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Largo High School earns first AIn total, nine Pinellas County high schools earn top score from the state By JULIANA A. TORRESLARGO Largo High School was one of nine high schools in Pinellas County that improved its school grade from a B to an A for the 2011-12 school year. Nine of the countys 16 schools received an A, up from just two last year. The grades, which are based on student achievement and improvements in scores on state assessment tests, were released for high schools by the Florida Department of Education on Dec. 21. Other schools in Pinellas who improved to an A letter grade from a B were Countryside, Osceola Fundamental, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs high schools. Boca Ciega High Schools A grade was two-letter improvement over last years C. Four county schools Largo, Boca Ciega, Countryside and Pinellas Park high schools received an A for the first time. Superintendent Michael Grego stated in a press release Dec. 21 that Pinellas County Schools were very pleased with the key indicators of student success and preparedness to transition to post-secondary education and careers. Our schools are rising to the challenge. This is a very happy day for Pinellas County Schools, he stated. To calculate the scores, the Department of Education considers the schools FCAT scores, graduation rates, participation and performance in accelerated classes and college readiness, assessing point values for each category. Half of the points are earned through scores on the reading, math, writing and science FCATs, with improvements in scores for the entire student body population and those in lower 25 percent weighed equally. Ten Pinellas high schools increased their students participation in more rigorous courses. Fifteen of the countys 16 high schools increased their graduation rates, despite the rates being calculated based on four years of enrollment for the first time this year. Palm Harbor University High School maintained the same 95 percent graduation rate as 2011. Our teachers and administrators are truly working to foster and maintain cultures of learning and continuous improvement in our schools where everyone, adults and Features Thorntons opensThorntons officially opened its second location in Florida on the morning of Dec. 30, at 8875 Ulmerton Road. Also, the city of Largo administration weighs in on a proposed rental option for the planned data center. ... Page 3A.LARGO COMMUNITYWedding planner earns distinctionWedding planner Tammy Waterman, owner of Pinellas Parks Special Moments, will try just about anything once when coordinating an event. Its because of Watermans creativity and unwavering enthusiasm that she was recently designated a Master Bridal Consultant by the Association of Bridal Consultants. ... Page 11A.BUSINESSMetro area leads state in job growthFlorida Gov. Rick Scott announced the news Dec. 21 Tampa-St. PetersburgClearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area is leading all metro areas in over the year job creation with a gain of 22,900 jobs. The local MSA also had a 2.2 percent decline in unemployment so far this year. Since December 2010, unemployment has declined 3.3 percentage points, from 11.4 percent to 8.1 percent. The good news continues to Pinellas County where unemployment declined from 8 percent in October to 7.9 percent by the end of November. Compared to last year, unemployment is down 2.1 percent. The famous Winter the dolphin and a new friend, Hope, have now been successfully paired in the main pool of Clearwater Marine Aquarium. ... 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Brian Rebori, D.C. 11444 Seminole Blvd., Largo 727-393-6100 Learn More at: www .DrGregHollstrom.com Photo by JULIANA A. TORRESThe marquee of Largo High School celebrates its distinction as one of nine high schools in Pinellas County that improved its school grade from a B to an A for the 2011-12 school year.Pedestrian safety: A matter of life and deathEditors note: This is the first part of a series of stories called Watch Your Step on pedestrian safety issues in Pinellas County. The series continues next week. By SUZETTE PORTERCrossing Pinellas Countys busy roadways can be scary even when pedestrians and motorists are paying close attention. And when theyre not, the results are fatal. In 2008, state and local officials began looking for ways to decrease the number of pedestrian crash fatalities. Floridas numbers were worse than any other state except New Mexico. Floridas rate was 50 percent higher than California, 62 percent higher than Texas and 85 percent higher than the national average. And Pinellas Countys rate was even higher 3.02 fatalities per 100,000 persons compared to 2.99 per 100,000 statewide. Over a five-year period, on average, 28 people died each year in Pinellas and almost 100 suffered an incapacitating injury. Another 250 a year suffered less severe injuries. So on Sept. 8, 2008, representatives from the cities of Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Pinellas Countys Metropolitan Planning Organization, Sheriffs Office, Public Works, School District along with staff and consultants from the Florida Department of Transportation participated in a daylong workshop presented by Federal Highway Administrations pedestrian safety experts. Those stakeholders formulated a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, which was finalized in August 2009. If the Pinellas County per capita crash rate was reduced to the rate of California or Texas, 40 to 45 people per year could be spared death or incapacitating injury, according to the PSAPs purpose statement. If the countys rate could be brought to the national average, lives saved would increase to nearly 60 per year. Pinellas County Commission Vice-Chair Karen Seel, incoming chair of the MPO, gave examples of pedestrian safety improvements done since 2008. She pointed to installation of more than 8,000 countdown and pedestrian activated signals and more than 50 school zone flashers throughout the county. She talked about implementation of state legislation requiring motorists to stop at crosswalks with traffic signals or signs and FDOTs Stop and Look pedestrian awareness campaign. She included the Safe Routes to School Education Program for elementary and middle school students and the Walkwise Tampa Bay Program. These examples reflect a three-pronged approach to pedestrian safety that focuses on engineering, enforcement and education, Seel said. Based on what we found with the recent MPO bicycle and pedestrian crash study, educational initiatives designed to raise the level of awareness of pedestrian laws and safe practices by walkers as well as motorists would have the most direct impact on the reduction of pedestrian crashes in Pinellas County. Therefore, to make significant gains in the reduction of pedestrian crashes, this is an area that needs more attention moving forward.Education and enforcementEducation and enforcement is how the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office is contributing to the solution. The agency received an additional $70,000 in pedestrian safety grant money from FDOT in April to continue work started with grant funding of $20,000 in 2010. The money will pay for traffic enforcement details and education outreach programs throughout the county. Sgt. David DiSano, PCSO public information officer, said off-duty deputies sign up for details scheduled, most often, in areas where high numbers of pedestrian crashes occur or where the most potential exists. Deputies go out and look for people not crossing at marked crosswalks and for motorists not yielding to pedestrians as required by law. He said it was surprising to see the number of people not using a crosswalk when there was one within walking distance. Our main objective is education, DiSano said. Were not just out there writing tickets. However, deputies will issue warnings or citations when necessary, which is more of a Watch your StepPart One Crossing intersections can be scary at times, residents say By BRIAN GOFFPedestrians using major intersections in Pinellas County all say the same thing: they dont feel safe when they are crossing those intersections, even with traffic signals and walk signs. They agree the problem isnt the signals or signs; its the cars. Lynn Heritage of Largo said what scares her every time she crosses the street are cars making right turns. I nearly got hit twice recently, she said. I walk this way every day and I have to constantly be on my guard for cars that dont stop even when I have the right of way. Heritage was crossing East Bay Drive at Keene Road, and as she was being interviewed she had to stop in her tracks as a car, coming south on Keene, made a right turn without stopping. If I hadnt stopped I would have been killed, she said. A little later, winter visitor Ann Thibodeau of Peterborough, Ontario, was waiting for the light to change at that same intersection and she agreed with Heritage. I dont feel safe here. The cars dont stop when they are making a right turn, she said. I feel safer down the street jay walking across than waiting here at the corner for the light. Thibodeau said she has a policy whenever she crosses a Photo by TOM GERMONDSeminole Boulevard from Bay Pines Boulevard to Ulmerton Road is considered a problem area for pedestrian safety. Shown is traffic heading north at Seminole Boulevard and 110th Avenue.major intersection at the lights. I will not even begin to cross until I make eye contact with the driver of an oncoming car, she said. Once I am sure the driver sees me, then Ill cross. Further east at the intersection of East Bay Drive and Belcher Road the story was much the same. Deanna Rodriguez walks along East Bay from her Largo home to work and back every day. No, I dont feel safe when it comes time to cross the street, she said. Even when I have the right of way the cars dont stop or wait for us. Add to that sometimes the lights dont last long enough to get across safely, so no I dont feel safe. Pedestrians on sidewalks also Photo by BRIAN GOFFLargo resident Charles Blackstone crosses East Bay Drive at Belcher Road during a busy rush hour. See SAFETY, page 4A See CROSSING, page 4A See GRADES, page 5A Business . . . . . . . . . .6-7A Classieds . . . . . . . . .5-7B Community . . . . . . . . .11A County . . . . . . . . . . .4-5A Entertainment . . . . . . . .1-4B Faith & family . . . . . . . . .9A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .12A Pet connection . . . . . . . .10A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .8A Call 397-5563 For News & AdvertisingVIEWPOINTSTom GermondAll about credit scores and the dating game. Page 8A. Tammy Waterman
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For more information, visit the Train Weekend link at www.LargoEvents.com.Genealogy classesLARGO The Pinellas Genealogy Society offers a variety of free classes every month at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Topics in January include how to get started, how to use family search.org, military records, the Library of Congress, managing digital photos, protecting your computer data and more. For a complete listing with details of classes and scheduled times, visit www.flpgs.org/classes.aspx. For more information, email Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com or call 595-4521.Largo Community CenterLargo Community Center is at 400 Alt. Keene Road. Visit LargoCom munityCenter.com or call 518-3131.Swing anniversary danceLARGO Swing Dance Saturdays celebrates its anniversary with a special dance and a live band on Jan. 19, 7 to 11 p.m., at Largo Community Center. Encore Four will be featured band. The cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.Weekly events Square dancing: Fridays, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Spend the evening dancing country-style to professional caller Allen Snell. The cost is $6. Open Air Market: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Browse through a variety of vendors in a market featuring local produce, crafters, food, jewelry, artists and entertainment. Swing dancing: Saturdays, 7 to 11 p.m. Enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing on a 5,600-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. Free lessons from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a dance with music by DJ is Savoy Swing. The cost is $6 with a recreation card and $7 without a recreation card. Bay Area Singles dance : Sundays, 6 to 10 p.m. Dress to impress, and join about 150 singles and friends of all ages to dance to an extensive music library to fit every taste. Cost is $8.Highland Recreation ComplexHighland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Visit HighlandRecreation.com or call 518-3016.Cupids CutiesLARGO The Highland Recreation Complex will host a Valentinethemed event called Cupids Cuties on Friday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to noon. Dress to the theme as we have fun making a craft, hear a story and enjoy a snack. The cost is $5 in advance or $8 the day of the event. Shape up for Largos Shamrockn Run 5KLARGO Highland Recreation Center is offering a group training program to help new runners prepare for the Shamrockn Run 5K on March 15. The program is designed for tackling their first 5K, or 3.1-mile, race or those who want to increase their overall fitness level. Participants will meet for group runs and receive homework and training information to help them meet their goals and finish the race. Classes will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from Jan. 23 through March 13, at the Highland Recreation Complex. 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Tickets are, with a recreation card, $5 for residents and $6.25 for nonresidents or $9.25 without a card.Southwest Recreation ComplexSouthwest Recreation Complex, which includes an aquatic complex, is at 13120 Vonn Road. Call 518-3125 for recreation or 518-3126 for the pool. Visit PlayLargo.com.Indoor community garage saleLARGO The Southwest Recreation Center will host a community garage sale, featuring more than 60 sold-out tables on Jan. 19, 8 a.m. to noon. Come rain or shine and browse the variety of items. Admission is free. Call 518-3125.SilverSneakers programLARGO The SilverSneakers program an innovative health, exercise, and wellness plan to help older adults live healthy, active lifestyles is coming to the Southwest Recreation Center and Pool. The programs gives members a daily fitness pass, daily pool admission for fitness swimming and classes including Aqua Fit & Trim, yoga, tai chi, chair exercise, muscular strength and range of movement and Fit Over 50. Check with your health plan today to see if you are eligible.Lego BuildingLARGO Lego Building, for ages 5 to 12, meets on first Saturdays, 10 to 11 a.m., at Southwest Recreation Complex. Januarys theme is Extraordinary Creations. Get hands-on experience while learning construction, programming and teamwork. Tickets range from $5 to $9.25. CALENDAR, from page 2ALeasing space for data center considered Photo courtesy of THORNTONSThorntons officially opened its second location in Florida on the morning of Dec. 30, at 8875 Ulmerton Road in Largo. The first Florida location was opened in Clearwater. The store is celebrating by offering free coffee and fountain drinks during its opening weeks. In the next three years, Thorntons plans to open 15 to 20 locations in the greater Tampa Bay area. Thorntons opens By JULIANA A. TORRESLARG0 A proposal said to save the city of Largo about $1 million by leasing space in a privately-owned building instead of constructing a new $3 million data center doesnt quite live up to its estimated promises, city staff has concluded. A memo written to the Largo Commission by Assistant City Manager Henry Schubert Dec. 27 recommends that the city proceed with the design and construction of the stand-alone building instead of a lease. The 3,000square-foot building designed to house and protect the citys computer, networking and server equipment is slated for the southwest corner of the library parking lot at 120 Central Park Drive. But the project will cost about $1.1 million more than the commission originally agreed to set aside for it. While commissioners reluctantly directed staff to proceed with the more expensive project as presented in November, businessman John Hopengarten of Westchase Group later suggested the city lease the first floor in his proposed office building named the Highland Center at 701 Highland Ave. Necessary alterations to the building and a five-year lease would only cost $2,076,844 and thus save taxpayer money, he said in a rushed, unsolicited presentation during the commission meeting Dec. 4. In order to pursue the option of leasing, the city would have to advertise a request for other potential proposals. However, Commissioner Robert Murray asked staff to look into Hopengartens suggestion. Schubert, IT Director Harold Schomaker and Facility Manager Glenn Harwood met with Hopengarten on Dec. 18 to discuss the details of his proposal. The Dec. 27 memo outlines several issues that were discussed as potential problems with the lease. The building would need about $1.6 million in alterations not including interior finishes to suit the citys specifications for a data center. The office center would need to be hardened to stand Category 5 hurricane winds, the ceiling height would need to be raised about 2 feet to accommodate a raised floor in the server room and protection would have to be added to the mechanical units and generator on the roof of the building. Further, city staff wasnt sure if there was room for semi-trailer trucks to back into the driveway from Eighth Avenue and offload necessary equipment. Mr. Hopengarten recognizes that the costs in his proposal were based on limited information, Schubert wrote in the memo. His memo repeatedly stated a concern for the longevity of leasing the space. Given Hopengartens cost estimates, the city would save $749,254 over the five-year lease term proposed. A 10-year lease would only net $213,650 in savings. At the end of the lease, the city would still need a data center, the memo stated twice. As an additional obstacle, the cost of a lease could not come from the citys local option sales tax fund, from which the current data center project would be funded, but would have to be paid from the general fund. Hopengarten isnt the only member of the community to suggest an alternative plan for the data center. During a neighborhood compatibility meeting on Dec. 17, residents of the Lake Alison subdivision also had concerns for the proposed building, according to a weekly report from the Largo city manager. The residents feared the building would interrupt their homes view of Largo Central Park and change the ambiance of Central Park Drive. They suggested it be moved to the parking lot north of the library. Staff agreed to consider the alternative location. The data center, as approved by the commission on Nov. 13, would be ready to be occupied by November 2013.
