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oneymoon Island State Park in Dunedin will host Island Earth Days 2012 on Saturday, April 14th from 10am-6pm and Sunday, April 15th from 10am-5pm. This is a very popular festival of nature-based entertainment with activities for the entire family. Among the shady palms, visitors can speak with ecofriendly vendors and admire creative fine arts and quality crafts. They can take part in a Make-and-Take Rain Barrel Workshop (must register), join a guided nature walk in the woods or on the beach and explore the “Osprey Village” nature education area. There will be a special activities area for children including a nature trail, crafts, games, face painting and even a climbing wall and bungee jump for “kids of all ages”. After being tempted by the food vendors offering fresh seafood, healthy treats, desserts, ice cream and more,

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he Peter T. Assimack Memorial Fishing Tournament was founded 16 years ago. Initially it was the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce Annual Fishing Tournament. With the passing of Peter in 1996 the tournament was changed to his name sake. The tournament has been held for the last few years at the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club providing outstanding waterfront facilities for both the Friday night Captain’s Meeting on April 27th and the fishing tournament on April 28th. The focus of the tournament is to involve family and especially kids in the sport of fishing. Peter was known

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for his contributions to the Tarpon Springs community and among his best times on the waters was introducing children and adults alike to the sport of inshore fishing. Numerous adults now owe their joy of fishing to a casual invite to join Peter on the flats. The tournament’s major event sponsor is Mercury Marine which has supported this tournament since its inception through Boat & Motor Superstores by providing six Mercury motors as part of the prize packages awarded. The tournament is a catch and release photo finish tournament with anglers submitting photos only for

judging. Submitting actual fish is not allowed. The tournament is structured with an Open division ($100 entry) for those fishing with a guide on board, a Sportsman’s division ($75 entry) which excludes guides and a kid’s (12 years and under) division ($20 entry). All kids are winners in the Peter. T. Assimack Memorial Fishing tournament, each is awarded a rod/reel combo, t-shirt and award for participating. The Open and Sportsman’s division pays three places for each species, Snook, Redfish and Trout. Payouts are the same for either the Open or Sportsman division and kids are awarded trophies for 1st through 5th places. The six 1st place winners, one for each species

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tate Senator Mike Fasano and State Representative Richard Corcoran announce that SB 694 has passed both the House and Senate with unanimous votes in each chamber. The purpose of the bill is to establish standards of care for adult day care centers that promote their facility as providing specialized care to persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. These standards will ensure that individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia disorders receive dignified and appropriate care, support and intervention, enabling them to remain in their home and community and mitigating premature institutionalization that is costly to the family and to the state of Florida. “There are over 523,000 Floridians with probable Alzheimer’s, and it is projected that there will be a 64 percent increase in the number of Floridians suffering with Alzheimer’s disease by 2025,” Senator Fasano states. “With our elder population being the second largest economic engine in the state, we owe

From Your State Officials this acknowledgement of need and commitment to provide appropriate care to all Florida citizens affected by Alzheimer’s disease.” “With the passage of this legislation Florida has become the first state in the nation to establish a specialty Senator Mike Fasano license for adult day care centers providing specialized services to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers,” Representative Corcoran comments. “The needs of this vulnerable part of our population have been acknowledged and will be met through the higher standards that have been established.” This bill provides enhanced standards to meet the needs of adult day care participants and their caregivers by requiring increased supervision, higher level of training, education and experience for direct care service staff, increased presence of nursing staff for clinical care and health management, comprehensive safety and security requirements, provision of caregiver education and support, implementation of disease specific health promotion practices and provision of disease specific assessments and documentation. The bill now heads to the governor for his signature. ◆ Senator Mike Fasano, (R-New Port Richey), District 11 is available at (727) 848-5885.

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Another great piece of legislation we were able to pass was HB 529, which creates the Specialized Alzheimer’s Services Adult Day Care Act. This legislation increases voluntary licensure standards for adult day care centers that will lead to an increase in the quality of care for those afflicted with this terrible disease. Only facilities that meet the higher level standards of care will be able to advertise that they are licensed adult day care centers. With the number of Alzheimer’s patients increasing throughout Florida, it is imperative that Florida demand the highest level of care for our seniors in the country – and that is what this legislation will do! We were also successful in passing another extremely important bill in HB 667. On July 3rd, 2011 Deputy John C. Mecklenburg was instantly killed when he crashed into a tree while chasing a suspect trying to run other cars off of the road. He left behind his lovely wife, Penny, and two young children. My good friend of nearly 30 years, Senator Mike Fasano, and I fought to increase the penalty for those who flee and elude law enforcement officers that results in serious bodily injury or death to anyone hurt or killed as a result. With the passage of our bill, those who flee law enforcement where an individual is killed in the process will be able to be charged with a capital offense – life in prison up to the death penalty. Additionally, Senator Fasano and I were able to have the portion of U.S. Hwy. 41 between S.R. 52 and S.R. 50 named after Deputy Mecklenburg to preserve his service, sacrifice and legacy for his family and the people of Hernando County. As always, it is a great honor to serve you, and if there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to call, write or email. ◆

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Successful Session by Rep. Richard Corcoran House District 45 I am pleased to announce that the 2012 Legislative Session has come to a close and once again we have balanced our budget and have done so without raising a single tax. Additionally, we were also able to pass significant pieces of legislation. We continued to make great strides in demanding full price transparency in health care. Floridians are all too familiar with the never ending increases of health care costs. In our every day lives’, the consumer has some concept of the price of every product or service they purchase. The one exception? Health care costs. Price awareness will eventually have a driving-down effect upon health care costs and will increase the quality and accessibility of care to patients. This Session, we were able to pass legislation that greatly expands the scope of last year’s accomplishments by providing even greater price transparency and by adding several key consumer protections that will protect the little guy and gal in Florida from exorbitant and unknown charges. It also clamps down on the practice of hospitals hiding the fact that they are charging emergency room prices at their urgent care clinics.

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Plenty Of New Room To Wiggle Your Toes by Susan Latvala Pinellas County Commissioner It’s enough to make a sand castle as wide as a football field, soaring nearly 750 feet into the sky! That’s how much sand is going onto Pinellas County beaches – 1,250,000 cubic yards – between now and October of this year. Beach nourishment is essential to the quality of life in Pinellas County. First and most importantly, a wide beach provides a buffer against hurricanes and helps lessen the damage from pounding waves and storm surge. Then there is the environmental aspect. Pinellas County beaches serve as a nesting area for turtles and shore birds. And economically speaking, beach nourishment can provide up to a 10 to 1 return on the beach nourishment dollar. Our beaches may as well be covered with gold, as more than five million annual overnight visitors to Pinellas County cite our wide, sandy beaches as among their primary reasons for spending vacations here. Tourism has an approximate $6.5 billion annual impact on the Pinellas County economy. But they are not covered with gold; the beaches are covered with sand. Primarily wave-driven forces keep moving that sand around, hence the periodic need for replacement, right now from Sand Key

southward to North Redington Beach. This year’s campaign starts about 3,000 feet south of the park itself however, so Sand Key Park beachgoers will not be affected. The contractor is staging equipment and doing some surveying right now; the first new sand should arrive in late April or early May. Sand will be dredged from points 12-14 miles offshore from Sand Key and pumped along the affected coastline. The contractor will be very careful not to create any environmental distress in the nourishment process. Turbidity must be kept within prescribed bounds. Along the shoreline, staff from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium will be on patrol for sea turtle nests and will relocate any in the project’s path to a safer location. The project should move along rather swiftly; the contractor can fill in 100 to 150 feet of shoreline a day. Beach areas undergoing nourishment will be closed to bathers, but the inconvenience shouldn’t last long. By October, beach areas will be wider than before, covered with new, fine, white sand just begging for a beach blanket and some wiggly toes. This should last us six years or more. Honeymoon Island gets sand next, then Treasure Island and Long Key. What man gives the beach, nature quickly takes away, and the need for nourishment repeats itself eventually, sooner if any major storms affect our coastline. The 2012 Sand Key project will cost $31.5 million to nourish 8.7 miles of shoreline. The cost is split 60-20-20, shared by the federal government (the lion’s share), the state and the county. Pinellas County’s costs are borne by the Tourist Development Tax as 1/2 of one cent goes exclusively to beach nourishment. I am sure everyone will agree that the nourishment equipment represents only a minor inconvenience as it moves down the beaches, leaving in its path a new look for the beach and a new reason to be a proud resident of Pinellas County. ◆ Susan Latvala is available at (727) 464-3276 or you can email her at

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Many voters don’t realize how important it is to provide current signatures to the Supervisor of Elections. Voter signatures are used in several ways to help verify voter identities. Voter signatures on file are compared with signatures on mail and provisional ballot envelopes. Signatures on file are also used to verify voter signatures on candidate and initiative petitions. This signature verification is critical to protect the integrity of ballots and petitions. With more than 228,000 registered voters in Pinellas County having requests for mail ballots, it is especially important for us to have current signatures on file. When a voter requests a mail ballot, we mail a ballot kit which includes a ballot, secrecy sleeve, ballot instructions, postage information and return envelope. After voting, the voter inserts the ballot into the secrecy envelope and puts both in the return envelope. Once the envelope is sealed, the voter signs and dates the back of the envelope. When we receive voted ballots, elections staff process all mail ballot envelopes through a mailing system that scans each signature and stores its digital image. Each ballot envelope is logged in and the scanned signature image is compared with the voter’s signature on file. By state law, the ballot

For the third year in a row the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office service area has seen a decrease in Part One Crimes which include murder, forcible sex, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. According to the recently released FDLE Uniform Crime Report (UCR) there was a 7.62 percent overall decrease in Part One Crimes for the Sheriff’s entire service area in 2011, as compared to 2010. When we look at the three year picture the decrease is 11.98 percent. In addition, the report cites that arrests for Part One Crimes were up by 28.37 percent in 2011. The Sheriff’s jurisdiction includes the unincorporated area and 12 cities that have contracted with the Sheriff for primary law enforcement services, to include the cities are Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Redington Beach, Safety Harbor, Seminole and South Pasadena. The news is significant against the backdrop of the 616 positions and 108-million dollars in cuts we have had to make across the agency over the last four years. It tells us that even with the extensive budget reductions we have been able to

