed between ourselves how things ought to work. We both agree that the day-to-day senior staff of the city (i.e., city manager, police chief, fire chief and public works director) performs their jobs to the best of their abilities with the resources given to them by the city council. My friend and I dont always see eye to eye on every subject, but we respect each others opinions. As a French philosopher once said I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. A lot of my buddies died in an unwanted and needless war in Vietnam just to preserve this right. I hope it was worth it. Only two people in four races are actually going to run against each other for a publicly elected office. There is just something morally wrong about that in my mind. I dont blame the sitting politicians that are running unopposed; they must be very happy to avoid the expense and the time that it takes to properly run a campaign. The real losers here are the people. Why has there been no controversy? If youre doing something, youre going to tick someone off and break some china here and there. That just isnt happening here and it makes me wonder what is going on that I am not aware of. It scares me too, because I have lived in this town a long time, and I care about what goes on. In most cases, these council politicians must be, shall we say, set up, before they can even consider running because the councilmans job only pays about $16,000 a year. Watching from the sidelines, I suspect it takes well over 30 hours a week to perform the job properly. There is obviously no monetary benefit to this position, and why would someone spend $55,000 to win a position like this? It has been done and it leaves me flabbergasted. I wont even speculate as to why this has happened in the past and I will leave it to your imagination for consideration. Has our recent city government in Pinellas Park been so bland and non-confrontational as to be apathy-inspiring and uninteresting to the people? Or, has everyone just given up, feeling powerless and apathetic about how multimillions of their tax dollars are spent and how their codes and laws are being decided by a very few elite politicians? Please go out and vote on March 13 for one of the two people that have the guts to run for council. I hope you will choose Eddie Kosinski. Believe me when I say, he does it not for himself, but for you, the citizen, because, unless you are crooked as hell, there sure isnt any money in it. Ill vote on March 13 for Eddie Kosinski, the honest candidate. And maybe someday Ill grow up and have the kind of courage that it takes to stand up and say, That just isnt right. Mike Silcott Pinellas ParkWhat about alcohol?Editor: I am writing about the graph that appeared on the front page of January 5, 2012, paper with the title Drugs found in death investigations in Pinellas. I am glad that people are concerned about the affect that drug use has played in people dying and I am glad this weeks paper continued with the subject. But as I looked at the graph, I noticed the pink line at the top of the graph, the line that represented alcohol. I saw that from 2002 to present, alcohol is way above the others. Some other drugs peaked and then fell, but alcohol remained at the top in contributing to peoples death. Now what do we do with this drug that so contributes to people dying. We pass laws that allow bars to stay open until 3 a.m. We permit gas stations to sell alcohol to drivers of cars. We advertise the greatness of our entertainment by showing people enjoying getting intoxicated. We have outlawed cigarette advertisements on TV, but we cannot watch an athletic event without seeing the joys of drinking. While we come down on pill factories and outlets, we do nothing about the greatest drug contributor to people dying in this county. Until we do, we are blowing in the wind. Doris Troop Largo The news of the day is burning with big questions: Wholl be the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins? Why is Rosie ODonnell killing hammerhead sharks? Is Khloe Kardashian really a Kardashian? And each of those stories is being devoured and debated by many thousands of readers, far more than are looking at the sober bylined reports from Haiti, which last week marked the two-year anniversary of its catastrophic earthquake. Even before that disaster, Haiti was a place of such hellish poverty and corruption that people on the outside often turned away because it was all too much, too sad, too hopeless. And too close to home. The 7.0 earthquake was freakishly fierce for that part of the Caribbean, and it seemed to be almost a preternatural act of cruelty. No country in the hemisphere was more vulnerable and ill prepared. Still the devastation was shocking. Eventually the number of fatalities surpassed 300,000, a mind-blowing figure, almost 20 times higher than the death toll from last years Japanese earthquake and tsunami. For a few weeks the world took notice volunteers arrived by the planeload in Port-au-Prince, and supplies poured in along with money. Two years later, the question is: How is Haiti? Of course its still poor, still in desperate need of jobs, competent political leadership and decent housing. More than half a million Haitians left homeless by the quake still live in tent cities, and a cholera outbreak a year ago killed more than 4,000, including many children. Last week brought peaceful street demonstrations by those exasperated with the slow pace of rebuilding and the lack of work. Sadly, Haiti has no history of efficient governance and no template to work