4A County Leader, January 3, 2013financial infraction, DiSano said. According to the Pinellas County Clerk of the Courts Office, the fine for pedestrian violations is $62.50. Deputies often speak to groups, such as neighborhood watch, homeowners associations and schools, where pedestrian safety is a topic of conversation. DiSano said people want to know the best spots to walk in areas without sidewalks. They ask questions about crossings where it is legal to turn right on red. Deputies teach the basics. 1. Always stop, look to the LEFT, to the RIGHT and to the LEFT again. 2. Stay within the crosswalk and briskly walk straight across the street. 3. Wear bright colored clothing. 4. When walking at night, carry a lighted flashlight and wear reflective clothing. 5. Walk facing traffic. 6. Watch for vehicles backing up. 7. Dont walk near traffic after taking medication or drinking alcohol. 8. Dont assume a driver will see you. 9. Always stop at the curb or the edge of the road. DiSano said some people walk when theyve had too much to drink thinking it is a safer alternative to getting behind the wheel of their vehicle. The last thing they need to do is drive, he said. But walking is not necessarily good either, especially on our congested streets. The best plan is to already have a designated driver. If not, they should call a cab or a friend or someone to come pick them up. The objective is safety. DiSano took a moment to talk about what a motorist should do if they are involved in a pedestrian crash. Stay at the scene, he said. A motorist that hits a pedestrian and drives off theres no excuse for it. He said most likely the motorist drives off in the heat of the moment or because theyre intoxicated. But they will just end up with a bunch of other charges, he said. Leaving the scene of a crash with injuries is very serious. It will just make a bad situation worse. They dont need to worry about a ticket or charge when someones life is at stake. Stay at the scene. Call 911. The Department of Highway Safety and Vehicles recently released the latest numbers for pedestrian crashes. In 2011, Pinellas had 3.59 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people up from the 3.02 reported in 2008. Thirty-three people died from injuries suffered in a pedestrian crash in 2011 and 298 suffered injuries. Thats a lot, especially when you consider that 3.02 to 3.24 is not just a number, this is peoples lives, DiSano said.Plan update and latest proposalsDuring the Dec. 12 meeting of the MPO, the board was presented with an update to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Pedestrian crash statistics did not include 2011, but for the years 2007 to 2010, there was no substantial decrease despite stepped up efforts to improve safety. In 2007, 262 pedestrian crashes were reported, jumping to 345 in 2008, 351 in 2009 and 350 in 2010. In 2007, 80 people died or suffered serious injury due to a pedestrian crash. In 2008, the number grew to 104, 112 in 2009 and 114 in 2010. The report listed a number of countermeasures that could help bring the numbers down, including better lighting, lane striping, enhanced pedestrian crossings, infrastructure improvements, livable community approaches and pedestrian, bicycle and transit-friendly land design. Susan Miller, a planner with Pinellas Countys Planning Department, explained that pedestrian safety included all vulnerable users, those who walk, ride bikes, skateboards or scooters. They have different needs, nonmotorized issues and facilities that they need to feel safe, she said. These needs are a big part of the ongoing planning process for pedestrian safety, she said. She said the latest report shows several areas with a high number of incidents and most common crash types, which allows analysis of what, where and how to improve. Making improvements to pedestrian safety involves many moving parts. Education plays a big part, as does making better choices on the part of pedestrians and motorists, Miller said. Pedestrians have to take some responsibility over their own movements, she said. And motorists should be watchful for high-risk pedestrians, such as children, who have no understanding of the rules of the road and dont think before they run out into the road. The elderly also are at high-risk because they may not be able to move as fast and have slower reaction times. It is a complex solution, Miller said. Theres not just one thing. It takes working together to make things safe. The countys Planning Department provides staff for the MPO and thus is an intricate part of the work being done to improve transportation and movement. Safety is a very important component, Miller said.Coordination is a necessityEverything takes coordination by numerous agencies and municipalities. PSTA is one of the agencies heavily involved in planning for transportation and pedestrian safety. Bob Lasher, PSTA manager of Community Relations, relayed information gleaned from PSTA staff members who plan stop locations and safety countermeasures. In many ways, stop safety and placement is all about flexibility and adaptation for the given location, Lasher said. Sometimes well get requests for stops that can be installed in a few hours, others, due to safety concerns may have to be held up until we can install proper landing pads. In other cases we may even have to re-route the line. Most transit systems, like PSTA, prefer to locate stops as close to safe crossing areas and intersections as possible, he said. Most prefer the far side of the intersections, so that the bus has already passed through the light when it makes the stop. The exception will be when there is a crosswalk only on the near side, then agencies put the stop where the passengers dont have to cross the intersection twice to get across the street, he said. Normally, when a rider gets to the end of a route and theyve bought a one-way fare, theyll have to buy another fare after the bus makes the turnaround, however, on PSTA, riders who are making a turn around to get to a safe stop on the other side of the roadway are always allowed a free turn around to get to the stop, Lasher said. This is particularly popular and effective on routes like U.S. 19. Transit agencies around the world struggle with roads along major thoroughfares. We have to serve the businesses and communities along those roads yet we cant just limit stops to intersections as they are often too far apart, Lasher said. At the same time, we dont want people making unsafe crossings on those roadways. In those cases, we prefer that riders take a bus on their side of the road to an intersection where they can cross safely and catch one going in the other direction if needed. It may take a few minutes longer, but its worth it for safetys sake.Problem spots and solutionsPSTA travels along corridors identified as problem spots. According to the pedestrian safety plan update, one such area is on Park Boulevard from Park Street to U.S. 19, where people are crossing between intersections and mid-block to access the buses. Suggestions for improvement include installation of raised medians to provide pedestrian refuges and make intersections feel safer and looking for ways to enhance mid-block crossing coupled with moving or modifying bus stops. West Bay Drive from Indian Rocks Road to 58th Street is a spot where increased education for pedestrians and motorists is recommended along with enhanced mid-block crossing and possible bus stop changes. Fourth Street in St. Petersburg from Ninth Avenue South to 46th Avenue North provides a number of challenges, including people crossing between signals, crashes due to motorists not seeing pedestrians in crosswalks and crashes by motorists making a right turn on red and not seeing pedestrians in crosswalks. The consultant recommends raised medians, installation of signal lights that give pedestrians a head start when crossing the street and elimination of the right turn on red when a pedestrian requests a walk signal. Other problem spots include Fort Harrison Avenue from Belleair Road to Drew Street, Seminole Boulevard from Bay Pines Boulevard to Ulmerton Road and Tampa Road from Orange Street to Race Track Road. Gulf to Bay intersections at Belcher Road, Old Coachman Road South, U.S. 19 and Park Place Boulevard are additional problem areas as are intersections on 34th Street.Good news and bad newsFatalities from traffic crashes in the state decreased almost 2 percent between 2010 and 2011. Fatalities have dropped every year since 2005, resulting in a 32 percent reduction. However, the news is not so good for pedestrians. On Dec. 22, Florida Highway Patrol reported an observed increase in pedestrian crashes, with one in eight being a fatality crash. During 2012, FHP investigated 331 traffic crashes involving pedestrians in which 43 were fatalities. With Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties totaling the highest number of pedestrian fatalities this year for Patrols Troop C with 12, 11 and 12 fatal crashes respectively, pedestrians are urged to increase their awareness along Floridas roadways, said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, FHP public affairs officer. With 87 percent of fatalities occurring at night or in low-light conditions, pedestrians are urged and reminded to wear bright color attire for conspicuity. Dale Lee Roberts, 24, of Pinellas Park died Dec. 22 when he was hit by a vehicle about 3:30 a.m. on Gandy Boulevard west of the Gandy Bridge. According to FHPs report, Roberts was walking in the roadway with no reflective clothing. The driver, unable to see in the dark, collided with Roberts who suffered fatal injuries and expired at the scene of the crash, the report said. Nearly two-thirds of pedestrian fatalities involve a failure to yield on the part of the pedestrian, Gaskins said. As such, pedestrians should understand that Florida traffic law requires obedience to laws designed for the safety of all parties and most especially the pedestrian, he said. The use of pedestrian crosswalks, sidewalks and other similar roadway designs has been specifically engineered with pedestrian safety in mind. When sidewalks are not available, pedestrians should travel in a manner facing oncoming traffic and understand that especially in low-light conditions, drivers may not see or expect pedestrian traffic. Miller said a great deal of effort goes into planning for what some might say is a small number of crashes when compared to motor vehicle crashes. But every one of the statistics represents a person, she said. This is about safety for our most vulnerable. It takes everyone working together to make a difference. have to be on the lookout for people on bicycles. Niko Westman of High Point arrived at the East Bay-Belcher intersection on his bike. He commented that at busy times along East Bay it was dangerous to ride his bike on the street. When he walks he said it is just as dangerous. Me and the kids nearly got hit six times last week alone, he said. The drivers dont care. They just keep on coming; they dont care. Cathy Bassi of Largo has to be vitally aware of how safe it is to cross the street. She makes an almost daily trek from her home off Belcher to the Publix at the corner of East Bay and Belcher, while pushing a young woman in a wheelchair. This limits her mobility and puts her and her charge at greater risk. It is scary at times, she said. Then she repeated what the others had said. The cars making the right hand turns just dont stop, they dont care. No sooner were those words out of her mouth when a car, coming north on Belcher made a right onto East Bay, just feet away from her and her wheelchair, forcing her to pull back. Im amazed more people dont get hurt, she said. Bassi, like most of the others said the lights and walk signs were fine and for the most part timed out properly for pedestrians to get across. She reiterated that it was the cars making right turns that were the problem. Charles Blackstone of Largo added his voice to the complaint. Sometimes the cars just ignore you, he said. It seems they just dont care. Earlier in the day, at the busy intersection of Ulmerton Road and Seminole Boulevard, a man had just crossed through a construction zone pushing his walker. He needed the help of a crossing guard. He made it safely. He wanted to remain anonymous, but perhaps summed up the entire situation the best when he said: Traffic is coming in all four directions, with that there is always the unknown, just like life. This should be simple, but it often turns out tragically, he said. CROSSING, from page 1A SAFETY, from page 1AST. PETERSBURG Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, is urging customers to be on alert for a new utility bill payment scam affecting customers across the country. Under the scam, customers are receiving a call informing them their electric service is scheduled for immediate disconnection and they should make a payment by purchasing a money pack card at a local drug or convenience store. Progress Energy has received reports of customers who have been contacted about this scam in its Florida service territory, targeting Spanishspeaking customers. The money pack card is a temporary pre-pay credit card that requires a registration process. After the customer purchases the card, he or she is instructed to call the fraudulent party back to make a payment. The customer is instructed to provide a receipt number and PIN number. Once that information is obtained, the money on the card is then transferred to the fraudulent party. Progress Energy does not contact customers to obtain personally identifiable information. In addition, the company encourages anyone who receives a call indicating their electric service is scheduled for immediate disconnect, to contact law enforcement and report the attempted fraud. The 24-Hour media line 1-800-559-3853, 299 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 www.progress-energy.com Any homeowner in doubt about the identity of someone claiming to be a Progress Energy employee