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classroom (i.e. math, science, social studies) in Pinellas County is now equipped with a classroom library filled with diverse and up-to-date materials. Studies show that children need access to a diverse selection of reading materials to develop into proficient readers and referendum funds are ensuring that students have plenty of books and periodicals in classrooms and media centers at every school. by Peggy L. O’Shea Tax dollars allotted by the referendum are Pinellas County School Board Member also bringing high-quality, contemporary supplies into classrooms to augment or replace aging or In the general elec- out-of date materials every year. These tangible tion held on November items can have a direct effect on student success 2nd, 2004, Pinellas Coun- and help Pinellas County Schools better prepare ty voters approved an ad- its students for college, trade school and employditional one-half mill ad ment after high school. valorem tax for school disFor instance, schools have received new trict operating expenses sound systems for auditoriums, digital cameras for four years beginning and visual art computer labs that are allowing stuJuly 1st, 2005 and ending dents to better showcase their work not just to the June 30th, 2009. community, but also to potential colleges and emThe funds were dedicated to three specific ar- ployers. Digital computer labs are helping students eas: recruiting and retaining quality teachers; pre- build marketable skills in the areas of graphic deserving reading programs sign, videography, animaand art and music classes Ballot Title: tion and website design. and providing up-to-date Approval of the continuation of one-half mill ad Students and teachvalorem tax for school district operating expenses. textbooks and technology. ers are reporting that the To ensure the money Ballot Question: expanded technology is was being spent as direct- Shall the Pinellas County School District ad valorem having a positive impact millage of one-half mill per year be continued begined by voters, a committee on classroom experiences. ning July 1, 2013 and ending four fiscal years later of community members Teachers using laptops, on June 30, 2017, for necessary operating expenses – the Independent Citizens including funds to recruit and retain quality teach- iPads and Smart Boards Referendum Oversight ers; preserve reading programs and music and art have reported elevated Committee (ICROC) – was classes; and provide up-to-date textbooks and tech- student engagement; inestablished to review and nology, with oversight of these expenditures by an creased participation in monitor expenditures. The independent citizens financial oversight committee? after-school remedial committee has consistently Referendum Date: November 6th, 2012 classes needed for gradufound that Pinellas County ation; fewer student abSchools is using the money as taxpayers intended. sences; better collaboration between students and Committee meetings are announced and open opportunities to bring greater relevance to lessons to the public in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine through online research and real-time feedback for Law. In compliance with Florida’s Public Records students. Law, quarterly and annual reports are published Referendum funds are also supporting our on the committee’s website. Every penny of the most vulnerable children through dedicated inmoney collected stays in Pinellas County. tervention programs for remedial readers; greater In the presidential primary election on Janu- access to FCAT preparation software; waived inary 29th, 2008, Pinellas County taxpayers voted to strument rental fees for students who can’t afford renew the one-half mill tax for another four-year them; paid admission for field trips to museums term, from July 1st, 2009 to June 30th, 2013. and art galleries that some children would not The tax renewal will be brought back to otherwise be able to visit and software and other Pinellas County voters in the general election on materials to support struggling students. November 6th, 2012. In short, the tax money funds numerous iniReferendum funds support all Pinellas Coun- tiatives and programs designed to support Pinellas ty Schools’ students through new or expanded County Schools’ vision of 100 percent Student classroom libraries, additional supplies, increased Success. ◆ training opportunities for teachers and contemporary technology like iPads, laptops, Smart Boards, Peggy L. O’Shea can be reached at (727) 771-2105 Kindles and digital cameras. or by email at School District Every reading classroom and every content office (727) 588-6000.

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Important April Reminders

by Diane Nelson Pinellas County Tax Collector

by Pam Dubov, CFA, CAE Pinellas County Property Appraiser

For property owners, paying real estate taxes in one lump every year can sometimes be a strain on the household budget. I often encourage Pinellas County residents to consider the tax installment plan, which splits an annual tax bill into four equal payments throughout the year in June, September, December and March. For households whose taxes are not paid in escrow through a mortgage company, making smaller payments four times a year is often more manageable than having to pay the entire tax bill at once. Participants in the installment plan receive discounts throughout the year, totaling close to 3.5 percent on their overall tax bill. To enroll in the installment plan for 2012, visit our website at If you need to visit one of our branch offices, we now offer live wait times on our homepage, a convenient tool that can help you avoid long lines and plan your visit in advance. Remember that we also accept appointments for all services. For more information visit or call (727) 464-7777 to speak to a representative at our customer service center, where we are committed to delivering “World-Class Service, Anytime, Any Place”. ◆

This month we would like to remind you of some important dates and upcoming deadlines that may affect you. March 1st was the deadline to file for a 2012 personal exemption (like the Homestead Exemption). If you applied for an exemption either online or in one of our offices and were asked to provide additional information, be sure to return the requested information so we can complete the application process for you. If you applied for a Low Income Senior Exemption this year and you didn’t have all of your 2011 financial information ready when you filed, you have until June 1st to supply proof that your 2011 household income was at or below the income threshold of $27,030 (excluding non-taxable social security or other non-taxable income). Do you own income-producing property? If so, you received an Income and Expense Return from our office earlier this year asking for information about the rental of your property. The information you provide on this form allows us to establish commercial property values that accurately reflect high vacancy rates and reduced rental rates in the local market. If you have not already submitted your Income and Expense Return, please do so now. Income and expense information

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Every Day Workers, Every Day Heroes by Mayor George Cretekos City of Clearwater The nearby librarian or recreation center director is identifiable to you. You may even know the name of the police officer who patrols your street or the firefighter at the station. But, most Clearwater City employees are nameless, and many of them do their work far from the public eye. Whether picking up garbage, unclogging sewers or answering the telephones, Clearwater’s City employees are dedicated and hardworking. Each month the City of Clearwater’s Human Resources Department works with its counterparts to identify outstanding employees and teams. Those selected are presented to the Clearwater City Council for recognition, and once a year, an Employee Recognition Luncheon is held to honor them. Announced at this year’s event for last year’s honorees are John McDowell as “Employee of the Year” and the July-August team for the “Team of the Year” award. In November 2011, Parks and Recreation


A Visit To The Past… And The Future by Tracey Reed Countryside Library Manager I had the opportunity to visit the first library I worked in last month. I was up in Pennsylvania visiting family and took the opportunity to stop in and see the “old place.” I started my library career there, before computers were ubiquitous, when we still had a true “card catalog” (though the librarians could search it via their computers, we didn’t have computers for the public yet). The building had changed tremendously – the entrance had been moved to a different side of the building, the reference desk was almost non-existent and the offerings for classes and programs had exploded. I spoke to the director, a woman who had just started the job when I left, about how it had changed over the last 15 or so years. We agreed that libraries are changing again and the building she had remodeled 10 years ago didn’t meet the needs her community had now. They needed more space for people to bring their own computers and iPads, places for groups to sit down and work and talk quietly among themselves, smaller shelves for print books because of the proliferation of eBooks and program and meeting rooms that could be used by larger groups (that particular library didn’t have any community meeting space). We agreed that the media is changing, but the basic things that libraries do haven’t changed

Countryside Department employee John McDowell and a coworker were having lunch at Sal’s Royal Pizza. At the laundromat next door were a woman and her young son. The child wandered off and darted into Drew Street. John noticed, and quickly ran into the street, swooped up the boy, and, most assuredly, prevented a terrible accident. Mr. McDowell’s response merited his being named as the “2011 Employee of the Year” by his peers. The 2011 Team of the Year is the Public Utilities/General Services Department team nicknamed “When Someone Falls, Others Rise” team. The five coworkers of this group are Jack Sadowski, Jackie Calder, Bob Baxter, Ben Troutman and Dennis Coley. They teamed up to rescue Charlie Sims, a coworker who had slipped while dismantling piping at the Marshall Street Wastewater Treatment Plant. The force of the water pulled Mr. Sims into the effluent box. Numerous efforts to pull Mr. Sims out failed. Even after entering the clarifier channel, the team could not get Mr. Sims. Then, a ladder was slid into the chute to stabilize Mr. Sims, and with the ladder being repositioned, he was able to climb out. Congratulations not only to these honorees, but also to all those nominated and to all Clearwater City employees. Residents expect their government services to work and perform, and Clearwater’s employees do their best every day. But, when accidents happen or emergencies arise, the residents of Clearwater can appreciate the service of their City’s employees and the professionalism which is displayed throughout the year. ◆ Mayor George Cretekos can be reached at (727) 562-4050 or by email at

at all: provide information and entertainment through books and other media, provide opportunities from storytimes to computer classes for seniors for lifelong learners, provide spaces for everyone in the community to gather and meet and talk, and provide the means for people to grow in any of the ways they choose to. We still do those things, but how we provide them has changed, and is changing, dramatically. Libraries offer more and more varied programs (five years ago exercise programs such as Zumba at the library would have been unheard of!). We are, as I have written about before, incorporating eBooks and other online resources into our collections. We are changing the way we do reference in many places to be more available, and available in different ways, to our users. Libraries are constantly changing to meet your needs: the insides may be expanded and renovated, bookshelves may shrink in number inside those buildings and computers may take over former tables where newspapers were spread. All of these things had happened at my “old library” in Pennsylvania. But you know what? Even after all that renovation and all these years, it still smelled the same. It is the smell of information, entertainment and community. Enjoy some of our April program highlights and don’t forget to check the online calendar for ongoing youth programs including Zumba, Baby Yoga, Little Ones Music and Stories and more.