from. The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, formed with international support to rebuild the country, is in limbo because the Haitian Parliament has balked at extending its legal mandate. More than $2 billion in aid committed by other nations remains uncollected and unspent. Not surprisingly, donor nations are directing most funds toward established relief agencies and private contractors rather than the government ministries, which have a notorious legacy of waste, neglect and outright theft. Throughout the long recovery, celebrities (including one of the genetically verified Kardashians) have popped in and out of the country. If nothing else, such fleeting though well-publicized appearances serve to remind distracted segments of the world public that Haiti is still there, still hanging on. Others are in it for the long haul. A musician who is a friend of mine has quietly funded a new grade school in the countryside. The actor Sean Penn arrived in Port-au-Prince shortly after the earthquake and was so overwhelmed that he has been a fixture ever since. He manages a tent camp for 55,000 persons who lost their homes in the disaster. Dr. Paul Farmer, whose intrepid Partners in Health organization has been operating medical clinics for years in Haiti, last week described plans for a 320-bed teaching hospital the countrys largest. It is being built with private funds in the city of Mirebalais. When finished, the earthquake-proof facility will treat about 500 patients a day. Given the scarcity of good healthcare in Haiti, this is nothing short of a Godsend. Then theres former President Bill Clinton, whose interest in Haiti also predates the earthquake, and who has surely spent more street time there than any American political figure past or present. He returned again last week to mark the anniversary of the tragedy by visiting a Timberland shoe factory in an industrial park where about 7,000 Haitians are employed. Clinton has been relentlessly pushing for more foreign investment in Haitis private sector, which is its only true hope for moving forward. While the earthquake brought a gusher of humanitarian funds from the United States, Canada, Brazil and other nations, the long-term prospects depend on firms like the Korean garment company thats sinking serious money into a Haitibased manufacturing operation. Two years is hardly enough time to erase a century of ruinous policies, violent politics and graft, but there is something happening that resembles progress. For example, more people in Port-au-Prince can now get clean water than before the quake. A new hospital here, a new factory there these are small miracles but must be multiplied for Haiti to lift itself from the rubble of 2010. It wont happen without the likes of Farmer, Clinton and others who are keeping this important story alive.Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. 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Beacon, January 26, 2012 ObituariesRecognizing that some readers wish to share the life and loss of a loved one with the community, Tampa Bay Newspapers publishes paid obituaries in our weekly papers. The deadline for submitting obituary information is 9 a.m. on Monday, for that weeks papers. Obituaries will publish in all six of our papers. Obituary information should include: full name, age, city and date of death. You may also choose to include the names of living and/or predeceased relatives, work history, clubs and/or activities that they participated in. If you wish to include the name of the funeral home handling arrangements keep in mind that we are a weekly publication and the paper may publish after the services have taken place. 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Pinellas Internal Medicine Associates 727-544-83008130 66th Street North, Suite 1 Pinellas Park112411 012612 14A Health and FitnessHealth notes Mease Countryside Wound Care Center opensCLEARWATER The new Mease Countryside Wound Care Center at East Lake Outpatient Center now offers patients needing care for chronic wounds another location option in the north Pinellas and Trinity areas. The new Mease Countryside Wound Care Center is at 3890 Tampa Road, Suite 201, in Palm Harbor. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patients who have slowor non-healing wounds will be able to have the problem assessed and undergo treatment at the new location. The center utilizes the latest advanced equipment and procedures with the goal of providing a comfortable tranquil environment. Among the types of wounds and conditions that can be treated at the Mease Countryside Wound Care Center are arterial, diabetic and venous stasis ulcers and pressure wounds. Patients receiving treatment for chronic wounds usually have multiple appointments, so finding quality care in a convenient location can be significant to their recovery, said Charles Boothby, D.O., in a press release. Boothby is the medical director at Mease Countryside Wound Care Center. Whether a wound requires specialized therapeutic treatments or hyperbaric oxygen therapy, our medical team has the ability to provide individualized medical care using advanced technology.Morton Plant Mease to host heart health seminarsCLEARWATER Morton Plant Mease will recognize Heart Health Awareness Month in February with several free community health seminars to help raise awareness and provide education of heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, claiming 865,000 lives a year. Morton Plant Mease cardiologists will discuss heart health topics including prevention