should call Progress Energys customer service center (1-800-452-2777 in the Carolinas/1-800700-8744 in Florida) to confirm the employees identity. Customers who are contacted by phone, email, through social media or through other channels, can verify an individuals affiliation with Progress Energy by calling the same number.Program helps students walk to school safely By TOM GERMONDBeing stuck in the car lines on their way to school can wear thin with children and parents. Many are finding a way around it in the Walking School Bus program, through which volunteers escort students to and from schools. The federally funded program under the auspicies of the Florida Department of Transportation is run by All Childrens Hospital in Pinellas County. Hospital community educator, Tiffany Sabiel, the coordinator of the program, helps map out the routes and find where the kids are coming to school from, especially now that Pinellas County schools has gone back to neighborhood schools. So a lot of kids are living 2 miles or less of their school zone. A lot of them are walking to school. If they are walking why not get the parents involved and help them get there safely, Sabiel said. Ridgecrest Elementary started a program, called the Walk A Way Train, after parents and staff heard a presentation from Sabiel in December 2011. Parents volunteered and received training and the program was launched in mid-January 2012. The Walk A Way Train is the name coined by a group of school parents whose families live in the neighborhood near the elementary school, 1901 119th St. They have parents who currently are walking every day to and from school to help cut back with the truancy issue, making sure the kids are getting there on time to eat their breakfast and just making sure that they are stopping at the stop signs that they are looking right and left, they are looking for vehicles. They are crossing at the crosswalks, and crossing with the crossing guards, Sabiel said. At least two other schools in the county have a Walking School Bus program and two more are starting this month. We go into the schools in Pinellas County and we do education to try to reverse the trends of numbers of pedestrian and bicycle deaths that we have in Pinellas County, which is very high in Florida compared to all the other states, she said. In May volunteers and staff at Ridgecrest Elementary spoke highly of the program. Before the program was started some of the children walking to and from school caused behavior problems. That subsided, as did tardiness. We are trying to help kids get out of the cars being stuck in the car lines that are 20 minutes is a long time. Its faster, its fun to get on their feet and walk, and the kids really enjoy it, Sabiel said. The program continues to be positive in many ways, said Michael Moss, who became principal at the Ridgecrest before the start of this school year. It serves to unite the local community with parents coming together helping students to walk safely to and from school. Each morning and afternoon a group of committed parents spend time leading the train, Moss said. The parents take pride in the train and it really represents a model for other schools to follow. For more information on the Walking School Bus program, call Tiffany Sabiel at 767-4124 or send an email to tiffany.schreiber@all kids.org. Photo by TOM GERMONDThe Walk A Way Train helps ensure students get to and from Ridgecrest Elementary School safely. Watch Your Step Watch Your StepToss the tinsel, but not the treeCounty officials encourage residents to recycle their Christmas trees so they can be processed into useful mulch. Remember to remove all decorations, including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights. Keep the tree loose, not in a bag or trashcan. If you live in an apartment or condo, place your tree near the dumpster, without blocking access to it, a county news release said. The following cities offer Christmas tree recycling: Belleair: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call 588-3769, ext. 401. Clearwater: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call 562-4920. Dunedin: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9. Residents without curbside yard waste pickup can plan a pickup day with their association. For information, call 298-3215, ext. 1321. Gulfport: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call 893-1089. Indian Rocks Beach: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call 595-6889. Largo: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6. For information, call 587-6760. Madeira Beach: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call 3919951, ext. 229. Oldsmar: Drop off at 107 Shore Drive W., across from Park Boulevard. Open from Dec. 26 to Jan. 11. For information, call 749-1266. Pinellas Park: Drop off at 12950 40th St. (residents only). For information, call 541-0711. Safety Harbor: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call 7241550. St. Petersburg: Drop off at a St. Petersburg brush site: 1000 62nd Ave. NE.; 7750 26th Ave. N.; 2500 26th Ave. S.; 4015 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S., or 2453 20th Ave. N. Another option is curbside pickup. Place your tree out by Friday, Jan. 11, for pickup on Saturday, Jan. 12. If your tree has not been picked up by Jan. 12, please call 893-7398. Tarpon Springs: Drop off at the yard waste facility at 898 S. Levis Ave. for a fee, or put out for curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call 943-4837. Treasure Island: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call 5474575, ext. 253. The following cities do not offer Christmas tree recycling: Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Seminole, South Pasadena and St. Pete Beach. Your tree will be picked up at curbside, but it will not be recycled. Residents of cities that do not offer tree recycling or residents living in unincorporated Pinellas County can recycle a tree by dropping it off at Pinellas County Solid Waste, 3095 114th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. The cost is $3 per load for a maximum of five trees. The cost for six or more trees is $37.50 per ton. Hours: Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Pinellas County Solid Waste at 464-7500, or visit www.pinellascoun ty.org/utilities. Numerous municipalities provide Christmas tree recycling services.Progress Energy warns customers of utility scam
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Seminole High School, which almost doubled its four-year graduation rate of at-risk students compared to the 2011 school year, earned a B letter grade. The school scored enough points for an A grade, which would have been an improvement from its B last year, but only tested 93 percent of its students, instead of 95 percent required to earn an A. Three schools also earned the same B grade as in 2011: Clearwater, Dunedin and Lakewood high schools. Dixie Hollins High School remained a C school. The grades of two schools, Gibbs and Northeast high schools, fell from a B to a C. GRADES, from page 1A Around PinellasTreasure Island opens up beach parkingTREASURE ISLAND In an effort to head off a possible showdown with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection over beach re-nourishment funding, the City Commission has decided to offer beach parking permits to both city residents and non-city residents. The cost of the permits will be $75, allowing the holder to use any metered city lot without feeding the meter. Under previous policy, city residents needed to pay only $5 annually for a permit that allowed parking at no additional cost in metered parking lots. Because the permits were offered only to city residents and not to nonresidents, DEP said the parking spaces the city counts toward its overall total to qualify for state re-nourishment funding would be voided, which would have made re-nourishment unattainable. State policy requires 100 public parking spaces per mile to be eligible for state re-nourishment funding. State funding accounts for 40 percent of the cost of re-nourishment projects. Federal money accounts for another 40 percent and county funding for 20 percent. Weve known for a while that this is an issue and now it has come to a head, said City Manager Reid Silverboard. In my opinion, we have two choices. Either eliminate the (permit) program or significantly increase the cost of the parking passes and sell them to everybody. This past fiscal year, the city received about $250,000 in parking meter revenue, Silverboard said, and another $6,500 in parking pass revenue. For that reason, the City Commission decided $75 per permit was a good direction to go. Those wishing not to purchase a parking permit can continue to park in the city lots using the meters for $6 a day or pay an hourly rate. If we open it up to the public, we have no idea what impact its going to have on our revenue, said Silverboard. You talk about losing $250,000 in parking revenue but if we lose the state funding for beach renourishment, its much more than $250,000, said Commissioner Alan Bildz. We cant differentiate between our residents and the public, said Mayor Bob Minning. Its that simple. Bob McClureTwo Madeira buildings targeted for redevelopmentMADEIRA BEACH A recently passed ordinance intended to aid the redevelopment of blighted properties in the city got its first use at the Dec. 17 City Commission meeting. The commission approved redevelopment plans for two multi-unit structures in the 141st/145th Street neighborhood. The area has had its share of problem rental units and was targeted in the passage of the nuisance law, which deals with criminal activities at the properties. The redevelopment ordinance follows up the nuisance law by encouraging replacement of rundown, nonconforming residential and transient properties. Photo courtesy of CYRUS HARNThe lights from Memorial Causeway Bridge glitter on the water on a recent December night. A peaceful nightThe buildings approved for redevelopment are sixunit structures at 14101 Gulf Blvd. (transient) and 14064 Palm St. (residential). Both have had neglect and lack of maintenance issues, and have suffered damage by tenants according to Community Development Director Lynn Rosetti. The properties have been declared unfit by the citys building official, she said. The redevelopment ordinance allows dwelling units on a nonconforming lot to be rebuilt to the existing nonconformity and same footprint. But the new structure must comply with required front setback, height, parking requirements and floodplain regulations in effect prior to demolition. They also must be brought up to current FEMA and building code requirements. The new ordinance relaxes some existing requirements, but encourages FEMA-compliant construction. Its purpose is to provide opportunities and incentives for the rehabilitation and/or revitalization of existing residential structures and encourage economic revitalization of the community by promoting reinvestment in older non-FEMA compliant properties. 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No Hidden Charges!010313 Pinch A Penny corporate expansion a public-private success storyCLEARWATER In 1975, pool supply company Pinch A Penny opened its doors in Pinellas County as a small discount store. With more than 200 stores in operation, Pinch A Penny is now the nations largest franchised retail pool, patio and spa company. At heart, we are still a family-owned business, said Pinch A Penny president John Thomas. From our headquarters through our franchise owners and staff, we are dedicated at every level to providing our customers with unrivaled value, quality and service. And is the companys recent expansion an example of that commitment to team excellence? Absolutely, Thomas said. If were growing, were adding jobs, were investing in our community, were adding revenue to the local economy. We dont operate in a vacuum; the success of our business is a direct product of the skilled efforts of our team the Pinch A Penny family and of the support and strength of our community Indeed, for Pinch A Penny, the support and strength of the Pinellas community was a big part of its decision to expand. This area has been my home since 1973 and its home for our employees, Thomas said. When we decided to construct new facilities to accommodate our growth, we wanted to stay here. Relocating where land was abundant would have meant disrupting the lives of our employees, and moving jobs out of Pinellas. One of the biggest challenges facing Pinch A Penny was finding a large enough parcel of land in the area to meet its needs. But the answer to the challenge was literally only one block away. The Pinellas County Economic Development Authority owned nearly 30 acres of land in an ideal location just north of where Pinch A Penny had been headquartered since 1980. With the assistance of Mike Meidel, director of Pinellas County Economic Development, the land was offered to potential buyers through a Request for Negotiation. Our goal, always, is to save and add jobs in Pinellas by assisting local companies with their expansion plans, Meidel said. We want to encourage development and redevelopment projects that aid in that mission. This RFN allowed us to add the goals of job creation and community investment to the decision making process. By broadening the scope of the negotiations, we sold surplus property, which benefited the taxpayers and helped facilitate the growth of a Pinellas-based company. Fortunately for Pinch A Penny, they offered the highest price for the land, $4.686 million, and their overall response to the RFN was the one that best fulfilled the mission of the EDA. Proceeds from the land sale went to Pinellas Countys Capital Improvement Program, Public Works allocation. Pinch A Penny has since constructed on the land a 45,000-square-foot corporate headquarters building and a 200,000-square-foot distribution center a combined investment of more than $25 million. Retaining existing jobs; adding new high-wage jobs; investing in targeted industries and designated employment centers ... these are exactly the types of projects we want for a thriving economy, said Meidel. Pinch A Penny is now working on Phase II of its expansion and should begin construction soon on a 100,000-square-foot building to accommodate manufacturing and packaging operations. This investment in our company and our community is important, Thomas said. Our company needs to have safe and sound facilities that meet the needs of our future. And our community needs the jobs that this expansion creates. When asked how a project of this magnitude can be achieved, Thomas said it was cooperation. Cooperation is the key, Thomas said. We would not have been able to stay in Pinellas County were it not for a lot of hard wogrk and cooperation from Pinellas County and the City of Largo. This project is proof that business and government can work together for the betterment of the community. To learn more about Pinch A Penny and its products visit www.pinchapenny.com. For more information on ways to grow your business in Pinellas County, visit www.pced.org or call 464-7332.This story was submitted by Pinellas County Economic Development. For more than 15 years, Hooters Management Corp has donated food to UPARCs annual holiday party. Hooters girls served chicken wings, potato salad and clam chowder at this years bash. Their mascot, Hootie, also made an appearance. UPARCs mission is to enhance the dignity and independence of people with developmental disabilities and is based in Clearwater. 