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April Action In Clearwater by Terry Repp Countryside Recreation Center The City of Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department held some wonderful March activities and now the time change brings on April happenings all over the City! The Countryside Recreation Center celebrates Spring with their annual Easter Eggstravaganza and Open House at 2640 Sabal Springs Drive in Clearwater on Saturday, April 7th from 9-11:30am. There will be an incredible egg hunt, touch-a-truck activities, arts and crafts, bounce house, blood drive and a gymnasium full of vendors. Call the staff at (727) 669-1914 to reserve your table at this annual event, bring the children and their baskets and bring the camera for some great pictures! April also brings the Fun ‘N Sun Festival to various locations in sparkling Clearwater. Many of our recreation centers have added fun, interesting new classes and events such as Open Mic Night for young artists, Tai Chi and Silver Sneaker YogaStretch. Countryside Recreation Center now opens at 5am Monday through Friday and summer camp registration has begun. Parents can now drop in for a schedule of camps, field trips and all of our summer fun. The City of Clearwater wants to educate and

inform our families on many health matters and we have partnered with BayCare Health Systems to bring you some excellent information. The Aging Well Center at the Long Center, the Countryside Library and Countryside Recreation Center will hold free seminars this month on Hernias, GERD, Balance, Better Sleep and many other topics. Bring it on time change...we are ready to roll with healthy, fun activities. Let’s celebrate Spring, Easter, Earth Day, Passover, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and a wonderfully exciting, progressive City.

April Highlights

4/12, Kingfish Tournament. Presented by the Rotary Club of Clearwater and sanctioned by the Southern Kingfish Association, sport fishing’s largest saltwater tournament trail, the annual Kingfish Fishing Tournament features live music and food with proceeds benefiting the Rotary Club of Clearwater charities. Clearwater Yacht Club. For more information visit or call (727) 510-4812. 4/20 thru 4/29, 2012 Fun ‘N Sun Festival, various times and locations. This annual festival features a variety of events for all to enjoy. Visit for the complete schedule of events and details. 4/22, Aflac Iron Girl Clearwater, 7:30am. 5K and 10K Run/Walk event featuring a post-race Breakfast Cafe, Iron Girl performance technical women’s shirts, personalized race bibs, IPICO Sports Timing, USATF certified courses and post-race giveaways. Coachman Park. For more information visit ◆ For a complete list of programs and classes call the Rec Center at (727) 669-1914 or visit the website at The Rec Center is located at 2640 Sabal Springs Drive.

April Highlights

4/5, Easy Travel with Children, 5:30pm. 4/14, Bare Bones Science, 2pm. 4/19, Book Club Hosts Ann O’Farrell, 2:30pm. 4/25, Memory and Cognitive Issues Lecture, 12pm. This is part of the Aging Well Center and Morton Plant Mease Partnership Lecture Series. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 562-4970 or visit the website at The Library is located at 2741 State Road 580.

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Curlew Creek Chronicle by Jill Jackson, PTA Representative and Janet Martin, Community Liaison


an it be that April has already arrived? We are back from Spring Break and back to work in the classroom and in our gardens. Everything is in bloom! We are getting ready for Battle of the Books and FCAT Assessments are right around the corner. Our veggies, flowers and herbs are growing and we can’t wait for the tasty rewards of our green efforts. Our Luau Book Fair was a great success and got everyone into the reading mood. Not only did readers get to stock up for spring and summer reading, but many donations were received for our classrooms, the Media Center and One for Books program. Preparing kids for summer reading is crucial and by getting them involved in their reading choices and showing that reading is a priority helps to prevent “the summer slide” in academic skills. Boney surfed on into the Much thanks to Kris Luau Book Fair in March Wentworth and all of the at Curlew Creek.

Eco Club is busy planting the Butterfly Garden with cosmos and sunflowers they grew from seed. other teachers and staff that helped make Math Night at Sweetbay Supermarket in Oldsmar add up to such success. Students went on a fun math scavenger hunt and were challenged to use their math skills. Thanks also to Sweetbay for hosting our event. We always like to take a moment to recognize the special individuals who go that extra mile to make our community so special. This month we would like to thank our outstanding specialists, from Speech to Reading, Art, Music, P.E., Therapy and all of the other wonderful people who dedicate themselves to the children. Thank you for all you do! ◆

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Spirit Night at McDonald’s – Apr. 5th Eco Club, 2:45pm – Apr. 12th 1st Grade Sings, Art Expo and PTA Meeting, 6:30pm – Apr. 17th Battle of the Books – Apr. 26th & Apr. 27th Spring Fling, 5:30-8pm – Apr. 27th Professional Learning Day, No School – Apr. 30th Curlew Creek Elementary, Robert McFadden, Principal, 3030 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 724-1423.

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n Thursday, March 1st, members of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 7 met with the very gracious Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos at a City Commissioners meeting. During the meeting he presented a Proclamation stating that May 1st-3rd of 2012 are designated as Poppy Days in the City of Clearwater. The Poppies are a symbol of soldiers who have died which dates back to WWI when a soldier in France wrote the “In Flanders Fields” poem. For more information call the American Legion Auxiliary Post 7 at (727) 215-1105. ◆

L to R, Countryside High Career Center Director Kathleen Lamb, Jordan Rodnizki, Julie Yaeger and JD Hopkins. ments that included a 3.0 GPA, interview, essay, online application and optional portfolio. Rodnizki showed great poise and composure well beyond his years during his interview with the Career Advisory Board. His long list of accomplishments in academics, theatre and voice, community service and in leadership roles exemplify the passion and dedication he has for everything he does. At the age of 18, Jordan’s accomplishments far surpass what some people may take their entire lives to achieve. For example, he has been the lead in three musicals and in a competitive one-act play. He is the co-writer of and performed in “Project: Shattered Silence”, a program that debuted at Ruth Eckerd Hall. He is also the District Chair of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS for the Pinellas County Region. “Everyone needs to do more than just academics at school,” stated Rodnizki. “Join clubs, find your niche in both your community and school, and it will allow you to have more success.” Jordan’s parents, Jorge and Irene are proud of their son and recognize him as an achiever. “We always knew he would do wonderful things, but our son has gone beyond our expectations,” exclaimed his father. While Rodnizki has not yet decided on the college he will be attending it is no surprise he has numerous offers and scholarship opportunities. Just recently, Jordan played the lead in the “Forbidden Planet” at the Florida State Thespian Festival in Tampa. The Countryside High School Cougar Career Center is an on-campus facility that is operated entirely by volunteers. For more information call (727) 725-7956, ext. 2079 or email Kathleen Lamb at ◆

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Budget Planning Season by Mayor Eggers City of Dunedin We are fast approaching the “Budget Planning” season as though it really isn’t being done year round anyway. As property values continue to adjust, we are anticipating yet another year of declining values, albeit somewhat less than has occurred in recent years. That means we as a community need to keep in mind that your City employees will be implementing the budget next year with less resources and what will be the fourth consecutive year of declining revenues. We have adjusted so far with minimal loss in services, and though each year becomes more challenging, we certainly hope to bring a budget that balances services and efficiency, and yet one that is in keeping with the long-term mission of our City. This year, we will be planning a two-year budget to better anticipate the resource requirements of our departments during an extended time. We do a good job of capital planning (Six year Capital Improvement Plan), but historically, we have only looked one year at a time for our day-to-day department operations. We of course will make sure all of our public safety priorities are met and that our community commitment to safety first is unwavering. The Sheriff contract will be reviewed and molded to our specific needs and our Fire Department will continue to be one of the best as we replace a much-dilapidated fire station in Highlander Park. We will continue to care for our parks and develop recreational programs for folks of all ages. There is a commitment to working with Pinellas County to improve the condition of the Causeway (Causeway Committee). We will continue scrutiniz-

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You Belong At Your Library by Phyllis Gorshe Library Director April is the month for libraries, Scottish culture and poetry! We will be celebrating National Poetry Month, National Library Week on April 8th-14th, the Highland Games and the unveiling of our Robert Burns bronze bust. Dunedin is known for its rich Scottish heritage and the library will be receiving a beautiful bronze bust of the poet, Robert Burns, created by Sculptor Linda Ackley Eaker. It will be a wonderful time to unveil the bust in late April after the Highland Games and celebrating the Bard of Scotland, Robert Burns, during National Poetry Month. The fundraising began in October 2011 by Former Florida House Representative and Former Mayor of Dunedin Tom Anderson. Through his inspiration, numerous community businesses, organizations and personal donors helped to make this project a reality through the Dunedin Public Library Foundation, Inc. In addition to the bronze bust, we will be starting a special Scottish book collection available for checkout at the Dunedin Public Library. This will truly become a destination spot for visitors to our community interested in Scottish heritage. Another milestone for the month of April is the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic. In con-

Dunedin ing the health of our Hammock Park (Hammock Park Committee) and working to ensure its longterm survivability. We hope to continue developing and implementing our Bicycle Master Plan that creates wonderful corridors for safer bicycle riding throughout our entire community. We will continue to maintain and improve our infrastructure and utility delivery system. Your tax dollars maintain a sound repaving program and reconstruction of our main roads (San Christopher and Michigan). We will continue the strong Stormwater enhancement program that is improving the Dunedin Isles and South Side areas this year. There is nothing more important than delivery of good water, so we will continue to reinvest in our state-of-the-art water plant and replacing aging pipes around our City. As well, we will be investigating a 1-1-1 trash collection system which would mean trash pick up once a week, brush pick up once a week and recycle pick up once a week. We will be closely reviewing information concerning the efficiencies and effectiveness of such a system for our City so please be involved. In any event, this is the time to weigh in and discuss your community’s future and upcoming two year budget planning cycle. We look forward to hearing your passion and thoughts about our wonderful City.