of a heart attack, peripheral arterial disease and cardiac supplements. Community health seminars dates and locations are as follows: How to Prevent a Heart Attack Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, noon, at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1 and 2, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Van Q. Nguyen, M.D., cardiologist, will discuss simple steps to get heart healthy and help prevent a heart attack. An Under-diagnosed Condition: Peripheral Arterial Disease Friday, Feb. 10, noon, at Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Room A and B., 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Merrill Krolick, D.O., cardiologist, will discuss Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and how a simple test can determine if someone suffers from it and new treatments for PAD. Facts vs. Fiction About Over-The-Counter Cardiac Supplements Monday, Feb. 20, noon, at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1 through 5, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Wayne Cheng, M.D., cardiologist, will provide an informative seminar deciphering facts versus fiction about over the counter cardiac supplements. Space for the community health seminars are limited. For information or reservations, call 9536877 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.Bon Secours supports aging surveyST. PETERSBURG Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System recently provided support to the St. Petersburg Commission on Aging to conduct a survey on the aging needs of St. Petersburg residents. Through a $30,000 Mission Fund grant obtained from its parent organization Bon Secours Health System Bon Secours St. Petersburg was able to contribute substantial resources to determining the most pressing priorities of seniors and baby boomers in the community. At a recent event at the Sunshine Senior Center, the results of the survey were released in a report and presentation titled, Planning for an Aging St. Petersburg. We are extremely pleased that so many residents (2,669) took the time to respond to the survey, said Deb Close in a press release. Close is the director of Mission and Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System. She also serves as chairwoman of the St. Petersburg Commission on Aging. Not only will the commission be able to use the data to improve our neighborhoods, but other cities should be able to use the results to better serve their aging residents as well. We envision communities where aging is a planned process to be enjoyed and celebrated, not a series of crises to be managed. As part of its mission, Bon Secours St. Petersburg has invested over $300,000 since 2009 in Mission Fund grants in collaborations that promote the goals of its healthy community initiative in downtown St. Petersburg. Health fair seeks vendorsST. PETERSBURG Vendor and exhibitor tables are still available for the Smart Living Health Fair, a free health and lifestyle fair scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Magnolia Auditorium at Five Towns/Terrace Park, 8141 54th Ave. N. Display space is limited to 45 vendors at a cost of $50 per exhibit. An 8-foot exhibit table and two chairs are provided for each reserved space, and a limited number include access to electricity. Proceeds from the fair will benefit the Family Resources Foundation, a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and building better communities. Services include prevention, support, and counseling for children, teens, and families. Health screenings, home health products and services, pet and personal products and services, financial planning, assistive devices, weight management, nutrition counseling, medical and wellness services, and general services for home and car are among the categories offered at the Smart Living Health Fair. No more than two vendors will be accepted in any one category. Health and lifestyle talks will be offered throughout the day. For information or to reserve display, call Sara Im at 512-3017, or e-mail HealthyTeam@WeDeliverWellness.com.
Faith and Family 15A Beacon, January 26, 2012 CAMP FREEDOM HOLINESS CHURCH Matt. 11:28 6980 54th Ave. North, St. PetersburgTraditional Worship in a family atmosphere and all are welcome to attend!Sunday 10am and 6pmWednesday Bible Study &Youth Service 7:30pmPastor Randy Tolley 727-545-3690 112411 Church And Temple DirectoryS010512 Friday Sabbath services 7pm17th St. & 29th Ave., St. Pete. 345-7777 www.jewishheritage.net/Email: email@example.com Beth-El ShalomMessianic Congregation 71411 FRIENDSHIP COMMUNITY CHURCHA Congregational Christian Church, everyone welcome 152 TreasureIsland Causeway Treasure IslandNorth of ClockTower 398-6342 Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.Come Back to ChurchSunday School 9:15 a.m. WORSHIP 10:00 a.m.Pastor J. Michael Hargrave010512 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST6245 Seminole Blvd., (Alt. 19), Seminole 392-1406Reading Room Sunday 10 A.M. Wed. 7 P.M.SUNDAY SERVICE..........................................10:30 A.M. 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Donald Collins, D.O. Ronald Mall, D.O. Roger Schwartzberg, D.O., FAAIM John Jarboe, A.R.N.P. Betsy Parker, A.R.N.P. Gail Quail, MSN, A.R.N.P.