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Rick Scott announced the news Dec. 21 Tampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterTT Metropolitan Statistical Area is leading all metro areas in over the year job creation with a gain of 22,900 jobs. The local MSA also had a 2.2 percent decline in unemployment so far this year. Since December 2010, unemployment has declined 3.3 percentage points, from 11.4 percent to 8.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted). In communities all throughout Florida, families are finding new job opportunities, Scott said. Since 2010, the private sector has created more than 200,000 private sector jobs. Floridas housing market is improving and unemployment is down. The good news continues to Pinellas County where unemployment declined from 8 percent in October to 7.9 percent by the end of November. Compared to last year, unemployment is down 2.1 percent. And the labor force is growing, going from 445,064 in November 2011 to 449,633 for the same month this year. Last year, 44,617 were reported as unemployed compared to 35,539 in November 2012. Pinellas County tied with Hillsborough County to rank No. 39 among the states 67 counties. The two counties had the same unemployment rate as the state, 7.9 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 7.4 percent, not seasonally adjusted, which is a decline from 8.2 percent a year ago. The local MSA includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Hernandos unemployment rate dropped from 13.1 percent last November to 9.6 percent this year. Pasco Countys numbers improved by 2.6 percentage points going from 11.6 percent in 2011 to 9.0 percent. Hillsborough Countys unemployment decreased 1.9 percent, from 9.8 percent to 7.9 percent. Hernando County tied with Indian River County for the No. 9 position in rankings by unemployment. Hendry County, with an unemployment rate of 11.6 percent, ranks No. 1. Pasco County tied with Polk and Glades for the No. 13 spot. Monroe County ranked No. 67 with the lowest unemployment in the state, 4.7 percent. Gov. Scott reported that the local MSA added 9,700 jobs in professional and business services, 8,800 in education and health services, and another 200 jobs in the information industry. Statewide, leisure and hospitality jobs showed the largest jump, adding 31,200 this year. Trade, transportation and utilities came in second with an additional 24,700 jobs, and 20,700 jobs were added in the professional land business services industry. Total government continued to lead the way with the most job losses, 9,300 so far this year, followed by construction with a loss of 3,900 jobs and information with job losses of 1,100. Sixteen of the states 22 metro areas report job gains this year. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater leads the way, followed by OrlandoKissimmee-Sanford and West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach.Get into financial shape Little Greek Restaurant to expandLittle Greek Restaurants 11th location opened recently in the food court of Tampas WestShore Plaza, and more area locations are on the way in 2013. Opening a nontraditional location, inside of a mall will not only be a first for our company, but also for me. After seeing how well the store did and the response from customers, we are happy with our decision, said Nick Vojnovic in a press release. Vojnovic is past president of BeefOBradys. Vojnovic formed a partnership with founder Sigrid Bratic last May, becoming president of Little Greek Franchise Development LLC. In one year, the two have opened six locations, five in the Tampa Bay area and one in Texas. Development plans for 2013 are to open six franchised locations, expanding into new markets, including Austin, Texas, and Louisville, Kentucky, and developing a new prototype with the opening of a new Tampa location in January. Little Greek emphasizes Greek dishes created from generations of traditional family recipes. Existing Tampa Bay area locations include restaurants in Palm Harbor, New Port Richey, Clearwater, Carrollwood, Westchase, South Tampa, St. Petersburg and Westshore Plaza.Kers Christmas event benefits charitiesCLEARWATER For more than 17 years, Crawford Ker, CEO and founder of Kers WingHouse Bar and Grill, has donated thousands of dollars to help spread Christmas cheer to inspire the less fortunate youth of Pinellas County. This year on Christmas Day, Ker continued this tradition, donating more than $20,000 in food and toys during Kers Christmas, which takes place at Kers WingHouse Bar and Grill in Clearwater. More than 115 local Pinellas County children and their guardians attended their annual gathering. This event benefitted several charities including the Homeless Emergency Project Inc., Everybodys Tabernacle and Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch.Winter the Dolphin has a new friend HopeCLEARWATER On Dec. 11, 2010, the night that Dolphin Tale wrapped up filming, a call came into Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute that a dolphin calf had been found in the Indian River Lagoon on the east coast of Florida. The dolphin was evaluated, and in coordination with National Marine Fisheries Service, it was determined that she would be taken to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for rehabilitation. The dolphin underwent 24-hour care at CMA, receiving rehabilitation and training. She was eventually deemed non-releasable, as she was found at only 2 or 3 months old and could not gain the proper survival skills necessary to live in the wild. In February 2011, it was determined that the dolphin which was named Hope would remain permanently at CMA. Hope and the famous Winter the dolphin have now been successfully paired in the main pool of CMA, where they will be together for the foreseeable future. This new relationship will allow CMA to expand its inspirational work with people from around the world. Winter and Hope share a number of things in common. They are both females who were rescued at about 2 months old, they were both rescued in the Indian River Lagoon system, and Hope arrived at CMA exactly five years and one day from the day CMA received Winter. Also, the same rescuer, Theresa Mazza, of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, who actually held Winter in her arms the day she was rescued, was the one who found and rescued Hope. Photo courtesy of the CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUMWinter the famous dolphin now has a new friend to share her tank. Hope the dolphin shares a similar story as Winter and is now a permanent resident of CMA.Many of us start the New Year with a resolution to get in shape. Why not make 2013 the year to get your finances in great shape? Join the Florida Master Money Mentors for Managing Your Money, a workshop designed to provide practical ideas that help you build a workable spending/savings plan and establish financial goals. Participants in the class also can request personal assistance from a Florida Master Money Mentor a money coach to help with financial questions. Workshops will be offered at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. in Palm Harbor on the following dates and times: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1 to 3 p.m. The workshop is free. Register online at pce-familiesandconsu mers.eventbrite.com or call 582-2103 to reserve a seat. Pinellas County Extension is a partnership between Pinellas County government and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as part of a nationwide network of land grant universities. The University of Florida is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. The mission of Pinellas County Extension is to provide researchbased knowledge and education programs enabling people to make practical decisions to improve their quality of life and the world around them. Education focuses on sustainable living, lawn and garden, families and consumers, and 4-H youth development. Pinellas County Extension offers programming at the Extension office, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 582-2100; Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 453-6800, and at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE., St. Petersburg, 453-6500. For more information, visit www.pinellascountyextension.org and find Pinellas Extension on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this class you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. At least seven days prior to the class, please contact the Office of Human Rights, 400 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33756. Call 464-4062 (Voice/TDD). Send business news to Largo LeaderEditor Juliana Torres, Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Semin ole, FL 33772. Emailjtorres@TBN weekly.com. or call 3975563, ext. 324.
8A Viewpoints Leader, January 3, 2013 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-5563 Fax: 727-397-5900 www.TBNweekly.comPublisher/President: Dan Autrey firstname.lastname@example.org Accounting Manager: Andrea Marcarelli email@example.com Retail Advertising Manager: Jay Rey firstname.lastname@example.org Classied Advertising Manager: Shelly Fournier email@example.com Executive Editor: Tom Germond firstname.lastname@example.orgProduction Manager: David Brown email@example.com Internet Services Manager: Suzette Porter firstname.lastname@example.org Seminole/Beach Beacon: Bob McClure email@example.com Largo Leader: Juliana A. Torres firstname.lastname@example.org Belleair/Beach Bee: Tom Germond email@example.com Clearwater Beacon: Alexandra Lundahl firstname.lastname@example.org Pinellas Park Beacon: Tiffany Razzano email@example.com General Editorial firstname.lastname@example.orgCirculation: L. Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563LETTERSVisit a seniorRe: The elderly wait in silence for their children, Dec. 20Editor: What a beautiful article! Thank you for calling attention to the elderly. My aunt is in an assisted living facility, and I am there every day. We go to doctor appointments, to lunch, shopping, family gatherings, etc. I am the one who does the transportation; make sure she gets out, etc. Most people do not have any idea how long a day can be as one sits and waits, sits and waits. Where are the cheerleaders, where is the art, where is the library, the computer room, the fun places to go in the place of residence? Where is the laughter, the joining together, the little children, the lovely dining, and the fresh baked rolls smelling the place up almost like grandmas kitchen? Where is the movie theater (a wall would do), where oh where is the fun, the joy, the feeling that the day is fresh and there is something to celebrate? Is it on the bulletin board? Oh, thats right no bulletin board, except by the dining area. This should be run like a cruise ship, at least in part. Because you are old and need some help does not mean that you simply eat, play bingo, and go to bed by 6:30 p.m. My aunt goes to picnics, fishing, sunsets, plays, and childrens birthday parties and on and on but what of those who do not have someone to take them out? It can be a very long day, lonely, sad and hopeless. They deserve better! So celebrate your blessing the senior in your life. Most will have a story to tell if you listen. They have wisdom and humor and they just want to be recognized and appreciated like all of us do. So do yourself a favor and collect your blessing. Visit a senior, do something to be selfless for the moment. Gift yourself this season and celebrate the elderly. Nancy Gable SeminoleFasano for governorEditor: To restrict the elected State Rep. Mike Fasanos influence in Floridas government is an insult to all the citizens of Florida. For years Mike Fasano has represented (stood up) not only for his district but every Florida citizen well beyond any other legislator. The medias have been reporting Fasanos representation of all the Florida citizens for years. Mike Fasano would make an outstanding and caring governor, who has and would walk on his own line and not the dictates of others. Everyone who is elected to the Florida Legislature are not only representing their district; theyre representing all Floridas Districts. Their legislative vote gives every Florida citizen the right to ask any legislator of this state a justified question and to receive justified answers not receive an arrogant reply of, Youre not in my district. The elected legislators work for all of the