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To borrow the “City of Champion” name, we are honored to be receiving an award for our Bicycle Rack Program (thanks Bill Coleman and Matt Campbell). We will be honoring Stephanie Whitaker, a teacher from our Dunedin Elementary School for the Pinellas County School Teacher of the Year award and we will be honoring two Dunedin High School wrestlers for becoming State Champions. We will be celebrating our City heritage and history through our 46th Annual Scottish Games. We will be sending our Toronto Blue Jays north to battle yet again another season of major league baseball in the American League East. Lots to do and lots to be proud of in Dunedin. Get involved, enjoy your City and remember it is a great City because of each and every one of you. God Bless you and your families. ◆ Dave Eggers can be reached at (727) 298-3001 or junction with the Dunedin Historical Museum, the Dunedin Public Library will host “A Titanic Afternoon: A Voyage of Discovery” as told by Henry Loscher on Sunday, April 15th at 2pm at the Dunedin Public Library. Mr. Loscher, acclaimed Titanic Historian and Lecturer, was born in Norfolk, Virginia and educated at the University of Virginia. His parents were friends of the Aks family, Titanic survivors. He has collected many books, films, documentaries and memorabilia connected with the Titanic. He brings to his talk over 50 years of research. Come listen as he brings to life the true story of the ill-fated ship, Titanic. Join us throughout the month of April for exceptional programs for kids, teens and adults. You can find out more about library and other programs at

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Run For Your Life by Gregg Svendgard Recreation Coordinator


here is something contagious about running and you want to catch it! It could be the excitement of testing your body’s limits as you view the beauty of nature and the landscape that surrounds you, the pounding of your feet on the ground that sends sensations all the way up your bones to the pleasure center in the brain or it could simply be the self-gratification of doing something that is good for you both physically and mentally. Whatever the reason you find running so alluring, it can definitely turn out to be an addictive pleasure. The health benefits associated with running and exercise are well documented. A body in motion driven to fulfill its athletic potential is truly a thing to behold. As you exercise, your endorphins increase and your body’s well-being is immediately enhanced. One must remember that with any endeavor it can be difficult at first. Even the most ardent of runners have faced those initial trials and tribulations – only to come out stronger on the other side after conquering their doubts and fears. The key is to never lose sight of the goals you set for yourself; any task can be achieved by the human spirit. Remember running, although demanding, is one of the most effective forms of exercise the body can perform. Running can help you lose weight, lower your blood pressure, and again, it cannot be stressed enough; it can increase your overall fitness and health. Whatever your motivation is, know that your body will benefit from your efforts. We, at the Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department, think we have the perfect vehicle for you to fuel your running passion. On Saturday, May 12th the City will once again stage

its annual Hog Hustle 5K Run/Walk. The 5K route will begin and end at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium and features a scenic course along Edgewater Drive and Downtown Dunedin. Runners will receive a race t-shirt and pancake breakfast served by our local Kiwanis group as part of their race fee registration. The Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department does not simply cater to the running segment of the population. Our Athletics section offers a wide variety of athletic endeavors for you to participate in throughout the year, such as softball leagues, flag football, tennis and more.

April Highlights

4/5, Brown Bag Bunny Lunch, 10am-12pm. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center. 4/6, Films in the Park, dusk. “Gone With the Wind” at Pioneer Park. 4/13, Sunset Stroll on Victoria Drive, 5:15pm. Begins at 821 Victoria Drive. 4/13, Films in the Park, dusk. “Beach Blanket Bingo” at Pioneer Park. 4/14, Military Tattoo, 7pm. Dunedin High School. 4/15, Spring Chorus Concert, 3pm. Dunedin Community Center. 4/20, Films in the Park, dusk. “West Side Story” at Pioneer Park. 4/21, Highland Games, 8am-5pm. Highlander Park. 4/21, Arbor Day Tree Give-away, 8:30am. Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. First come, first served, while supplies last. 4/27, Vintage Fashion Show & Cocktails, 5:309:30pm. “Shaken, Not Stirred” at Dunedin Historical Museum. 4/27, Films in the Park, dusk. “My Fair Lady” at Pioneer Park. 4/28, Touch-A-Truck, 10am-2pm. Highlander Park. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Rec Center at (727) 812-4530 or visit the website at The Rec Center is located at 1920 Pinehurst Road.

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April Highlights

4/2, Casual Scrabble Club, 6pm. Join us for an evening of Scrabble fun. For adults and teens of high school age and older. Bring your own board. No registration required. 4/4, Medicare Seminar: Medicare Advantage Plans, 2pm. Free, unbiased seminars are being offered by specially trained SHINE volunteers. No registration required. 4/7, Dunedin Garden Club, 1pm. For more information call (727) 447-6814. 4/10, Identity Theft and Fraud, 7pm. Learn how to prevent being a victim of identity theft and fraud. No registration required. 4/14, Downloading Library Audiobooks through Overdrive, 10am. This class will be hosted by Librarian Mark Young. No registration required. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 298-3080 or visit the website at The Library is located at 223 Douglas Ave. or (727) 787-6070

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On Friday, March 23rd, the students and staff celebrated diversity at our Annual Culture Fair. Everyone enjoyed listening to the presenters sharing their experiences, talents and knowledge of different cultures and traditions around the globe. The students were treated to cooking demonstrations, song, dance and art activities. ◆ San Jose Elementary School, Monika Wolcott, Principal, 1670 San Helen Drive, Dunedin, (727) 469-5956. vocalist actresses who include local stage and recording artists Nicole Kendall, Nathalie Hernandez and Macey Akers. Along with a host of characters, puppeteers and technicians, the show is designed, pruned and fertilized for fun! The Dunedin High School auditorium is located at 1651 Pinehurst Road. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information call (727) 469-4100 or email ◆

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unedin High School Drama will present “Little Shop of Horrors” on April 19th, 20th and 21st at the Dunedin High School auditorium in Dunedin at 7pm. A star-studded cast will perform in this popular stage production. The role of Seymour will be played by 2011 Walker’s Rising Stars winner, Adam Zeph. Orin the Dentist will be played by the versatile Peter Bernard who was showcased at a festival of Pinellas County theatre students. The unforgettable Audrey will be played by an equally unforgettable Paige Konger, Captain and founder of the Musical Theatre group Broadway Bound in 2011-2012. Playing the Audrey 2 Plant from Outer space are two actresses, Aubrey Wetzelberg and Eve Tuck. The Singing Trio is a killer set of

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4/4, Ringling Museum of Art Field Trip, 9am-5pm. 4/18, Casino Luncheon, 12pm. Mondays, Spanish for Travelers, 7-8pm. Mondays, Ageless Grace, 11:45am-12:30pm. Mondays, Starlight Dances, 7-9pm. Wednesdays, Movie Series, 1pm. April’s theme is Kate Winslet. Wednesdays & Fridays, Zumba, 9-10am. Thursdays, Dulcimer Lessons, 6:30-7:30pm. Fridays, Friday Movie Series, 1pm. The Hale Senior Activity Center is located at 330 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin. Call (727) 298-3299 for more information. ◆


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ast Lake Fire Rescue named Lieutenant Jason Gennaro as the 2012 Firefighter of the Year. Chief Tom Jamison cited Lt. Gennaro’s dedication to the Department’s training program. “Lt. Gennaro has done an excellent job of moving our training program forward. He is a tremendous asset to East Lake Fire Res- Lt. Jason Gennaro cue.” Lt. Gennaro has been with the department since 1996. He is a State Certified Paramedic and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy State. Lt. Gennaro is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, an exclusive post graduate program accepting only 200 students nationwide each year. ◆

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5th Grade Student: Hannah DiFelice Teachers: Mr. Feyerabend and Mrs. Fleeman Mr. Feyerabend and Mrs. Fleeman would like to select Hannah DiFelice for the Student of the Month award. Hannah is hardworking, friendly, helpful and an overall polite young lady. She is a pleasure to have in class and a great Hannah DiFelice role model to other students. Art and Music teachers both comment on what a hard worker she is. Hannah is involved in Bobcat Chorus, Safety Patrol and also plays soccer. “Hannah DiFelice is a wonderful young lady. She is very talented in music and chorus. Hannah continues to seek out her talents through Orff, drumming and singing in the Bobcat Chorus. Hannah is a pleasure to teach.” – Mrs. Zielepuza, Music Teacher ◆ Brooker Creek Elementary School, Donna Gehringer, Principal, 3130 Forelock Road, Tarpon Springs, (727) 943-4600.

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emember when your mom read you the “Little Red Riding Hood and the Big, Bad Wolf Ballerina” fairytale? No? Well, you are not alone, but you definitely missed out! Mrs. Crim’s 1st grade class at Brooker Creek Elementary turned the fairytale world upside down when they took to the stage and wowed audiences with the musical stage production of “Red”. The play is a twist on the fairytale, “Little Red Riding Hood” and in this funny spoof, “Red” is on her way to Grandma’s house when she encounters “Wolfie” who plots to steal her yummy basket of treats. Red decides to outsmart Wolfie by rewriting the story and turning Wolfie into a ballerina instead of a big, bad wolf...and she doesn’t stop there! Red uses her magical pencil and imagination to rewrite a whole slew of fairytale favorites, but things quickly spin of control and Red has to figure out how to fix the fairytales and bring back a “happy ending” for everybody. Tess Polites, a 1st grader, played the lead and she was fantastic! All the kids lit up the stage inside the packed school cafeteria which had been transformed into a fairytale wonderland, complete with an enchanted forest, Cinderella and Prince Charming’s castle, Little Miss Muffet and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. But you just knew something was “off” when the F.B.I. (Fairytale Believers, Inc.) showed up along with “Sheriff Locks”

and his handcuffs. The play was funny from start to finish, but one scene in particular stood out, mainly because it wasn’t actually part of the script. Wolfie, played by 7-year-old Eduardo Tavares, was supposed to shed his pink tutu, as Red “Red” as portrayed and the F.B.I. rewrote the by Tess Polites. fairytales, restoring them all to their original forms. But try as he might, that pink tutu wouldn’t budge. So one by one, all the characters left their “mark” and tried to help Wolfie tug at the tutu, but it wouldn’t work. Audience members sat on the edge of their seats in anticipation, wondering what was going on. Many had no idea this wasn’t part of the play. Finally, after what seemed like forever, Wolfie managed to tear off his tutu and throw it on the floor...the entire room exploded into laughter and cheers. The whole cast deserves an Oscar for that one scene alone! Special thanks go out to Miss Jane Tesh, who wrote the original play and Miss Joni Klein-Higger who revised the text and wrote all the original music and lyrics. And we can’t forget the most important part of the play, Mrs. Crim. Just imagine directing 17 students in a musical production jam-packed with original songs, choreography and lots and lots of dialogue. Mrs. Crim does it every year and she definitely deserves a standing ovation for her patience, her persistence and her positive attitude. However, she would be the first to give credit to all the wonderful parent volunteers and business sponsors who chipped in to make this play possible. So watch out Broadway these young thespians all have some serious acting chops and there is no doubt a happy ending is in their future. ◆

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News From The Nest by Michele Kelley Wellness Committee Co-Chair, Cypress Woods PTA


e have some budding artists at Cypress Woods. The artwork of 58 students was recently on display at the Boot Ranch Publix. In celebration of Youth Arts Month in March, Art Teacher Steven Sikorski had students use recyclable materials to create real art projects. Each student was asked to pick out one product package and to make a collage using scissors and glue. The projects in this art show were inspired by the artwork of modern pop artist and author of “An Artist’s America”, Michael Albert. Our family fun night was a great success. Thanks to everyone who participated and for all the sponsors who helped make this a wonderful event.