-C Church newsSt. John Vianney Catholic ParishST. PETE BEACH Awakening Faith, a free sixsession series for Catholics wanting to re-connect will be offered Mondays, beginning Feb. 27, 7 to 9 p.m., in the St. Clare Room at St. John Vianney Catholic Parish, 445 82nd Ave. The series is designed for those who have misplaced faith, who have not been to church in a while or who are looking for opportunities to explore their faith. All are welcome. For more information, call 388-7628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Northwest Presbyterian ST. PETERSBURG A free Southern gospel concert and dinner will be presented Saturday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m., at Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6330 54th Ave. N. For more information, call 544-4551.Calvary EpiscopalINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Winterfest on the Rocks 2012 will be Saturday, Feb. 18, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St. The event will feature food, fun and parades featuring pets and children. The days highlights will include grilled food, live entertainment for all ages, arts and crafts vendors, a patriotic childrens parade to include a full color guard and fire trucks, and a pet parade for area pet owners to show off their favorite furry, feathered, or other non-human friends. There will be plenty of activities to keep kids busy and entertained: A bounce house, crafts and face painting are all great ways to keep them occupied. Children are encouraged to dress up a bicycle or wagon, as well as themselves and join the expanded half-mile long patriotic parade. Grown-ups will find plenty to do as well there will be a street party complete with beer stand and live acts. Saturdays event has one main purpose: To celebrate the wonderful weather and community. As an added benefit, two organizations whose main goal is giving back to the community are supported: the Calvary Episcopal Food Pantry and the Indian Rocks Volunteer Firemans Association. Funds will be raised through a silent auction, a bake sale and raffles. Vendor space is available. For more information, call Christopher VerKuilen at 586-872-8502 or email CverKuilen@hotmail.com.First Baptist of Indian RocksLARGO The Womens Ministry will host an Inheritance Tea on Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to noon, in the Fellowship Center at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road. The guest speaker will be Esther Burroughs whose passion is sharing how people can leave a legacy of faithfulness in Gods family, community and the world. She will encourage attendees through humor, tenderness and the grace of Gods word. Tickets are available at Charis Christian Bookstore on the Indian Rocks campus. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and younger. Call 595-3421 or visit www.indianrocks.org.Temple Ahavat ShalomPALM HARBOR A huge rummage sale will be presented Sunday and Monday, Feb. 12-13, at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road. The sale will feature furniture, toys, electronics, household items, books, clothes, odds and ends and much more. Call 785-8811.
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FLIGHT B Beverly Papalia, 32; Diana Ruffer, Joyce Cooney and Joyce Giannetti, 35.5. FLIGHT C Lorraine Taylor, 33; Jessica McCarty, 35; Edie Fotheringham, 36; Mary Alice Okzreski, 38.SPC names interim coachRyan Beckman, who has served as assistant coach for the St. Petersburg College baseball team, has been named interim coach, replacing Rob Frances, who is no longer with the college. I am very excited about this opportunity, Beckman said. Growing up and playing everything from Little League to college baseball in Pinellas County, I have great pride in taking over St. Petersburg Colleges baseball program. Baseball is a great teaching tool to help young men learn valuable life skills that they will use on a daily basis. We have a talented and athletic team. Beckman, 27, began his coaching career at the college last season. The baseball team will kick off its spring season against Miami-Dade College on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Al Lang Field, at 11 a.m.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 3976085.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.Kellar fishing event slatedMADEIRA BEACH Cash prizes totaling $3,500 will be up for grabs in the Johnny Kellar Inshore Fishing Tournament Sunday, Jan. 29. The event benefits the All Childrens Hospital Hemophilia Fund. The required captains party is Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., at the Daiquiri Deck, 14995 Gulf Blvd. Weigh-in is Sunday, Jan. 29, 3 to 4 p.m., at Bay Pines Marina. Species include trout, sheepshead, flounder, black drum and redfish. The entry fee is $25 for Old Salt members and $35 for nonmembers. First place pays $300, second place, $200 and third place, $100. For more information, visit www.OldSaltFishing .org.Rays Fan Fest set at The TropST. PETERSBURG The 2012 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Tropicana Field. Admission and parking are free. This years Fan Fest will include a large number of activities for kids. Youth stations include clinics by Rays coaches, Reading with the Rays, kids running the bases, high-five stations with Rays players, photos with Rays mascot Raymond and DJ Kitty, baseball interactive activities for all ages and appearances by Rays players and coaches at various stations throughout the day. 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. Fans can call 888-FAN-RAYS or log on to rays-Notebook Ryan Beckmanbaseball.com for more information about 2012 Rays Fan Fest.Rowdies plan Select-A-SeatThe Tampa Bay Rowdies plan their annual SelectA-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 email@example.com.Karate lessons at rec centerSEMINOLE The DoJo Martial Arts Academy is offering karate lessons at the Seminole Recreation Center. Call Kelly Schwegel at 391-8345.
Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesBeacon Section B January 26, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com GRnc Top 5 this week Casanovas Blast Friday Friday, Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m., on Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. The free monthly street festival features a variety of vendors as well as beer, food, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. The first event of the new year will feature a performance by Rare Earth on the Tampa Bay Times Cleveland Street Stage just steps from the Capitol Theatre. Rare Earth has been an established name in the music industry since the 1960s, with an impressive track record of more than 3,000 concerts and live television performances. Fronted by original founding member Gil Bridges, Rare Earth has had two albums reach Double Platinum status along with one Platinum and three Gold selling albums over the course of the bands career. Rare Earths classic chart-topping singles include Get Ready, I just Want to Celebrate and (I Know) Im Losing You. The street fair kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment outside until 10 p.m. The city of Clearwater also will be honored during the event by being designated as a Coast Guard City. Tom Rush Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $22. Call 7917400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Rush helped usher in the singer/songwriter era and has had a profound impact on American music, Rush was instrumental in shaping the folk revival of the s and the renaissance of the s and s. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor, warm, expressive voice and engaging storytelling have universal appeal and have made his songs hits with folk, country, heavy metal and rap audiences. 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. 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. Pinellas County Folk Festival Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m,, at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo. A $5 donation is requested; the event is free for children age 11 and younger. Free event parking will be available. The festival will feature some of the areas best folk artists performing traditional folk, gospel and bluegrass. Attendees also will have an opportunity to see ethnic dance demonstrations, nativestyle flute circles and folk and bluegrass jams. There will be fleece-to-shawl activities and a fiber arts show. Kids will enjoy a storytelling and childrens stage. Antique cars will be on display. This years entertainment lineup will include performances by Juniper, Gator Grass, Leigh and Steve Humes, Simple Gifts, Frank Thomas, Cracker Billy Band, Key of Life, Susan Boyer Haley, Sweetwater Sisters, Carl Wade and Something Special and Charley Groth with Ron Spencer. Enzianer Schuhplatter, a German dance group, will perform, as will the Dunedin Scottish Country Dancers and members of the Hammerhead Dulcimers Society. Call 582-2123 or visit www.pinel lascounty.org/heritage.Wistful theater nostalgia, poignant familial conflict and a heavy dose of well-executed zingers highlight West Coast Players production of Neil Simons Seconds from Broadway. The production runs through Feb. 5 at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Simons Seconds from Broadway is a relatively recent addition to his long list of plays, opening in 2001. The first act is all about the humor with a steady stream of one-liners flying at the audience from every corner of the stage. The second act adopts a more serious tone and relies more on situational comedy. Sporadically introspective and solemn, various characters face personal issues but the distinct threads of three different plotlines eventually merge. At its heart, Seconds from Broadway is character-focused, delivering in four succinct scenes comprehensive sketches of the owners and patrons of a New York coffee shop near Time Square a location that makes it less than a minute away from the neon lights on Broadway (hence the title). As the lights go up, the audience finds itself in the Polish Tea Room a fixture in New Yorks theater scene (based upon the Edison Hotel coffee shop) where struggling actors, notable celebrities, comedians, theatergoers and aspiring playwrights mingle. The place is owned by Bernie (Rick Kastel) and Zelda (Vicki Flores). Kastel does a fine job conveying Bernies love for his business, concern for his customers and love for his wife. Flores, too, delivers a portrait of a protective, independent Jewish mother and wife. Much of the play revolves around Mickey Fox (Bill Harber), a Jewish comic somewhat in the style of Jackie Mason, albeit less abrasive. Mickey is a classic wise-cracking insult comic capable of dishing up a witty comeback for every straight line hes served and Harbor possesses the perfect snese of comic timing to make the character convincing. Bernie displays his chronic generosity by employing Solomon (Gyula Nemeth), a penniless South African playwright, who also seeks advice from Mickey to improve his first play. Nemeth appeared in the WCP productions Picasso at the Lapin Agil and earlier this season in Small Craft Warnings. Born and raised in Hungary, his portrayal of Solomon is subtle and moving at times as he expresses both the frus-On stage Photos by DR. GREG SAVELBill Harber plays Mickey Fox and Vicki Flores plays Zelda in the West Coast Players production of Seconds from Broadway, running through