Citizens of Florida. They work for us and we are their boss. Walter Gay DunedinWhen will we get it?Editor: So, I write this letter with a heavy hand and a heavy heart, as so many of ya feel, dealing with the grief and sorrow of this deadly shooting in Connecticut. Im writing it today, as I may not be here tomorrow there might be another tragedy. And I dont mean that as a joke, but as an unfortunate fact of life living in this country. When, when, when will we get it? What will it take for us to wake up and smell the coffee? Everyone is so externally focused and looking for the answers out there, expecting the answers from someone or something other than ourselves. Some will blame God, some will blame the devil, some will blame the mother, who was probably doing the best she could. By all accounts, this was the perfect place to raise a child a place I certainly would have loved. Some will say he was possessed, some will say he was evil. The FBI will profile him, the psychiatrists will diagnose him. His neurological system will be picked apart; the family history and family dynamic will be dissected. It will become a political issue. There are calls for gun control again and the fighting has already begun, the pros, the cons. Issues of mental health and treatment arise. But those who work in mental health and substance abuse know all too well that when there are budget cuts, these are the first to go. And we can thank a certain political party that shall remain nameless, but you know who you are. This, of course, changes dramatically when a tragedy like this happens or a family is shocked to discover that someone in the family is mentally ill or sick with an addiction. We are a shame-based society and what I say is not a new concept. The truth as I see it, and this is not original by any means, is really within ourselves. The problem is we dont know how to deal with it. We are a society that doesnt like to talk about feelings, of showing our vulnerability, of showing our soft side. I went to an exercise class and we followed up with a little social hour. Not one person spoke of Connecticut. Not one word. I was amazed. And I know if I brought it up, I would be met with a lot of denial. Oh, lets not talk about it; lets think positive, etc. And in fact, another perfect opportunity lost that could have brought a little group together sharing their thoughts and feelings on loss and grief. God knows we need it, living in this country. What the shooter did was deplorable. But it just didnt happen, all of a sudden. It started so many, many years ago. My heart aches for all the survivors as they have a long haul in processing their grief and sorrow. This I know from my grief and loss issues. When I was a child, my parents worked, so I split my time between my grandparents and sleepaway camp. At camp, at the end of each meal at the dining hall, we would all sing. The camp had a religious base, so we sang a lot of spirituals. Some were fun and uplifting. Some more soulful. Its a joke today when people talk about holding hands around the campfire and sing Kumbayah. But this was one song that I really likeed, lifting, slow spiritual No Man Is an Island. Indeed Jan Dennis DunedinTake responsibility for your petEditor: I would like to bring attention to a problem that most likely exists everywhere there are people with dogs. The problem is people letting their dogs do their business on public easements, and leaving it. Most municipalities should have ordinances about cleaning up after ones dog, and most people do clean up. However, there is a problem with someone or more in the 700 block of Wood Street in Dunedin. They are using our easements as their dogs bathroom, and I am tired of it. Whoever you are, please stop. My children cannot play out in front of the house without danger of stepping in your dogs feces. It is unsanitary and completely rude. I would hope that you would take responsibility for your pet and stop fouling up my property. It is the least you could do as a member of our community. Greg Turman Dunedi New TV standards announcedNEW YORK, N.Y., Jan. 15, 2013. The National Association of Television Production Standards (NATPS) today announced several major changes in recommended policies for all U.S. TV stations. The changes include the following: BRING ON THE BLONDES. Henceforth, stations will restrict their use of on-camera females to a maximum of 20 percent brunettes, redheads, and auburn-haired women. All other women must be blonde, preferably with long tresses draped around their shoulders. Surveys have shown that American viewers greatly prefer to look at blondes, although no one is sure why. One unproven possibility is that blondes are less intellectually threatening than dark-haired women. GREATER USE OF BASICALLY AND ACTUALLY. The NATPS recommends that TV stations discipline any news anchor or public affairs commentator who does not frequently insert the adverbs basically and actually into his/her speech. Research has shown that most Americans now pad their daily conversation with those two words, along with yknow, I mean, awesome and like. An Association spokesman said, To be totally trusted by the public, TV personnel should use words that are just as stupid and unnecessary as those of the average viewer. MORE COMMERCIALS. The newly-revised standards will allow networks and stations unlimited time for commercials. Although some viewers have complained that todays commercials threaten to take up as much or more time than the actual program content, the NATPS sees that as no problem. A spokesman said, We dont think the typical viewer really understands or cares about what he/she is watching, so why worry about commercial distraction? Besides, its the sponsors who pay us the big bucks, not the viewer.INCREASED GRIEF AND MOURNING. All TV stations are urged to increase the amount of programming devoted to funerals, memorial services, weeping and other forms of grief and mourning. Beginning in the 1960s, Americans have shown a growing affection for emotional displays triggered by death and disaster. Although only a small proportion of these displays are genuine, our nations insatiable appetite for sentimentality (i.e., false emotion) makes it imperative that the television industry feed it. In news coverage of grief, the notion of privacy should be scorned. All funerals should be fair game for TV crews. Persons interviewed should be encouraged to shed tears. News teams should not hesitate to stop and question small children who have just seen their classmates shot. Remember: violence, blood and tears equal higher ratings. VULGARITY IS GOOD. Just like Gordon Gekkos opinion of greed, vulgarity on TV is to be pursued and cherished. Networks and programmers are urged to come up with more shows focusing on illiterate, profane, unrefined and generally disgusting humans. Typical programs now seeing some success are set in pawn shops, repo offices, New Jersey living rooms, Appalachian moonshine stills, southern swamps, alleged courtrooms and late-night comedy shows. The more of these programs our industry can produce, the less we will be accused of being snobbish, left-wing and un-American. By this time next year, we hope to see an entire network called DREGS that will highlight nothing but the repulsive trash described above. SIMPLIFIED WEATHER REPORTS. Fifty years ago the average TV stations meteorological staff consisted of a bubbly bimbo named Ginger who pranced on camera wielding a pointer aimed at a weather chart with words such as cloudy, rainy or too darn hot scrawled on appropriate sections of the blackboard. Such rudimentary weather reports are long gone. Today most TV stations employ several Ph.D. weather forecasters whose mission is to tell us not only what local conditions will be but also whats happening weather-wise in Minsk, Melbourne and Moline. And not just on the ground. No modern weather report is complete without a detailed lecture on upper air currents, translatitude convections and rogue barometer spurts. The result: todays viewers get so confused they cant really know what the forecast means. Our advice: bring Ginger back. Make forecasts as basic as possible. The public will love you. BREAKING NEWS. At one time the term breaking news referred only to events still under way, such as hostage standoffs and forest fires. But as competition for viewership increased, TV stations began applying the breaking news tease to any story that was two degrees north of dull. Today the expression has become virtually meaningless. In recognition of that fact, the NATPS has now approved unlimited use of the breaking news headline for any story, including sunrise, sunset, a politician telling a lie, a motorists flat tire or a scheduled airline flight being on time. To announce a genuinely important newsbreak, TV stations should now sound a trumpet and stream the words OH MY GAWD STOP WHAT YOURE DOING AND PAY ATTENTION TO THIS!Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send him an email at email@example.com. Drivers SeatBob Driver Low credit score? Game overOn a first date, Im not going to divulge my credit score at least until I know whether my date has a sense of humor. The Tampa Bay Times reported the other day that credit scores are becoming a bigger factor in dating decisions, even popping up in conversations on first dates. Mulling the issue over, Im summoning the gods of sarcasm for wisdom in framing an appropriate response should I have a first date with a woman who blurts out the question, Whats your credit score? And my answer would be: Well, since you asked, its below average right now, and my financial adviser has suggested that I become more conservative in my spending habits and eliminate some of my debt. My bookie agrees. Oh, by the way, would you mind picking up the tab? Game over. I can say in all honesty I have never asked a date what her credit score is and nor have I ever been asked that question. I dont have any friends, male or female, who have asked or been asked that question, either. If the first date develops into a third or fourth date, I think I could be persuaded to discuss my credit score, even offer written proof of the figure. All I would need from my date is an affidavit from her father attesting to whatever she tells me her dowry is. Regarding numbers, I think there are more important questions a date would want me to answer than what my credit score is, such as how many women have you divorced? Only one. Met her online. Though things didnt work out between she and I, Im proud to say she is now an American citizen. Whats your IQ? How many times a year do you see a shrink? How many times have you been arrested? Whats your cholesterol level? Whats your PSA? The wrong answer to any of these questions could be a show stopper. Health is important, requiring some leeway in dating discussions. If a guy tells a woman that he has a history of heart problems that required surgeries, I could understand if she would want wiggle room to make an inquiry about his life insurance, especially if hes gagging on a 24-ounce sirloin. Disclosing culinary preferences, by the way, is hard to avoid, since first dates usually involve food. Not going to apologize for being a card-carrying carnivore. Questions about smoking are fair game on any date. On this issue, I wont compromise. After a date with a smoker, my usual routine is to immediately head for home, throw my clothes in the outside waste bin, shower and make a doctors appointment. I dont want my epitaph to read, Another victim of secondhand smoke. Religion invariably will come up on a date. I havent had much luck on this topic. Everything goes downhill when Im asked, Do you go to church? No, I like to leave room for the sinners. Thank God for sports, though. There always seems common ground when men and women start discussing sports, whether its football, baseball or basketball. If my date is a die-hard Florida Gator fan, I wouldnt care what her dowry consists of, but Id try to tactfully inquire whether her father is a season ticket holder. What complicates matters is when the either male or female also embrace the fringe sports, such as some new fangled exercise regimen. Sorry, ladies, Im too old to play Spiderman.Im not offended if a date asks me how many hours I spend watching sports on television a week. Depends. For instance, I never watch poker. If on a first date if a guy admits he enjoys watching poker several hours a week, this would be an opportune time for the woman to work in the question about his credit score. Much can come of men and women sharing the love of sports on television. If a man and I understand this can work in reverse, though not likely tells his date that he really wants to see the Pro Bowl selection show because hes a hard-core Pro Bowl fan, I would suggest that she agree to watch the game with him. If all goes well, after many years of watching the game together on television, the guy might actually cave in and agree to go with her on a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii, where the Pro Bowl is played. Thats assuming he has a good credit score. Aloha.Tom Germond is executive editor of Tampa Bay Newspapers. Send him an email at tger mond@TBNweekly.com. Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to tgermond@TBNweekly.com. We will not print the letter writers phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters: Letters are printed on a rst-come, rst-served basis. They may be edited to correct grammar, spelling and factual errors. They also may be edited for clarity. Please keep letters to editor to 500 words. Longer letters may be cut due to space limitations. Letters should address issues or current events. Please refrain from making unsubstantiated allegations. The newspaper will not print letters that contain slanderous or racial statements. What do you think? Tom Germond If my date is a die-hard Florida Gator fan, I wouldnt care what her dowry consists of, but Id try to tactfully inquire whether her father is a season ticket holder.