Rotary Citizen Of The Month

Cypress Woods is proud to announce that our Rotary student of the month is Elizabeth Stricklen. Elizabeth has exemplary work habits and always participates in class. She has a Elizabeth great disposition and a wonderful Stricklen. attitude. She is always eager to help in class and has many friends. The teachers at Cypress Woods appreciate her determination and eagerness to learn. Elizabeth always shows positive actions and encourages others to be the best they can be. Congratulations, Elizabeth! ◆ Cypress Woods Elementary School, Lisa Freeman, Principal, 4900 Cypress Woods Blvd., Palm Harbor, (727) 538-7325.

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Teen volunteers help patrons with computers at the Oldsmar Library the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Superheroes, typically fictional characters, are commonly defined as having traits beyond those of normal human beings, although sports figures and occasional others have been labeled superheroes at times. The City of Oldsmar has a team of superheroes. They don’t fly through the universe, transform or leap tall buildings in a single bound, but they selflessly provide valuable help and services to others. Oldsmar’s superheroes are adults and teens passionate about good stewardarship and partnering with their community. They all have something in common...the heart to be aware of others’ needs and the desire to do something about it for the betterment of all. A highlight of the City’s annual event calendar is honoring our 110 volunteers at an Appreciation Dinner during April, National Volunteer

Month. Our superhero teens and adults have contributed thousands of hours serving the library, participating on advisory boards, undergoing specialized training for assisting in local emergencies, assisting presenting public events and informative programs and more. They listen, advise, plan and implement – giving from the heart, asking nothing in return. The United States and our City’s greatest resource is its people. Without our Oldsmar team of volunteers contributing ingenuity and energy, citizens might see higher costs, fewer services or limited public programs and opportunities. Oldsmar residents can volunteer for a City board or advisory committee by completing an application form on the City Clerk’s page at For direct inquiries contact Kathy Horvath, Assistant City Clerk at (813) 749-1116 or ◆ Mayor Jim Ronecker can be contacted at or call the Oldsmar Answer Line at (813) 749-1100.

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ompleting 36 years as a member of the City of Oldsmar Fire Rescue, Fire Chief Scott McGuff retired on January 6th, 2012. Chief McGuff began as a volunteer in Oldsmar after moving from Michigan in 1972. Oldsmar hired its first three career firefighters in 1983 making McGuff one of the original full-time employees in the department. Initially hired as a Lieutenant overseeing a mostly volunteer department, he was promoted to captain in 1985 and became the City’s fire marshal. When the City’s first career fire chief resigned, McGuff was named the acting fire chief in 1988. Three months later and after more than 150 applicants had applied for the job, McGuff was selected to be the new fire chief. McGuff’s tenure as fire chief has been marked by many successes both personally and professionally. He has overseen the growth of the department from the original (small) metal sided station located on State Street to the current modern facility that houses its Rescue and Ladder companies and fire prevention, EMS and administrative offices as well as a training room that is open for public uses and doubles as the City Emergency Operations Center. Active in local, state and regional fire service organizations, McGuff has helped to promote the message of fire safety and prevention, as well as fire service delivery and supported the use of technology to help firefighters and prevention personnel to accomplish their missions. In 2003 Oldsmar received the Fire Service Award of Excellence from the International Association of Fire Chiefs for its use of computers in fire apparatus that provide responders vital information on buildings such as preplans and hazardous materials stored on site for the more than 1500 commercial occupancies in the City.

Chief McGuff was the driving force behind the creation of the Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial Flag which is flown today at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the State Fire College in Ocala, as well as during funerals and memorial services for Fire Chief Scott McGuff fallen firefighters. McGuff leaves behind a legacy of public service and community pride that will have a lasting effect on the men and women of Oldsmar Fire Rescue. Although he states he has no set retirement plans yet, rumor has it that he and his wife Micheline (a recently retired Tampa firefighter) have been seen shopping for an RV! We wish Chief McGuff the best in his well deserved retirement. ◆

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he Belle of the Ball, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is looking for volunteers for the upcoming prom season. Belle of the Ball Project, run entirely by volunteers, provides prom and homecoming dresses to in-need, low-income high school girls in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Established in 2003, their mission statement is “no girl should be denied the opportunity to attend her high school dance because of financial difficulties.” Volunteer opportunities are available on April 14th, April 21st, May 5th and May 12th at the Seminole Mall retail store located at 11201 Park Blvd. N., next to Ross Department Store. If you are interested in helping, send an email to More information is also available online at ◆




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Save Water, Save Energy, Save Money by Bert Weber Library Director Oldsmar Library is offering two free workshops in April – one, for learning how to save rainwater and the other for learning how to monitor energy use. Saving rainwater and saving energy both result in cost savings to citizens. These workshops fill up fast, so hurry to register. Water availability is a hot topic these days. Population growth, strained water supplies and the amount of rainfall determine availability. Have you noticed that during and after a rain, water is pouring out of gutters and down streets? Seems like a waste of a valuable resource. On Saturday, April 21st at 10am in TECO Hall at Oldsmar Library, Pinellas County Extension Florida-Friendly

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from the Golf Tournament, summer youth programs would be more costly and unaffordable for many. An added benefit of supporting our summer programs is that it creates summer employment opportunities and on-the-job experience for high school and college students to assist us. The Tournament offers something for everyone. Individual player cost is only $75 for the greens fee, 18 holes of golf, cart, one raffle ticket and dinner following the Tournament. A $350 Corporate Package for four players includes greens fee and cart, hole sponsorship, company promotional items in the goodie bags, raffle tickets for great prizes and dinner. We also offer dynamic Greens Fee Sponsorships for $600. See details in our Golf Tournament brochure/entry form available online at or phone Oldsmar’s Leisure Services Department at (813) 749-1260. Unable to attend that day? Hole Sponsorships, at just $100, include the business name and logo on the sign at one hole along the course and company promotional items in the goodie bags. Play for play. Playing in our Tournament gives kids summer play in the great outdoors. I hope to see you there! Thank you for your support. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Rec Center at (813) 749-1152 or visit the website at The Rec Center is located at 300 Commerce Blvd.

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Clear skies, sunshine, a fun day of golf with friends, family, coworkers or clients on Friday, May 4th. Does it get any better than that? Register now for the City of Oldsmar’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament at Eagles Golf Course. It is not just about golf. It is about creating opportunities for children ages 5-12 to be active during the summer months, engaged in outdoor fun, learning about Florida, exploring and appreciating the environment through visits to Oldsmar parks. Proceeds from the Golf Tournament help support Oldsmar’s summer programs for children – programs that are open to area children, not just Oldsmar residents. Without the funds generated

Landscaping staff will demonstrate how to save rainwater in a recycled plastic barrel for later use. Workshop attendees will receive set-up instructions and a reference booklet as well as be given a rain barrel and spigot. Register at the Oldsmar Library Reference Desk or by phone at (813) 749-1181. We are also offering a free workshop on energy efficiency. Register for Pinellas County Extension’s Kill-A-Watt program scheduled for Thursday, April 26th from 1:30-2:30pm at Oldsmar Library. Learn how to monitor your home’s energy use and lower power bills. Library patrons will be able to borrow Kill-a-Watt monitors to evaluate their home energy use. You will be amazed at the energy used simply to recharge mobile and other devices! Register online at or call the Library Reference Desk at (813) 749-1178. Oldsmar Library is a valuable resource. From any computer, anywhere, search the catalog and order books and materials for checkout. Search energy conservation, home tips for energy conservation, saving money on energy and more. From our library computers you have free access to Consumer Reports for product evaluations. Check us out at ◆


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Books, Books, Books by Gene Coppola Library Director Over the years I have written on a multitude of library related topics and I am sure you found some of them interesting and perhaps some of them even enlightening. Conversely, I am sure there are some of you out there who flip through the pages, see my column and without pause, flip over to the Safety Harbor section. I don’t take it personally. My point here is that I have written about a lot of stuff but rarely have I written about one of the reasons why I got into this profession. That’s right, books; the joy of reading and the sharing of the experience. I conduct a book club here at the library the second Monday and Tuesday of every month and at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art every other month as well as providing book talks in the community. It is probably one of the last few things I do that makes me truly feel like a librarian. I thought this month I would share my feelings on some books I recently read. When I am done here, I would like to hear your thoughts if you have read any of these same titles. Or for that matter, any suggestions you may have. I can be reached by email at

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“Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling” by Ross King. This is a riveting overview between two towering figures and egos over the Sistine Chapel. The movie with Chuck Heston was good but this book is terrific! “Zorba the Greek” by Nikos Kazantzakis. A celebration of life and love...and how can you

beat a Greek background? “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larsen. What a thriller! Here are two concurrent stories between the Chicago World’s Fair and the first documented serial killer in America. An awe-inspiring and gripping tale, you have to remind yourself, this happened! “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen. I think there a very few people who have not read this story so if you are one of the few, curl with up with this book for a few hours and travel back to the 1930’s and be entertained by the circuses of yesteryear with a big dash of romance thrown in. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. Wow. What a book. Even if you saw the movie, it isn’t as good as the book. “The March” by E.L. Doctorow. Truly one of America’s great writers. Travel along with 19th century groupies who followed General Sherman as he burned his way to Atlanta and beyond. “Seabiscuit: An American Legend” by Laura Hillenbrand. Heroes come in all types and a horse, his trainer, owner and jockey can also be included. A wonderful film with Toby Maguire, it is also a great book. “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines. Truly one of the most poignant tales you will ever read; powerful in its delivery, simple in its telling. Gaines is another great American writer.