Feb. 5. tration and the optimism of a starving artist. Other patrons include a couple of suburban theatergoers who fancy themselves armchair critics. Arleen (Stephanie Bell) and Cindy (Stacy Rein) meet in the caf to exchange observations of their most recent matinee experience and their inconsistent critiques are routinely shallow, pedantic and capricious. Bell and Rein give the characters an amusing haughtiness that evokes plenty of laughs. Megan (Ellie Gettig) is another recipient of Bernies kindness: Arriving in New York at the urging of her mother, she finds herself star-struckEllie Gettig, left, plays Megan and Pat Mahan plays Bessie in the West Coast Players production of Seconds from Broadway. See CURTAIN CALL, page 3B Looking ahead Looking ahead RIC only RIC only RIC only *With purchase. Prices above are per hearing aid. 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Entertainment 3B Beacon, January 26, 2012and clueless. Gettig takes the cookie-cutter character of the small-town-girl-eager-to-becomea-Broadway-star and makes it fresh and believable with her sincere performance. Tom Costello arrives in the second act, portraying Mickeys older brother, Harry. His appearance marks the subtle change in tone as he begs Mickey to help his son fulfill his own dream of becoming an actor. On stage, Costello and Harber are completely believable as brothers. Graham Jones plays Andrew, an English producer trying to convince Mickey to do a show in London. Pat Mahan portrays Bessie, a self-confident and successful actress preparing to make the move to Hollywood. Rosalyn Savel and Leo Salerno deliver the cafs two most eccentric characters, Rayleen and Charles. Rayleen, the grand dame archetype, appears to have lost her marbles somewhere along the line and the terminally taciturn Charles wordlessly guides her through the motions, allowing her to partake of all her marvelously comic idiosyncrasies. Charles finally snaps, though and Salerno vents the characters revelations pithily even if it isnt pretty. Of course, the playwright sets it right. Simon sees an idealized world, and likewise often renders it so in his work. Director Domenic Bisesti wrote in his notes that one of the hardest jobs a director faces is establishing character relationships. This one has all types: old friends, happily married, not so happily married, business and family, Bisesti writes. These actors have worked long and hard on creating relationships with an all too realistic edge. Those meticulously forged relationships blossom on stage: from Costello and Harbers Fox brothers and Flores and Kastels husband-and-wife restaurateurs to Bell and Reins snooty matinee mavens and Savel and Salernos unconventional duo. It is the authenticity and genuineness of these on-stage connections that reinforces the disjointed slice-oflife scenarios that play out in the Polish Tea Room and makes Simons Seconds from Broadway more than the sum of its parts. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $18. For reservations, call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. CURTAIN CALL, from page 1BConcertsBuddy Guy headlines Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival; Sha Na Na, Doobie Brothers headed to Ruth Eckerd Hall The Doobie Brothers perform Sunday, Feb. 26, at Ruth Eckerd Hall. By LEE CLARK ZUMPEBay area venues, both large and small, will present an array of rock legends, jazz giants, blues and country artists in the coming weeks. The Knology Clearwater SeaBlues Festival sails back into February in 2012. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. This years festival headliners include Buddy Guy, Janiva Magness and Curtis Salgado. While enjoying great live performances, attendees also have an opportunity to experience Gulf Coast cuisine as vendors dish up jumbo shrimp, crab cakes, oysters and crawfish and gumbo. Saturdays lineup, starting at noon, will include performances by the Michael Williams Band, Curtis Salgado and Buddy Guy. Sundays lineup, beginning at 1 p.m., will feature performances by Beverly McClellan, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Janiva Magness. Coolers, food and drink will not be admitted into the park. One sealed bottle of water per person is allowed. Chairs and blankets also are permitted. There also will be chair rentals at the venue. Pets are not allowed. Assistance animals are permitted. Personal umbrellas are allowed; however, beach umbrellas, sunshades, tents and canopies will not be permitted. Admission is free. There is limited reserved seating available for purchase. Visit www.clearwa terseablues.com.Following is a list of other music scene events in the coming weeks:Capitol Theatre Daedalus String Quartet, Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Christine Lavin, Sunday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Brandi Carlile Acoustic Trio, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Terrance Simien and Zydeco, Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. Andy Grammer, Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Terrance Simien: Creole for Kidz, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. Jane Monheit, Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre is at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call 7917400 or visit www.atthecap.com.Dunedin Brewery Tribal Style, Friday, Feb. 3, 9 p.m. The Fritz, Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 p.m. Appleseed Collective, Thursday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. Uncle Johns