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I have to tell you though that I shopped earlier than usual and found some awesome deals. By knowing what I wanted to get I could look online and find the best price and go to that store. I also looked for coupons, so it worked out pretty well. To tell you the truth, I think I enjoyed the holiday a little more because I wasnt rushing around up to the last minute. Now that the new year is upon us, and I reflect over the past year, I see how important it is to really enjoy the time we have with our family. This past year has come and gone, just like the holidays. The kids continue to get bigger, and time doesnt stop. We have to cherish every minute we have. We have to make each day count. Especially after we see how fast a child can be taken from their parents, as occurred in the massacre in Newtown, Conn., this past year. My heart just breaks for those families. This year enjoy the days ahead and have a wonderful 2013.Kadi Hendricks Tubbs, mother of two girls ages 6 and 8, lives in Seminole. Visit her blog at Mom2MomFamilyFun.blogspot.com. Mom 2 MomKadi Hendricks Tubbs Faith briefsChurch By The Sea plans praise bandMADEIRA BEACH Church By The Sea, 495 137th Circle, plans an 8 a.m. contemporary service on Sunday, Jan. 13 by The Band by the Sea, a local praise band. The band is made up of area musicians and singers who put on a show covering Christian gospel, rock standards, hymns and progressive contemporary music. The Jan. 13 concert will feature the music of the Beatles and the Byrds. Selections will include My Sweet Lord and Turn, Turn, Turn, among many others. The worship will be led by new pastor David Ruth. For more information, call 3917706 or 397-5600.Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church CLEARWATER The Peace Memorial concert series will continue with a performance by organist Andrew Kotylo Sunday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m., at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S. Fort Harrison Ave. Kotylo will open all the stops on Peace Memorials Casavant organ. The artist has designed his program to appeal to all musical tastes and will feature selections by Bach, Reger and Karg-Elert plus a tour de force arrangement of Rossinis famous William Tell Overture and even some blues. This event is cosponsored by the Clearwater Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. No tickets are needed and seating is first come, first served. An offering will be taken with a $5 minimum suggested. Doors will pieces cover a global range of Jewish writers, eras, styles, and cultures. This years concert will present an eclectic collection of traditional, modern, and original settings of prayer-song in cantorial, folk, and pop arrangements from Jewish writers worldwide. This years BACA participants are Riselle Bain, Tampa; Paul D. Goldstein, Temple Ohev Shalom, New Tampa; Deborah Jacobson, Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor; Joy Katzen-Guthrie, Congregation Beth Am, Tampa; Harold Orbach, Cantor Emeritus, Temple Israel, Michigan; Judith Ovadia, Temple Bnai Israel, Clearwater; Colman Reaboi, Congregation Bnai Emmunah, Tarpon Springs; Joel Reznick, former Hazzan, Northwest Suburban Jewish Congregation of Morton Grove, Ill., Sarasota Jewish Chorale; Mordechai Schram, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Tampa; Jonathan Schultz, Congregation Bnai Israel, St. Petersburg; Jodi Sered-Lever, Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa; Vikki Silverman, Cantor Emerita, Congregation Beth Am, Tampa; Jeffrey Weber, Temple Beth Sholom, Sarasota; Marci Vitkus, Jewish Congregation of Venice; with pianist Tara Richards Swartzbaugh, adjunct professor, University of Tampa. Andrew Kotyloopen at 2:30 p.m. After the concert, there will be a light reception in the fellowship hall. Call 446-3001 or visit www.pea cememorial.org.Chabad Jewish Center ST. PETERSBURG The winter season of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institutes Torah Studies will run Jan. 9 through March 20. Classes will meet Wednesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. N. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective. These classes are designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. Topics to be discussed will include: Jan. 9 Through Thick and Thin Jan. 16 The Steps of Man Jan. 23 Means to an end Jan. 30 Theism vs. Deism Feb. 6 What Makes us Jewish? Feb. 13 Jewish Idol Feb. 20 The Art of Attraction Feb. 27 Why We Sleep March 6 Making a Difference March 13 The Freedom Ride March 20 A Stranger to Passover Although there is no charge for the course, there is an optional textbook for $36. For information, call 344-4900 or email Rabbi@ChabadSP.com. Registration is required. To enroll in the course, visit www.myJLI.com. The Jewish Learning Institute is the adult education arm of Chabad-Lubavitch. JLIs classes and programs are offered at various locations in more than 300 cities nationwide and internationally. More than 150,000 people have attended JLI classes since its founding in 1998. Every course offered by JLI is taught concurrently in all locations, helping to create a truly global learning community. Congregation Beth AmTAMPA The Bay Area Cantorial Association will present Around the World of Jewish Music in 80-ish Minutes on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. The concert will feature cantors and cantorial soloists currently serving the Tampa Bay and Bradenton/Sarasota Regions. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $18 each. No one will be turned away. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for cantorial students and cantorial societies of both Reform and Conservative Sacred Music Study. Call 813-968-8511. An annual undertaking now in its 10th year, the concert features Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, American, Chasidic, Sephardic and Ashkenazic pieces celebrating Jewish life. Solos and ensemble
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Architect Jack Bodziak, who is rebuilding the two properties, said they will be turned from substandard nuisance properties into a really decent, good product. The redevelopment ordinance, if widely used, has the potential to remake parts of the city. Poe says she has identified 138 nuisance property owners. Bodziak praised the redevelopment ordinance as a real positive for the city. (This) is the kind of thing that will ensure the type of redevelopment you want to see but probably wouldnt see in the current economy, he said. The law will allow properties that have gone too far out of the reach of practical use to get developed, said Bodziak. Wayne AyersDunedin brand moving forwardDUNEDIN The long process of developing the Dunedin brand is finally wrapping up and is getting under way for practical and widespread use. At the Dec. 20 meeting, the Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved the first draft of the trademark license agreement, reviewed and approved the recommended marketing steps from 65Wilesmith Advertising, and donated the Web domain, www.dunedinfl.com to the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce. The trademark agreement will allow businesses and organizations to start applying for permission to use the Dunedin logo and brand, and the city has decided that at least for now, it will not charge any royalty fees. PeopleLocal wedding planner named Master Bridal Consultant By TIFFANY RAZZANOPINELLAS PARK A wedding on a Sarasota-area island that isnt accessible by land. A gathering of 350 in a hangar at St. Petersburgs Albert Whitted Airport as a happy couple exchanged vows. A Tarpon Springs outdoor celebration during Hurricane Sandy. Wedding planner Tammy Waterman, owner of Pinellas Parks Special Moments, will try just about anything once when coordinating an event. I like the more adventurous weddings, she said. Not everyone would do [events] like those. The key to pulling them off successfully is thinking outside the box and remembering its all about making her clients wedding day special, she added. Its because of Watermans creativity and unwavering enthusiasm that she was recently designated a Master Bridal Consultant by the Association of Bridal Consultants. Shes the first event organizer in the Tampa Bay area to receive the honor. There are only nine MBCs in Florida, and just 70 worldwide. In order to earn the designation, Waterman had to present a portfolio of a wedding she had planned from start to finish. A no-brainer, she decided to present an event she was especially proud of: a Nigerian wedding for more than 500 guests at the University of South Floridas Botanical Gardens that she planned on a budget of $75,000. That was quite a challenging wedding, she said. It was a huge learning experience, but it was a beautiful event. It took her over a year just to compile everything she needed for the portfolio: letters from vendors, photographs from the event, essays shed written to display her industry expertise. In addition, she also was interviewed and juried by a panel of Master Consultants from across the country. There was so much information to collect for it, Waterman said. So much work went into this. It was not an easy job. And the whole interviewing process was very intimidating. This was her second attempt at attaining the Master Bridal Consultant designation. This year, she said, there were 18 of us [who applied] and only nine made it. Just as meaningful to Waterman is another award she received from the association: the 2011 Ms. Dorothy Penner Heart Award. It recognizes passion and excellence in the field, she said. And it means more because you have to be nominated by your peers to receive it. Waterman got her start in wedding planning on a whim, simply because she thought it looked like fun. So, in 2001, while working a day job at a dry cleaning company, she started coordinating weddings on the side. As her lists of clients and professional contacts grew, she eventually decided to focus full time on wedding planning. Her favorite part of the job is the connection she forges with her clients, who soon become friends. Some couples, such as the couple from the Nigerian wedding, she speaks to daily to ensure their wedding day goes smoothly. The couples often keep in touch after the wedding, some asking her to share in other special moments and milestones in their lives: birthdays, baby showers, first communions, sweet sixteens, anniversaries. My favorite part of the wedding day: After the couple walks back down the aisle, were the first to greet them, Waterman said. For more information about Waterman and Special Moments, visit www.eventsbyspecialmo ments.com.Photos by SIMPLY BLUE STUDIOSAt left, the Association of Bridal Consultants named Special Moments Tammy Waterman a 2012 Master Bridal Consultant. Above, in her portfolio submission to the Association of Bridal Consultants panel in charge of choosing the 2012 Master Bridal Consultants, Special Moments Tammy Waterman included photographs and details of a Nigerian wedding she planned for 500 guests.Photo by KAREN HARRISON PHOTOGRAPHY Briefsstill must apply and be approved in order to use the branding material, but that is primarily to ensure they understand and comply with the terms and guidelines for usage and so that the city knows who is using its logo and brand material and how it is being used. Alexandra LundahlClearwater sets its priorities for 2013CLEARWATER Every year, the Clearwater City Council sends a wish list of legislative priorities to the state legislature in time for its annual 60-day session in Tallahassee. On Dec. 20, the council approved its list of priorities for 2013. One new addition to the list is a request for state help in funding the improvements to the historic 1921 Capitol Theatre downtown. By the time the aging structure is enlarged and restored to its flapper-era elegance, the city will have sunk $7.1 million into the project. At the Dec. 11 groundbreaking for the renovations, State Rep. Ed Hooper, a former Clearwater fire lieutenant and City Commissioner, promised to try to get some state funding for the project. Lester R. Dailey PINELLAS, from page 5ApLearn how to selfpublish your bookSAFETY HARBOR A workshop on how to raise money to self-publish your book is set for Saturday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. For writers, self-publishing is becoming popular but is expensive. Formatting, copy editing, cover and interior design, printing, shipping and marketing costs add up. Join Kindle bestselling author, Harry Steinman for this workshop and he will demonstrate how authors can fund the publication of their works using the crowd sourcing platform, Kickstarter, and market their works online. This program is free and open to the public and copies of his novel, Little Deadly Things, will be available for sale and signing. Call 724-1525, ext. 112.SPCREA to meetST. PETERSBURG The South Pinellas Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m., at Harold Seltzers Steakhouse, 3500 Tyrone Blvd. N. Jeff Hearn, famous chef, will present a program on how to prepare foods to entice. SPCREA meets second Thursdays of each month from October through May. Meetings are open to all who have worked in the field of education, including teachers, support personnel and administrators, whether here in Florida or elsewhere. The meeting is not used for business. Call Joyce Walters at 526-5065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.MOWC to meetPINELLAS PARK The Military Officers Wives Club formerly known as The Retired Officers Wives Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. Social hour will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. The program will be a presentation on the wives of the Founding Fathers by Rick Kistner. All former, retired or active duty military spouses, their widows and former, retired or active duty female officers are invited to attend. Reservations are necessary. Call 812-4868.Peoples Law school offeredCLEARWATER The Clearwater Bar Association presents its annual Peoples Law School weekly on Thursdays, 7 p.m., at St. Petersburg College Drew Street campus, 2465 Drew St., through May. Participants may attend as few or as many sessions as theyd like for free. No registration is required. All classes are in the Ethics and Social Sciences building, ES104. Classes include the following: Jan. 17 Intro/overview Jan. 24 Leading up to trial Jan. 31 How a jury trial works Feb. 7 Constitutional law Feb. 14 Family law Feb. 21 The judicial perspective Feb. 28 Consumer protection/wage and hour law March 14 Wills and trusts March 21 Criminal law panel March 28 State of our circuit/contracts April 4 Construction law April 11 Real property law, deeds, mortgages and foreclosure April 18 Residential landlord tenant law/condominium law April 25 Bankruptcy law May 2 Small claims and closing ceremonies. For a complete class schedule and room assignments, visit www.clearwaterbar.org. 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Work quarter ounce soft plastic jigs very slowly through the area, always remaining in good contact with the bottom, kind of like bass fishing. Dark colored jigs like D.O.A.s 4 inch C.A.L. jerk shad in the gold and bream or root beer would be good options for the darker water. Redfish have been more structure oriented, docks especially. Stretches of docks that have good concentrations of mullet are ones to look for. Cast Berkley Gulp underneath docks and let the baits soak and wait for the bite. Look for those extreme low tides next week to provide some tailing redfish opportunities. Channel edges as well as the outside of the flats (often marked by No Combustion Motor Zone signs) are good places to find the redfish bunched up, waiting for the tide to come in. Windy, inconsistent weather will keep many off the water this weekend. Those willing to brave the elements should focus their attention to the inland bridges and docks. Sheepshead fishing is in full swing right now and anglers looking to bring home some dinner should capitalize. Scrape barnacles around the bridges, and free-line them back behind the pilings for easy action. Around the docks try live or frozen shrimp fished on the bottom around the pilings.Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@ hotmail.com. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wellerstein BriefsExtension to host tree programLARGO The third annual Roots to Shoots tree program will be presented Thursday, Jan. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road. University of Florida Extension agents, staff and ONeils Tree Service will demonstrate canopy cleaning, lifting, structural pruning, tree climbing techniques and safety. Classroom topics will include safety, tree roots and creating a wind-resistant urban forest. Cost is $30. The class is free to employees of Pinellas County, the Pinellas County School Board and Pinellas County Master Gardener volunteers with identification on the day of class. Advance registration is required. Call 582-2562. To register, visit pce-commercialhort.eventbrite.com. Bromeliad Society to meetCLEARWATER The Florida West Coast Bromeliad Society will meet Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m., at Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 South Belcher Road. Long-time FWCBS member and Tillandsia expert Helga Tarver will demonstrate how to mount Tillandsias and other bromeliads. Assisted by Chip Hill, she will tell attendees how to select appropriate mount materials and plants. The lecture will be followed by a hands-on demonstration of the mounting process. For information, call 439-7782.Orchid program setTARPON SPRINGS A program on the orchids and epiphytes of Brooker Creek Preserve will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will join Brooker Creek Preserve naturalist James Stevenson as they explore the fascinating world of orchids and air plants found on the preserve. This free class will introduce participants to identification skills and will include a walk to discover these plants in their natural habitat. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org. African Violet Society to meetThe Tampa African Violet Society will meet Friday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m., at the Seffner-Mango Library Public Meeting Room, 410 N. Kingsway Road, Seffner. Award winning designers Mary Lou Harden and Therese Lyman will present a workshop on terrariums and natural gardens. The event will include a plant raffle. Growing tips will be offered. Visitors are welcome. Admission and parking are free. For information, call Jim Boyer at 871-2014 or email email@example.com.Guided hikes set at WeedonST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, at 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closedtoe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. Photography hike slatedST. PETERSBURG A wildflower photography hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 17, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.wee donislandpreserve.org.
Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B January 3, 2013Visit www.TBNweekly.com ST. PETERSBURG The Florida Orchestra teams up with local arts organizations to present Shakespeare Festival in January. A collaboration featuring concerts, films, visual art, theater and more sponsored by the Florida Orchestra, American Stage Theatre Company, The Dali Museum, The Mahaffey Theater, The Studio@620, Sunscreen Film Festival, St. Petersburg College School of Music and the University of South Florida School of Music The festival will include two orchestra programs, five Shakespeare-inspired films, an art exhibit, dramatic readings, Shakespeare in song, excerpts from plays and other events Jan. 3-26. Florida Orchestra Board Chairman Thomas Farquhar said, Arguably, no artist has done more to inspire the creation of art across all genres than Shakespeare. We are excited to partner with fellow arts organizations in the Tampa Bay area to offer the community a multi-faceted, month-long celebration of The Bard of Avon. Music played an important part in Shakespeares work; his words not only filled dozens of sonnets and narrative poems, but also appeared in song text sprinkled throughout his plays. Part of the Florida Orchestras programming in the month of January focuses on composers who have been drawn to the subjects of the great English dramatist to create a variety of orchestral music. In addition to the symphonic repertoire, operas, operettas, musicals and songs based on Shakespeares dramatic works, his influence on many other art forms is equally vast and immeasurable. Nearly 400 years after his death, the genius and relevancy of Shakespeare still moves artists and inspires the creation of new works based on his words and ideas. Shakespeare Festival event schedule: Thursday, Jan. 3, 11 a.m., the Florida Orchestra presents a Coffee Concert, Symphonic Shakespeare, in the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $24, $29, $42 and $10 for students. Price includes a pre-concert talk at 10 a.m. with complimentary coffee and donuts. For tickets or more information, call 892-3337 or 1800-662-7286, or visit www.floridaorchestra.org. Saturday, Jan. 5, 1 p.m., a film screening Scotland PA, presented by The Dali Museum & Sunscreen Film Festival, at theOpening this weekendHollywood kicks off 2013 with return of Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw 3D Photo by JUSTIN LUBINAlexandra Daddario stars as Heather Miller in Texas Chainsaw 3D. The Shakespeare Festival includes two orchestra programs, five Shakespeare-inspired films, an art exhibit, dramatic readings, Shakespeare in song, excerpts from plays and other events Jan. 3-26. 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The townspeople long suspected See OPENING, page 4B See TOP FIVE, page 2B Top five diversions The Florida Orchestra: Jump, Jive an Wail ; Friday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa; Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg; and Sunday, Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $15. For information, call 892-3337 or 800-662-7286 or visit www.floridaorchestra.org. Featuring award-winning swing dancers, the performance will be a night of dance tunes covering the Charleston, big band, boogie-woogie, blues and more with hits by Duke Ellington, Lerner and Loewe, Cole Porter, Glenn Miller, Louis Prima and other American masters. Marcia Ball, Friday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m., at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Tickets are $20. Call 813971-0666 or visit www.skipperssmokehouse.com. Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball, touring in support of her Grammy-nominated Alligator Records CD, Roadside Attractions, will perform Jan. 4, at Skippers Smokehouse. Balls groove-laden New Orleans R&B, heart-wrenching ballads and driving Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-akind favorite of music fans everywhere. Her music mixes equal parts simmering soul fervor and rollicking Crescent City piano. Over the course of her career, Balls infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional songs have won her a loud and loyal international fan base. Roadside Attractions is her fifth release for Alligator, and the fourth to receive a Grammy nomination. The Rat Pack Now, Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 587-6793. Attendees will relive the swing, swagger and sophisticated fun of those ring-a-ding-ding days with the best Frank-Dean-Sammy act since the originals played the Sands. This Rat Pack Trio, accompanied by their three-piece band, has perfected the voices, mannerism and banter that kept crowds enthralled until the wee hours of the morning back in the s. B.B. King, Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $39.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall .com. Since B.B. King started recording in the late 1940s, he has released more than 60 albums many considered blues classics, like the 1965 definitive live blues album Live At The Regal and the 1976 collaboration with Bobby Blue Bland Together For The First Time. Over the years, King has had two No. 1 R&B hits, including Three Oclock Blues (1951) and You Dont Know Me (1952). He also has had four No. 2 R&B hits, including Please Love Me (1953), You Upset Me Baby (1954), Sweet Sixteen, Part I (1960) and Dont Answer The Door, Part I (1966). Kings most popular crossover hit, The Thrill Is Gone (1970), went to No. 15 on the pop charts. A winner of multiple Grammy Awards, King has received seven honorary doctorates, numerous gold and platinum record awards, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. Special guest Shaun Hopper will open the show. Cinderella, presented by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia, Sunday, Jan. 6, 3 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., Photo courtesy of RUTH ECKERD HALLB.B. King plays at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Jan. 5.
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The State Ballet Theatre of Russia bring the story of Cinderella, one of the most popular fables of the 19th and 20th centuries, to audiences. One of the more popular compositions of Sergei Prokofiev, Cinderella has inspired numerous renditions over the years. Known for its jubilant music and lush scenery, Cinderella has been incredibly popular since its inception in 1944. Based on the French fairytale Cendrillon, Cinderella lives with her wicked stepsisters until a beggar, who reveals herself as a fairy, rewards Cinderella for her pure spirit with a makeover and a coach. At the ball, Cinderella dances with the prince until the spell wears off and her ballet slipper is left behind. The prince uses the slipper to find his love again. TOP FIVE, from page 1B Largo in the Spotlight Largo in the Spotlight Richard Lustig, Friday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $16.50. Call 5876793. Lustig has been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, The Learning Channel, Good Morning America, The Today Show and many other TV networks around the world. He also has been recognized by Ripleys Believe it Or Not. Lustig will share his secrets and educate attendees on how to increase their chances to win the lottery. The Rat Pack Now, Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 587-6793. Attendees will relive the swing, swagger and sophisticated fun of those ring-a-ding-ding days with the best Frank-Dean-Sammy act since the originals played the Sands. This Rat Pack Trio, accompanied by their three-piece band, has perfected the voices, mannerism and banter that kept crowds enthralled until the wee hours of the morning back in the s. A Tribute to the King featuring Elvis tribute artist Dwight Icenhower, Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $15.50. Call 587-6793. Presented by DT Productions, performances will include an intimate gospel show at 2 p.m.; and a live band show with the Blue Suede Review Band at 7 p.m. Attendees will celebrate the Kings 77th birthday with King of the World Grand Champion Dwight Icenhower. Icenhower performs across the country and has toured in Japan and England. His 54 firstplace wins in Elvis competitions are unprecedented. Tom Rush, Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $19.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Rushs impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the s and the renaissance of the s and s. His music has left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Garth Brooks have cited Rush as major influences. The 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue, Saturday, Jan. 12, 4 and 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $34.50. Call 587-6793. The 5th Dimension is known for its soulful sophistication and smooth harmonies with a touch of class. The group has received 14 gold records, six platinum records and six Grammy Awards with multi-million selling hits including Up, Up, and Away, One Less Bell to Answer, Wedding Bell Blues, Stone Soul Picnic and Aquarius. Lets Hang On!, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Americas premier tribute show to The Jersey Boys and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasonswill pay tribute to s icons in this high-energy production. Lets Hang On! features four guys, two gals and a swingin band. They sing and dance their way through some of the best songs of all time such as Big Girls Dont Cry, Walk Like a Man, Sherry and My Eyes Adored You. The Carpenters Tribute Show Monday, Jan. 14, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $22.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. The timeless and legendary hits of Karen and Richard Carpenter made them the No. 1 selling American music act of the s. These professional musicians bring to the stage all the rich vocal harmonies and full musical scores that remain as relevant today to millions of music lovers of all ages. They will perform huge hits such as Close to You, Top of the World, Superstar and Weve Only Just Begun. Marty Stuart Friday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $34.50. Call 5876793. Known for his musical merging of honky tonk, rockabilly, country-rock, traditional country and bluegrass, Grammy-winning music icon Marty Stuart is now accompanied by his band, The Fabulous Superlatives. He has performed with countless music legends such as Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, and is destined to join their ranks as one of country musics most influential stars. Audiences will have an opportunity to see Stuarts flamboyant showmanship shine with his band in this one-night-only performance in Largo. The Machine, Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 587-6793. The Machine will perform music from Pink Floyds extensive catalog. Tampa Bay area fans who have longed for a live Pink Floyd experience may wish to check out The Machine, Americas top Pink Floyd show. Known for performing a diverse mix of The Floyds extensive 16album repertoire, fans can expect to see The Machines dramatic lighting and video, and experience their passionate delivery that sets them apart from the rest. The Stephen Sondheim Songbook, presented by the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation, Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.; at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $22.50. Call 587-6793. A cast of Tampa Bays best performers will sing and dance their way through the songs of Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim. Accompanied by live musicians, the cast will sing and dance to notable tunes from West Side Story, Gypsy, Follies and Sweeney Todd. Proceeds will benefit the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation. Let Freedom Sing, presented by Stages Productions, Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $7.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. This will be a celebration of American history and patriotism. iWonder Magic Show, Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $7.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Wonder is the place where reality and illusion collide. See i-mazing, eye-popping magic with Bob and Chris. Its more than just tricks its magic, its fun and its for everyone. The California Guitar Trio and The Montreal Guitar Trio Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $29.50 in advance and $34.50 at the door. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Featuring virtuoso guitarists from Japan, Canada, Belgium and the United States, the trios will explore intricate original compositions as well as new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music. Come see what the buzz is about and share an evening with these fantastic musicians. Bright Stars Senior Talent Show, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $6.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Bill Murphy, feature reporter of Tampa Bay On Demand, will host the show. Three performers will be chosen by the audience to go on to perform in the Tampa Bay Senior Idol show. Yesterday and Today, the Interactive Beatles Experience, Friday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Yesterday and Today is completely unique from any other Beatles show out there. The band does away with the wigs and the accents and just concentrates on the music and stories about the music. The audience is asked to put down their favorite Beatles song on a note card prior to the show. The band then puts together a set list based upon the audiences requests. The show is about bringing everyone together to celebrate such powerful music. The Classics IV, Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $29.50. Call 587-6793. One of the most popular and influential groups of the s and s, The Classics IV have 13 consecutive chart singles to their credit. Their gold records include Spooky, Stormy, Traces of Love and Everyday With You Girl. In 1993, The Classics IV were honored for their musical achievements by the state of Georgia and were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Rave On! The Buddy Holly Tribute, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Billy McGuigan has received national attention and critical acclaim for his portrayals of the legendary Buddy Holly. Audiences continue to be awed by his energy, realism, sincerity and talent. Having appeared in over 400 performances of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Billy and his band have broken box office and attendance records in six theatres across the country. McGuigan plays such as Peggy Sue, Raining in My Heart, Its So Easy, Thatll Be the Day, True Love Ways, Oh Boy and Rave On. Carmes Vintage Vegas, Monday, Feb. 11, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $22.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. With more than 40 years of performing in Las Vegas, and a powerful baritone voice, Carme and his band will have you laughing, remembering some of the great stars, and asking for more. This show has it all including playful impressions of famous performers, artful storytelling, and songs ranging from sentimental to zany. 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One who attacks the reputation of another by libel 49. Virus that causes AIDS 50. Duck's home 51. Remove salt from 55. "___ bitten, twice shy" 56. Bank offering, for short 57. Plane, e.g. 58. Angry, with "off" 59. Cooking meas. 60. One who carries the official rod during ceremonies Down 0 1. ___ de deux 0 2. Away 0 3. Multiply 0 4. Deserted 0 5. "Gladiator" setting 0 6. Battering device 0 7. Designs made up of small pieces of colored glass, stone, etc. 0 8. That used to decorate 0 9. Calcified tooth part beneath the enamel 10. Group of closely related microorganisms with a similar set of antigens 11. "Home ___," 1990 film 12. ___ Tuesday, voting day 13. Coaster 18. High points 22. Academy Award 23. Any simple, single-cell organism 24. Dope 25. Charge 30. Pronouncing not guilty 31. Indian coin 32. Boris Godunov, for one 34. Threatened to happen 35. Satellite closest to Neptune 36. "___ quam videri" (North Carolina's motto) 38. Trappers using noose devices 39. Fleshy, tawny or reddish saprophytic herb 40. African capital 43. Charging need 44. Type of springboard dive 45. Copy 46. Pop 47. Flat cork for wide-mouthed bottles 48. Advance, slangily 52. "My Name Is Asher ___" (Chaim Potok novel) 53. #26 of 26 54. "To ___ is human ..."HoroscopesJanuary 3, 2013CapricornDecember 22 January 19 Chores at home come to a grinding halt in the face of adventure. Dont say no, Capricorn. Hand off your list, pack your bags and have a great time.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18 The reckless behavior of a youngster wreaks havoc on a family event. Take it in stride, Aquarius. There is a lesson to be learned. A health crisis ends.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20 Please, Pisces. The odds are stacked against you. Pass the reins to someone else and turn your attention to a matter brewing at home.AriesMarch 21 April 19 Come on, Aries. You know youre interested, so cast aside your doubts and get a move on. A film inspires some much-needed changes at home.TaurusApril 20 May 20 Good grief, Taurus. You gave it your all. Now its time to reap the rewards, and there are many. Someone you least expect seeks your advice.GeminiMay 21 June 21 Jump for joy, Gemini. Amazing things are about to happen, and you will have many people to thank. A last-ditch effort to get a project off the ground works.CancerJune 22 July 22 Look out, Cancer. Mystery abounds at home, and youll be drawn in fast. Don your detective cap and start the investigation. Questions at work remain unansweredLeoJuly 23 August 22 Just when you thought things couldnt get any better, another opportunity beckons. Its yours for the taking, Leo. Dont miss out!VirgoAugust 23 September 22 No more hesitation, Virgo. Youve got the goods to get the job done, so do it. Passion burns bright at home, and romantic gestures are returned.LibraSeptember 23 October 22 Loss is a fact of life, Libra, but lucky for you, this weeks loss will have a silver lining. Take a hard look at what transpires, and you just might be inspired.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21 Sassy Scorpio. You can give it and you can take it, and that fact will help you reach a long-sought goal. A tickle of the ivories gets the creative juices flowing.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21 Ask, Sagittarius, and you shall receive. It really is that simple this week. A new friend sets their sights high. Join them and enjoy the ride.