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“Making the Mummies Dance” by Thomas Hoving. The true inside story of the revolution that took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the 1960’s and 1970’s. You cannot put this book down. “Clarks of Cooperstown” by Nicholas Weber Fox. The heirs of the Singer Sewing Machine fortune and their supreme art collections now housed at the Met and the Museum of Modern Art. It is fascinating. So, spread the joy! What are you reading? ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 784-3332 or visit the website at


We Have Plans! by Connie Davis, President/CEO We gave you Harbor Art Festival the first week of December. We gave you the Holiday Parade the 2nd week in December. We gave you Evening Extraordinaire in February and then the 4th Annual Citrus Festival at the end of March. There is more to come! We have “Chamber Night” for the opening night of the Dunedin Blue Jays as they take on the Clearwater Threshers on April 5th at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. Chamber members are invited to attend the game at 6:30pm with the gates opening at 5:30pm. Tickets are $6 for the game only and $16 with the all-you-caneat barbecue, available until 8pm, which includes voucher for a beer or bottled water. A wristband, which is included, will get you additional beer and wine for $2 each. The high-energy “Black Honkeys” will be doing a post-game concert with great Motown-styled music. Chamber members can order their tickets through our Chamber of Commerce and pick them up that evening before the game. Join us April 13th at 6pm at Palm Harbor University High School for the American Cancer Society Palm Harbor Relay for Life. Approximately 27 teams will be “walking the track” and raising money! Join our Palm Harbor Chamber Team (and many community and local teams) for a night of fun, networking, food, shopping, music, games and much more. Cancer survivors will be honored with a complimentary dinner catered on site by Tiffany’s Family Restaurant. Cancer never sleeps


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The Sutherland PTA says, ”Thank you!” to everyone who supported the school’s Cookie Dough Sales fundraising efforts last month. The program raised a lot of money and it was a huge success. Thanks also to everyone who came to the Family Fun Fest on March 16th. The Sutherland Family Fun Fest gets better every year and we hope everyone had a great time.

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Congratulations to the following Sutherland students for having their artwork selected for the 2012 Clearwater Arts Alliance “March is Youth Art Month” K-8 Student Art Exhibition: • Dennis of the 5th grade for “Self Portrait” • Tristan of the 3rd grade for “My Shoe” • Julien of the Kindergarten for “Valentine Heart” Their artwork is on display in the gallery at the Clearwater Main Library located at 100 N. Osceola Ave. in Clearwater. The opening reception and awards ceremony were held on Sunday, March 4th.

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Sutherland’s 4th and 5th Grade Chorus entertains a crowd at a Toronto Blue Jays spring training game on March 10th. Photo by Charles Gehring.

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Specialist, Mrs. Marudas, the Chorus entertained the crowd during what is becoming a popular annual engagement for Sutherland students and the Toronto Blue Jays during their tune-up games in March. The Chorus worked hard to prepare for this event, a Sutherland Chorus tradition of performing live in front of large audiences. Congratulations also go out to Emily, Elizabeth and Josh from Sutherland’s 5th Grade Chorus. They represented Sutherland in this year’s All-County Honors Chorus. The Pinellas All-County Honors Chorus, which is a 150-voice choir of 5th grade students from throughout the county, performed on Saturday, March 3rd at the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg.

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The Battle of the Books competition for 3rd through 5th grade levels is on April 26th. The final showdown between the grade level winners is on May 1st. Last year’s finalists were 3rd graders, so there is no telling who will emerge victorious. Good luck to everyone! ◆

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It is not May yet but we are blooming at PHMS! The Odyssey of the Mind won 1st place in the Region and will head to the state finals on April 14th. Our National History Fair won 1st, 3rd and 4th place in the District Competition. They will also head to the state competition. Jennifer Hu, an 8th grader, will be heading to state to compete in the Geography Bee. The artwork of Ashley Beach, Alexander Beackers, Leif Helland, Blake Lafita and Hannah Nelson will be on display at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center until April 9th. Their artwork was selected for the “Taking Shape-Pinellas County Grades 6-8” competition. The artwork of Danielle Rohter, Sydney Kirby and Megan Moots was on display at the Clearwater Main Library in March. They were selected for the 2012 Clearwater Arts Alliance “March is Youth Art Month” K-8 Student Art Exhibition. Congratulations! This month, PHMS expects our students to bloom when they take the FCAT Reading, Math and Science Tests on April 16th-27th. The students have been preparing for these tests and we believe they will do well. The 6th grade FCAT test will be computer based. This is a first for our school. In March, PHMS enjoyed two great events: “Pi (3.14159265)” Day and “Kick Butts-Say NO to Tobacco” Day. Each event had fun outdoor and

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hands-on activities for the students. These events were possible because of our fabulous PHMS volunteers. Have you considered volunteering? PHMS has student, adult and senior volunteers. In fact, Debbie Cusumano, outstanding adult volunteer and Guy Bono, outstanding senior volunteer do not have any children or relatives at our school. The PTSA, SAC, grade offices, classrooms and clubs could all use a helping hand. Volunteers must register with Pinellas County Schools. Contact Jackie Bersch at (727) 669-1146, ext. 2008 or or stop in the front office from 9am-1pm on Monday through Friday. Volunteer and make a difference in our future generation. Middle School is an exciting place to be! ◆

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North Pinellas Historical Museum Has New Hours by Robyn Poppick, Director Palm Harbor Historical Society


he Palm Harbor Historical Society is the nonprofit agency that acts as the caretaker and financial supporter of the North Pinellas Historical Museum which is located in the historic Hartley House located on the corners of Curlew and Belcher Roads. All operating funds are raised through the Society’s membership base and fundraisers. The Society is committed to preserving the history of

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“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Harold R. McAlindon

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4/7, Egg Hunt and Breakfast, 8-10:30am. Peter Cottontail arrives in Palm Harbor. I hope you can hop in for a great breakfast and Egg Hunt for kids 12 and under. Please check our website for the Egg Hunt times. 4/20, Dinner/Dance, 5-8pm. Come join us for a tribute to Simon and Garfunkel, followed by a Sock Hop. Dinner is served from 5-6pm and live entertainment will begin at 6pm. 4/27, Ice Cream Social, 2:30-3:30pm. Free ice cream for all that come and visit us. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Rec Center at (727) 771-6000 or visit the website at The Rec Center is located at 1500 16th Street.

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by Alexandra Cernkovic Family and Community Liaison Highland Lakes has always been known for School Spirit! Every Friday we all rally together and wear our school shirts. Just recently we dressed up on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd, to celebrate his books. Did you get to see Mrs. Samuels and Mrs. Fleisch handing out Dr. Seuss’ new book “The Lorax” to every class? What was really cool was how almost all the children dressed in their wackiest pajamas, silliest socks, tackiest ties and craziest hats. Thank you PTA for donating all the books! March 23rd our school participated in the American Heart Association “Jump Rope for Heart” event, which not only helps the children learn about the benefits of regular exercise, but also the value of giving back to the community and those in need. Highland Lakes Elementary School’s Annual PTA Spring Fling was postponed and will now take place on May 4th. Please volunteer to help. To be a volunteer you only need to fill out a registration form and hand it in with a copy of your driver’s license. The form can be found on the Pinellas County Schools website at or at the front office. A sign up sheet for Spring Fling will be out this month. Keep an eye out for information to come home in your child’s backpack. More FCAT testing is coming. April 16th-27th will be FCAT testing for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in

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Students and staff dress in their zaniest costumes to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Reading and Math, plus 5th Grade Science. Please help your children do well by making sure they have a great breakfast and have had plenty of sleep the night before. Thank you to all our business sponsors and thank you to all our classroom sponsors and classroom adoptions. It is with your help the children have been given exciting opportunities to go on field trips and for the teacher to buy needed things for their classrooms. Happy Spring! ◆

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PTA Board Meeting – Apr. 2nd 2nd Grade Musical – Apr. 10th National Volunteer Week – Apr. 15th - Apr. 21st FCAT Reading and Math for Grades 3, 4 & 5 – Apr. 16th - 20th Mid-Term Reports Sent Home – Apr. 20th FCAT Science for Grade 5 – Apr. 23rd - Apr. 25th Professional Learning Day, No School – Apr. 30th Highland Lakes Elementary School, Tijuana Baker, Principal, 1230 Highlands Blvd., Palm Harbor, (727) 724-1429.

ine cancer, the two made it their mission and passion to fight against this unfair disease. “My 7-year-old son is an amazing child that decided after last year’s relay event that we should have our own team. He said, ‘We need our own team and make Relay for Life even better!’ We hope to inspire others to join us in the fight against cancer,” commented Sharin. Sharin and Thomas plan to hold a Chinese auction, beverage and bake sale with games to help raise funds at the event. To find out more or to make a donation for the Scooby Do team visit ◆

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Celebrate National Library Week by Lisa Kothe Library Director It is a whole new world at your library. It certainly isn’t your mother’s library or even your own library circa five years ago with downloadable music from Freegal, eBooks from OverDrive, Mango Languages and programs galore! We have something for everyone from Baby and Me Storytime to Senior Computer Tutoring. Sign up for our listserv on our homepage at to receive updates of programs, events and to get our monthly newsletter electronically. Like us on Facebook! Celebrate with us in April. Visit us or any library in the county and place that book you want to read on hold! If you haven’t been here in a while check us out again. We would love to see you. To our loyal members, we thank you.