Band, Friday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m. Memphis Train Union, Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 p.m. Human Condition, Friday, Feb. 17, 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery is at 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Call 7360606 or visit dunedinbrewery .com.Jannus Live Robert Cray, Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Southside Johnny, Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Yonder Mountain String Band, Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. The Saw Doctors, Feb. 25, 9 p.m. Red, Sunday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m. Jannus Live is at 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 5650550 or visit www.jannuslive .com.Jolli Mons Grill Gerry Diamond and BlackJack Blues, Friday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Scotty Lee and the Treble Hooks, Saturday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Bone Yard Dogs, Saturday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Between Bluffs, Saturday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. Trigger City Trio, Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. Gator Tooth, Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Jolli Mons Grill is at 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. Visit www.jollimonsgrill.com. Largo Cultural Center Chris Brubecks Triple Play, Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m. Carla DelVillaggio presents Simply Streisand, Friday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Kings of Country, Monday, Feb. 27, 2 and 7 p.m. The Largo Cultural Center is at 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.The Local 662 Tomorrow Bad Seeds, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Authority Zero, Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. The Local 662 is at 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 2584829.The Mahaffey The Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Bestloved Symphonies; Thursday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. The Florida Orchestra: A Night in the Tropics with Charles Lazarus, Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Gladys Knight, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 2; Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. Pat Boone, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. Diana Ross, Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. The Mahaffey is at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com.Orpheum Mike Doughty, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Mishka, Saturday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Saul Williams, Sunday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m. The Orpheum is at 1902 14th St. (Republica de Cuba), Ybor City. Call 813-248-9500.Palladium at St. Pete College Roy Book Binder, Friday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m. Ennis, Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Jeffrey Siegel, Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Noel Paul Stookey, Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. The Palladium at St. Petersburg College is at 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.Ruth Eckerd Hall Patti Labelle and Boney James, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m. Sha Na Na, Thursday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m. Willie Nelson, Thursday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. The Clearwater Chorus with Suzanne and Matt Ruley, Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., in the Murray Studio Theater Keb Mo, Friday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Vivaldis Four Seasons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m. Mandy Patinkin, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Paul Anka, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Michael Amante, Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 2, Sunday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Kelly Clarkson, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. Dennis DeYoung: Music of Styx with The Florida Orchestra; Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Debby Boone, Saturday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. The Doobie Brothers, Sunday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Irish Rovers, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.Tampa Bay Times Forum Radiohead, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum is at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www.tampabaytimesforum.com.Skippers Smokehouse Enter the Haggis, Friday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m. James McMurty, Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m. Bart Walker Band featuring Reese Wynans, Tuesday, Feb. 7 Zach Deputy Band, Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Beausoleil, Sunday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m. Shaun Murphy Band, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Skippers Smokehouse is at 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Call 813-971-0666 or visit www.skip perssmokehouse.com.State Theatre Wayne Static, Friday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Anvil, Sunday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Emilie Autumn, Monday, Feb. 13, 9 p.m. State Theatre is at 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 8953045 or visitwww.statethe atreconcerts.com. 011212Again Book Our New Party Room for your Event! 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