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Visit www.sunshinebluesfestival.com.Following is a list of other music scene events in the coming weeks:Capitol Theatre Delta Rae, Thursday, Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. David Bromberg, Friday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. Gino Vannelli, Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. Southside Johnny, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre is at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call 7917400 or visit www.atthecap.com.Crowbar Flat Stanley and Therapeutic Chokehold, Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m. Ebullition, Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Johnny Cakes and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, Friday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. The Crowbar is at 1812 17th St. N., Tampa. Call 813-241-8600 or visit www.crowbarlive.com.Hard Rock Caf Tampa Rick Springfield, Thursday, Jan. 10, 9 p.m. Hard Rock Caf Tampa is at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N. Orient Road, Tampa. Call 813-627-7625. Jannus Live Bootleg, Sunday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m. Yonder Mountain String Band, Saturday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. Three Legged Fox, Sunday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m. Underoath, Saturday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. Pasadena, Sunday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m. Jannus Live is at 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 565-0550 or visit www.jannuslive.com.The Local 662 King Django, Friday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. The Local 662 is at 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 2584829.The Mahaffey The Florida Orchestra: Symphonic Shakespeare; Thursday, Jan. 3, 11 a.m. The Florida Orchestra: Jump, Jive anWail; Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Mendelssohns Scottish Symphony; Saturday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Elvis Lives, Sunday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: The Music of Michael Jackson; Friday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. Mavis Staples, Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. Natalie Cole, Sunday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. China National Symphony, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Tchaikovskys Romeo and Juliet; Friday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. The Florida Orchestra: Tchaikovskys Romeo and Juliet; Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. The Mahaffey is at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com.The Palladium at St. Petersburg College Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, Friday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m. Southern Hospitality, Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Southern Hospitality, Saturday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Calidore String Quartet, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. Nicki Parrot and Rossano Sportiello, Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. Lauren Mitchell Band, Friday, Jan. 25, 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 B.B. King, Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Jump, Jive anWail; Sunday, Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Mendelssohns Scottish Symphony; Sunday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. Natalie Merchant, Friday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. Kansas, Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. Engelbert Humperdinck, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. The New York Tenors, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Tchaikovskys Romeo and Juliet; Sunday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.Skippers Smokehouse Marcia Ball, Friday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m. Greensky Bluegrass, Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m. Orquesta Infinidad, Sunday, Jan. 6, 5 p.m. Todd Snider, Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Ryan Montbleau Band, Sat. Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Selwyn Birchwood Band, Sunday, Jan. 13, 5 p.m. Missy Raines and the New Hip, Sunday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m. Trinity 7, Sunday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m. Town Mountain, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. Skippers Smokehouse is at 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Call 813-971-0666 or visit www.skip perssmokehouse.com.State Theatre Chief Keef, Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m. Black Veil Brides Church of the Wild Ones Tour, Monday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Galactic, Friday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. Kris Allen, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Emilie Autumn, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. The Helio Sequence, Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. State Theatre is at 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 8953045 or visitwww.statetheatre concerts.com.The Straz Center for the Performing Arts The Florida Orchestra: Jump, Jive an Wail; Friday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Mendelssohns Scottish Symphony; Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. New Directions Veterans Choir, Sunday, Jan. 13, 4 p.m. Dudu Fisher, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m. Richard Thompson, Monday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. The David A Straz Jr. Center formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.For more music and concert information, visit TBNweekly.com. Photo courtesy of RUTH ECKERD HALL Photo courtesy of the artist Photo by JAY BLAKESBERG/PARADIGM TALENT AGENCYAbove, Yonder Mountain String Band visits Jannus Live Jan. 19. Top left, Clearwaters Ruth Eckerd Hall welcomes Engelbert Humperdinck Jan. 23. At left, Cassie and Maggie MacDonald play St. Petersburgs Palladium Jan. 4.
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Suggested donation $10. Seating is limited. Reservations are suggested. Call 895-6620 or visit www.studio620.org. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-27, The Florida Orchestra & American Stage Theatre Company presents a Masterworks concert, Tchaikovskys Romeo & Juliet. Show times are 10 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater. Sundays performance is at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Actors from American Stage will present scenes from the plays as preludes to the Tchaikovskys music. Tickets are $15, $35 and $45. Student tickets are $10. A post-concert talk is included at Friday mornings performance. For tickets or more information, call 892-3337 or 1-800-662-7286, or visit www.floridaorchestra.org. Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m., Film Screening, Romeo & Juliet, at the Dali Museum. Shakespeares classic retains its original dialogue in an old wine in new bottles setting in the modern suburb of Verona. Runtime: 120 minutes, rated PG-13. Admission to film is free. the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family or so they thought. Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansions dank cellars The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters. UPGenre: Documentary Cast: Michael Apted, Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Peter Davies and Suzanne Dewey Director: Michael Apted Not rated Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man. Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. A modernized retelling of Macbeth set in 1970s suburban Pennsylvania. Admission to film is free. Runtime: 104 minutes, rated R. Call 823-3767 or visit www.thedali.org. Thursday, Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m., Shakespeare in Song, presented by The Dali Museum and St. Petersburg College School of Music, at the Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. Students from St. Petersburg College perform vocal selections based on Shakespeares texts and dramatic works. Free admission to performance. Call 823-3767 or visit www.thedali.org. Friday, Jan. 11 through April 28, The Dali Museum presents the Much Ado About Shakespeare exhibit. Two suites of Shakespearean Comedies and Tragedies consisting of 31 dry point engravings will be on display. Two editions of his published illustrated books Macbeth and As You Like It will accompany the sets. Admission is $21 for adults; $19 for seniors age 65 and older, military, police and firefighters; $15, children ages 13 to 18 and students 18 and older with ID; ages 6 to 12, $7; 5 and under admitted free. Admission after 5 p.m. Thursday is $10. Saturday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m., film screening, Prosperos Books, at the Dali Museum. An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the The Tempest. Directed by Peter Greenaway and starring John Gielgud, Michael Clark and Michel Blanc. Admission to film is free. Runtime: 124 minutes, rated R. Saturday, Jan. 19, 1 to 5 p.m. The Dali Museums Family Day, featuring film screenings, family activities, refreshments and more. The Lion King will be shown at 1 p.m. Runtime: 89 minutes, rated G. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead starts at 3 p.m. Runtime: 117 minutes, rated PG. Free admission to film and kids activities. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., An Intimate Collaboration: All The Worlds A Stage, presented by The Studio@620 and The Florida Orchestra, at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. The Studio@620s SHAKESPEARE, from page 1B OPENING, from page 1BStarting in 1964 with Seven Up, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the heart-breaking Neil, as they turn 56 more lifechanging decisions and surprising developments are revealed. An extraordinary look at the structure of life in the 20th century, The UP Series is, according to critic Roger Ebert, an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life.A Dark TruthGenre: Action and thriller Cast: Andy Garcia, Kim Coates, Deborah Kara Unger, Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker Director: Damian Lee Rated: R Andy Garcia, Kim Coates, Deborah Kara Unger, Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker star in A Dark Truth, written and directed by Damian Lee. Garcia plays a former CIA operative turned political talk show host, who is hired by a corporate whistle blower (Unger) to expose her companys cover-up of a massacre in a South American village. When he arrives, he is plunged into a violent and chaotic situation, with the military cracking down on a group of protesters led by a pair of activists (Longoria and Whitaker). The ever-increasing depletion of earths natural resource of water serves as the backdrop for this tense environmental thriller. All Superheroes Must DieGenre: Action, adventure and science fiction Cast: Jason Trost, James Remar, Lucas Till, Lee Valmassy and Sophie Merkley Director: Jason Trost Not rated Four masked avengers find themselves stripped of their powers by a cruel arch-nemesis they defeated years earlier or so they thought. When the sinister mastermind puts the heroes through a series of brutal challenges that are virtually impossible to overcome, they must battle the clock and even each other in a race to stop a deadly countdown that could mean total destruction. For more movie news including whats playing at local theaters and trailers, visit www.TBNweek ly.com. Click on the Movie News & Reviews link on the left-side menu.Dunedin Fine Art Center to present new exhibits this monthDUNEDIN A trio of exhibits featuring prints will open Friday, Jan. 18, at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. All three exhibits open with an opening reception and gallery talk. Admission costs $5 for nonmembers and is free for members. Highpoint P R I N T S will feature contemporary artist editions from Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis will come to DFAC. Featured artists include Carlos Amorales, Mary Esch, Julie Mehretu, Clarence Morgan, Todd Norsten and others. Highpoint Center for Printmaking was established in April 2001 and is the only accessible, community-oriented facility of its kind in the Upper Midwest. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art of printmaking through exhibitions, educational programming, community outreach and visiting and emerging artist programs. In Stephen Littlefield: The Ecstasy of Tedium, DFACs founding printmaking faculty shares a retrospective of his lifes work and passion. I love the doing, the craftsmanship (of printmaking) that takes time and dedication to complete, said Littlefield in a press release. The hand work of carving linoleum or rocking a copper plate for a mezzotint is my yoga. Littlefield attended USF when Graphicstudio was in its early days. The excitement of watching and getting to know the master printers was intense, he said. He enjoys the egalitarian spirit of the print studio where teacher and student create side by side and credits Donald Saff and Jeffrey Kronsnoble as mentors who continue to inform his present day philosophy in the classroom. I have always been interested in teaching and talking about art, Littlefield said. The inspiration I received from my teachers has made me want to emulate them, to give back the same kind of magic that turned me on to making art. imPRINTed, the third offering, allows DFAC Printmakers, past and present to show their finest. Participants include DFAC students, members and faculty. All three exhibits run through March 3. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org. Image courtesy of DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTERFree News, by Carolyn Swiszcz, is part of the Highpoint P R I N T S exhibit at Dunedin Fine Art Center. Photo courtesy of FIRST RUN FEATURES Photo courtesy of MAGNOLIA PICTURESAt left, Nick, at age 42, is one of the subjects of Michael Apteds documentary UP, a First Run Features release. Below, Andy Garcia, left, and Forest Whitaker star in A Dark Truth, a Magnolia Pictures release.
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