April Highlights

4/5, 3rd Annual National Poetry Month Celebration, 6pm. Join the celebration of the written word during National Poetry Month. Listen to talks given by poetry buffs, share a favorite poem or one of your own creation during the open mic session, play a round of the Surrealist poetry game “Exquisite Corpse” and enjoy refreshments. 4/9 & 4/13, Prep for the SAT: Study Tips and Strategies, Monday 6:30pm and Friday 5pm. Are you stressed about the SAT? Come listen as professional college tutors share tips and strategies to help you study more effectively. They will give you advice

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he City of Safety Harbor is now accepting applications for the 7th Annual Safety Harbor Citizens’ Academy. Academy sessions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm and will begin on May 8th at City Hall. The Citizens’ Academy will run for seven weeks and is limited to 20 people. Academy members are chosen on a first come, first served basis with preference given to Safety Harbor residents. Academy participants will tour key facilities, learn about the challenges facing future development, interact with City leaders and learn about the essential functions of their municipal government. Participants will also enjoy presentations from several community organizations that work in partnership with the City. Applications can be picked up at any City facil-

appraiser from page 4 provided is kept in confidence and is protected from public disclosure by Florida law. Income and Expense Returns are available on our website at If you opened or acquired a business in 2011 you must file your initial Tangible Personal Property (TPP) return with our office. In 2008, business owners with less than $25,000 in business assets became exempt from having to file a TPP tax return. To establish their right to the exemption, new business owners and those who purchase a business from a former owner must file a TPP Return to qualify for the exemption. If you already have the exemption, there is no need to reapply. Contact our TPP office at (727) 464-8488 for more information or to request an extension to file. ◆ Pam Dubov, Pinellas County Property Appraiser, P.O. Box 1957, Clearwater, (727) 464-3207.

Safety Harbor on how to target your study approach, resulting in better preparedness for the actual exam. 4/12, Kill-a-Watt Energy Efficiency Program, 6pm. UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension has teamed-up with Pinellas County Libraries to offer a fun and factual new energy conservation program. The goal of the Kill-a-Watt Campaign is to help Pinellas citizens monitor their home’s energy use to lower power bills. 4/14, Your Dreaming Mind, 1pm. Ever wonder about those beautiful, wacky, sometimes scary scenarios? They have powerful magic for you. Let author and dream wizard, Jan Golden teach you how to remember, record and use dreams to conquer fears and boost creativity! 4/15, Heart & Soul Cinema, 1:30pm. Join us for a screening of the 2005 drama “On A Clear Day”. Main character, Frank Redmond is unemployed and directionless until he decides to challenge himself by swimming the English Channel. 4/18, Movie: Enchanted, 2:30pm. A classic Disney fairytale lands in modern-day New York City when a storybook princess is thrust into present day Manhattan by an evil queen. 4/19, Everyday Civil War Soldier, 6:30pm. Take a trip into the past with Lt. Robert Anderson of the Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History as he recounts the challenges for a Civil War soldier. 4/25, Get Crafty at Your Library: Beaded Necklaces and Hand Painted Silk Scarves, 2pm. Make a lovely beaded necklace and hand painted silk scarf to compliment your wardrobe. Registration required. Tuesdays, Wee Sing with Ms. Music, 10am. Learn familiar songs with a twist! This fun-filled program incorporates foreign and sign language, music sticks and more for an interactive, musical learning experience. Ages 1-5. Wednesdays, Preschool Storytime, 10:3011:15am. Read stories, sing songs and participate in other wonderful literary activities. Ages 2-5. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 724-1525, ext. 112 or visit the website at The Library is located at 101 2nd Street North.

ity or downloaded at Applications need to be returned to the Safety Harbor Personnel Department at 750 Main Street, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 by April 13th. For more information contact Brad Purdy, Public Communications Manager at (727) 724-1555, ext. 404. ◆

Safety Harbor Kiwanis Student Of The Month


organ Grayston, a 5th grader at the Safety Harbor Elementary School, was honored for being Student of the Month for February. She was selected by her teacher Emily Chase who summed up Morgan with the words responsibility, respect, honesty and motivation. Her beautiful smile reflects on everything, while demonstrating her respect to peers and adults. She takes great pride in her high academics, dance and music by always doing her best. She is willing to take on any challenge regardless of the task. Kiwanis President Pam Corbino presented Morgan with her well-earned trophy. Parents, David and Deanna Grayston were acknowledged for having such a well-rounded child and their devotion to her academics. ◆

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wo members of the Safety Harbor Fire Department were honored at the February 20th City Commission Meeting in Safety Harbor. Firefighter/Paramedic Charles Russell received the 2011 Firefighter of the Year Award and Deputy Chief Tom Dundon took home 2011 Fire Officer of the Year. Charles, a former Fire Explorer with the Safety Harbor Fire Department, now menFirefighter/Paramedic Charles tors young men and Russell pictured with Safety Harbor Fire Chief Joe Accetta, women in the same left, and Mayor Andy Steingold. program he once par-

ticipated in. He also managed a citywide effort to restructure hydrant testing data in Safety Harbor. Firefighter/Paramedic Russell is also heavily involved in Safety Deputy Chief Tom Dundon Harbor’s Annual Santa pictured with Safety Harbor Tours, which brings Fire Chief Joe Accetta, left, and Mayor Andy Steingold. extra cheer to the children throughout Safety Harbor. Charles was hired in 2005. Deputy Chief Dundon has spent 25 years working his way through the ranks of the Safety Harbor Fire Department. Tom is the Fire Training Officer, Commander of “C” Shift and an active member of the Pinellas County Training Officers Group. He works tirelessly to improve fire training throughout Pinellas County ensuring that Safety Harbor and other county residents receive the best fire protection possible. For more information visit the City website at ◆ • Survivor Lap at 6:20pm • Luminaria Ceremony at 9pm • Closing Ceremony at noon the next day For more information, to sign up or make a donation visit and enter Safety Harbor in the Find Event search box. ◆

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by Diane L. Dove 6th Grade Teacher My husband was diagnosed at the young age of 44 with aggressive prostate cancer in 2009. We traveled to Massachusetts, New York and Illinois to meet with various doctors to determine the best therapy and treatment. We discovered there were multiple options to choose from and chose a new medical breakthrough treatment through the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He is almost three years cancer free! Relay for Life is an event that helps communities celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones we have lost and an opportunity to fight back against the disease. No matter who you are, there is a place for you at Relay. We need your help, as well as your donations. Each dollar that can be raised will help save lives. Reasons for walking in Relay for Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you. This is an opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. Please join us on April 27th. With your support, we can create a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life. • Opening Ceremony at 6pm

PMAC Meeting, 10:28am – Apr. 6th Chinese Club, 4:30pm – Apr. 6th Spanish Friendship Society, 8:55am – Apr. 12th Humanities Meeting, 4:15pm – Apr. 12th FCAT Testing – Apr. 16th - Apr. 27th Math Mania Competition – Apr. 28th Safety Harbor Middle School, Alison Kennedy, Principal, 901 First Ave. N., Safety Harbor, (727) 724-1400.


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Spring Has Sprung by Margie Prichard, CPRP Recreation Supervisor I love April in Florida! The weather is usually just about perfect. Like Goldilocks – not too hot, not too cold, but just right. If you enjoy being outside this is the month for you. Running in April always makes me smile as the humidity is still low enough to make it a pleasant experience. Plus, the month starts off with April Fools’ Day – how fun is that? Many of us have played little “tricks” on friends and family just because we can get away with it without too much grief. This month finishes up our first ever experience with a department intern. Amber Petchonka came to us in January from USF as an Exercise Science Major getting ready to graduate in May. She started a wellness program for City employees by introducing them to a weekly workout routine. She has also worked with our Gro Group, developmentally delayed adults who meet at the Community Center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and run a horticulture program on our back 40. (Stop by some morning from 10am-12pm and you will be pleasantly surprised by the great low prices and quality plants they have for sale.) We wish Amber well as she ends her senior year and heads off to graduate school. It was a learning experience for all of us but we are richer for having her here. Make sure to mark your calendars for our

by Cari Rupkalvis Library Director

The Gro Group takes a break from working with their plants. April events. You won’t be disappointed! We are also gearing up for summer camp with registration scheduled for Saturday, May 5th from 8am-12pm. Before we know it, summer will be upon us, so get out there and enjoy spring!

April Highlights

4/6, Talent Show, 7pm. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, $5. 4/7, Easter Eggstravaganza, 10am. Age appropriate egg hunts at the Sports Complex off Jasmine Ave. Petting zoo, pony rides, jump house and photos with the big bunny! Bring your Easter baskets. 4/12, Sunset Beach Concert, 7pm. April’s concert features the Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Ensemble. This is a free event but bring a little cash for refreshments. You can catch the shuttle bus at the high school and beat the crowds vying for parking spaces. Tuesdays, Youth Indoor Soccer, ages 8-11 from 6-7:30pm and ages 12-15 from 7:30-9pm. $5 per child per night at the gym for pick-up games. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Rec Department at (727) 942-5628 or visit the website at The Rec Department is located at 400 S. Walton Street.

This year marks the 125th birthday of the City of Tarpon Springs and the 15th anniversary of the Tarpon Springs Public Library at our current location on Lemon Street. A City Open House took place on Lemon Street last month commemorating these events. The Tarpon Springs Historical Society also held a 125th City of Tarpon Springs Anniversary Tea last month. More activities are planned in honor of the City’s birthday and will be posted on the City’s website at At the library in April, we are having a 15th Anniversary Celebration during National Library Week, a 15th Anniversary Friends of the Library Book Sale and other special programs. National Library Week is April 8th-14th. The library’s 15th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Wednesday, April 11th from 2-4pm in the Friends Room. Fun activities to be offered include crafts, games and face painting. Give-aways and refreshments will also be available. The Friends of the Library will have a membership table and anyone who signs up for a Friends membership during this event will receive a small gift. In addition, you will have an opportunity to view popular eBook readers and learn more about our downloadable eBooks, audiobooks and music. We hope you will stop by to enjoy the festivities.

During National Library Week, we will also host a special art exhibit by students from Tarpon Springs High School. The exhibit will be on display from Monday, April 9th through Friday, April 13th. You can meet the artists at the opening reception on Tuesday, April 10th from 7-8pm. This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The 15th Anniversary Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held at the library on April 27th and 28th. The hours on Friday will be from 10am-6pm and on Saturday from 10am-3pm. Great bargains will be available and proceeds will benefit the library. Some other special programs in April will include story times in Greek and Spanish. These bilingual story times for children are educational and entertaining. On Tuesday, April 17th at 3pm, we will have a bilingual story time in Greek and English. On Tuesday, April 24th at 10:30am, a bilingual story time in Spanish and English will be offered.

April Highlights

4/4 & 4/18, History Discussion Group, 1:30pm. Join us for a lively discussion on a variety of historical events and issues. 4/10, Opening Reception, 7-8pm. Come meet the artists for the Tarpon Springs High School National Art Honor Society and Senior Invitational Art Show. Refreshments will be served. 4/11, Library’s 15th Anniversary: Celebrating 15 Years on Lemon Street, 2-4pm. Stop by to enjoy crafts, face painting, refreshments and more. 4/17, Greek/English Bilingual Story Time, 3pm. Children’s program featuring songs and stories. 4/24, Spanish/English Bilingual Story Time, 10:30am. Join us with your child for “Cuenta Cuentos” with Boca Beth. 4/27 & 4/28, Friends of the Library Book Sale, Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes, call the Library at (727) 943-4922 or visit the website at The Library is located at 138 E. Lemon Street.

Tarpon Spring Recreation Department Spring Programs EXERCISE Jazzercise Mon/Wed/Fri, 6pm Tues & Thurs, 9am Saturday, 9:15am - $36/Month Boot Camp Mon - Fri, 6am - $30/Month Cardio Kick Boxing Tues & Thurs, 6:30pm Saturday, 9:45am - $30/Month Yoga - $10/Class Tues, 6:30pm - Community Center Saturday, 9am - Sunset Beach Zumba Tues & Thurs, 5:25pm - $6/Class

KID STUFF Cheerleading Fri, 6pm - $6/Week Tae Kwon Do Mon & Wed, 6:30pm, Saturday, 8:30am - $80/Month & Uniform Pre-K Ballet (Ages 3-5) Mon, 4:30pm - $20/Month Beginning Ballet Wed, 4:30pm - $20/Month Beginning Jazz Fri, 4:30pm - $20/Month Indoor Youth Soccer (Ages 8-15) Tues, 6pm - $5/Kid


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HOBBIES Oil Painting Thurs, 9am - $48/Month Open Painting Wed, 9am - $5/Class Ceramics Wed, 9am - $3/Class Bridge Lessons Wed, 10am - $25/Month Mah Jongg Class Thurs, 1pm - $25/Month Swedish Weaving Fri, 9am - $2/Class Writers Workshop Tues, 10am - $40/Month

ATHLETICS Men’s Softball Mon, 6:30pm - $400/Team Co-Ed Softball League Fri, 6:30pm - $200/Team Co-Ed Volleyball League Mon, 6:30pm Men’s Basketball League Tues, 6:30pm - $300/Team Track Club Wed, 5:30am - $30/Month

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SPECIAL EVENTS Sunset Beach Concert Thursday, April 12th, 7pm

Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Ensemble FREE! Bring your chairs. Sponsored by Sun Toyota

Annual Talent Show Friday, April 6th, 7pm

Performing Arts Auditorium. Tickets $5. Buy your tickets early, we sell out!

Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 7th, 10am

Bring your Easter Baskets for the egg hunts starting promptly at 10am by age group. We’ll have a jump house, coloring contest and photos with the Easter Bunny at the Sports Complex on Jasmine Ave. (by Discovery Playground)

Summer Camp Sign-Up Open to residents of Tarpon Springs

Saturday, May 5th Doors open at 8am Children 1st - 8th grades Camp Hours are 7:30am - 5:30pm $400 for 8 Weeks (June 11th-August 3rd) Limited spaces available!

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March was bursting at the seams with excitement! Coach Carlos Melvin was recognized as Tarpon Fundamental’s Outstanding Educator of the Year! Celebrating his 30th year teaching, Coach was recognized for his contributions to generations of students. Topping off the celebrations were the annual field day events. The last two days before Spring Break students showed off their athletic talents in various events while their peers, previous students, siblings and other family members gathered on the sidelines to cheer them on! The March Paw-ssembly also received an outpouring of cheers as students were recognized for their honors and awards both at school and in the community. This particular assembly also kicked off Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which is known as “Read Across America Day” for students. All classrooms participated in activities that corresponded with “The Lorax” which was written by Dr. Seuss and recently made into a movie. Also presented at the assembly was an inspiring speech by 4th grader Amni Austin. She spoke about making a difference in the community and her words were heard loud and clear by all students! Is that Lego Land? was just the cafeteria at Tarpon Fundamental on Friday, March 2nd. With Legos covering the tables that could only mean one thing, the All Pro Dad’s Lego Breakfast! Students and their fathers enjoyed building Lego creations together. Also adding some excitement to March, the

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ing our first anniversary, it has gone so fast! If it has been a while since you have been to Tarpon Springs or have visitors coming in, come by and we will load you up with valuable information from our businesses, our new Visitor Guide and maps. The weather is beautiful and there is so much to do. Our restaurants are the best in the area and we have some new ones for you to enjoy. We invite you to come up for dinner, the whole day by Sue Thomas or the weekend. Tarpon Springs Chamber President Music on the Beach is back on the third Thursday of every month at Sunset Beach with I would, first, like to great bands, snacks and a great time. Bring your thank our Art Show Com- own picnic and chairs but no pets or alcohol. Conmittee, all of the volun- cessions will be available. teers and everyone As well, Night in the Iswho came to the lands is back the first Saturday We have a lot 38th Annual Fine of each month at the Sponge Arts Festival. You Docks. Dine with our great resmore to offer. all helped us make taurants under the stars and this show a tremendous listen to Greek music, dance the Greek dances and success and we appreciate visit the shops – just like they do in Greece! it more than you know. To find out what is happening in the TarEven though the Fine Arts Festival is over (hope- pon Springs area visit the City website at fully, you were able to join us), we have a lot more to, the Chamber of Commerce website offer. We have several new stores and art galleries on at or the RecTarpon Ave., as well as the Sponge Docks. reation Center website at Last year, the Chamber of Commerce teamed Also, check the Chamber of Commerce updates on up with the Tarpon Springs Art Association to open Facebook. ◆ Artists’ Faire, an art gallery and gift shop on Tarpon Ave., just west of the Zone Lounge. We hoped Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, it would be the first of many and immediately Lisa 111 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 937-6109, Sibley opened her photo studio next door, so we got our wish! It is hard to believe we are now celebrat- Hours of Service: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

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The Springtime Fun In Tarpon Springs Continues

Welcome back to our students and faculty from a great Spring Break! We are ready to continue our wonderful school year here at Sunset Hills Elementary School. We would like to thank all that were involved in our PTA sponsored “Love of Books” book drive. Many books were donated to help build our classroom libraries. We would also like to thank our wonderful P.E. staff and volunteers for making such a great success of our 2012 Field Day. This day was a showcase of our students’ athletic abilities, as well as a fun day of sportsmanship for everyone who participated. We would like to congratulate all of our Commitment to Character students of the month. Their commitment to character is an awesome achievement. All students were presented with gift certificates from local businesses as a celebration for being such great role models for their peers. As we continue with the school year, there are still many volunteer opportunities available. Email or contact Becky Coughlan, Family Liaison at (727) 942-5523, ext. 2003 for information. Your help is greatly appreciated. We wish you all a very Happy Easter...Kalo Pasha! ◆

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ue to the over whelming response for community events and club happenings club and special event information must be submitted each and every month. The deadline is always the 12th of the month for the following month’s publication. Email your information to: Ongoing thru April, Nature’s Food Patch Celebrates 25 Years of good food, good health & good people! Nature’s Food Patch hosts free seminars for health and wellness. For a complete list of seminars visit 4/3, The Pinellas Opera League Luncheon Meeting, 11am. Dunedin Country Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin. Call (727) 738-4007. 4/7, West Lake Village Spring Fest, Craft Fair & Egg Hunt, 11am-5pm. Kids activities, family friendly food vendors, live music. Located at Community Commons Area, 810 Village Way, Palm Harbor. FREE admission and kids activities. For more information call (727) 744-6334. 4/15, Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay, Peter Summers will present a program on “Getting the Most out of the National Archives Website”, 2pm. Meets at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. For information call (727) 343-1652. 4/17, Clearwater Garden Club, 6:30pm. Linda Nash Stevenson, DOM Herbalist & Acupuncture Physician at Lifeforce Acupuncture Center, will be demonstrating “The Basics of Flower Essences”. 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. Call (727) 365-8574. 4/18, The West Pasco County Genealogical Society Meeting, 2pm. The 2pm Meeting will include installation of new officers and a round table session on genealogy software. Prior to the regular meeting, a mini seminar will be held at noon on utilizing church records in genealogy. There is a $5 member and $7 non-member charge for the miniseminar and reservations are suggested. Faith Lutheran Church, 5443 Sunset Rd., New Port Richey. Reservations are suggested. Call (727) 271-0770. 4/21, “Passport to the World”, The annual fundraiser to benefit those in need in our community. 6:30-10pm. Presented by The Shepherd Center of Tarpon Springs. Spanos Community Center, 348 N. Pinellas Avenue in Tarpon Springs. This event will include an all-you-can eat buffet dinner, dancing, entertainment and silent auction. The Emcee for the evening will be Dennis Phillips, Meteorologist for ABC Action News. Tickets are available at the Shepherd Center ($50 each), 780 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 939-1400 or visit 4/21, “Margaritaville in the Tropics”, A Benefit For All Children’s Hospital, 6-10pm. Waterside Cafe of Nielson, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar. Call Faye Rasanen at (727) 808-0870. 4/28, Children & Family Food Run, Benefitting F.E.A.S.T. of Palm Harbor. Kick stands up at 11am. Starting at Bolton Eagles, 8715 Bolton Ave., Hudson and ending at Palm Harbor Eagles 4408, 38555 US 19 N., Palm Harbor. $15 donation per bike or vehicle or canned food of equal or greater

Community Calendar value. For more information call Captain Gene at (727) 463-1229 or email 4/29, “Opera On A Sunday Afternoon”, 1:30pm. The Pinellas Opera League will be showing the dvd, “La Boheme” by Puccini at The Seminole Community Library, at St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus, located at 9200 113th St., Seminole. $3 donation. Call (727) 394-6905. The Pasco County Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers two types of support group meetings each month, one for family and friends of those with mental illness, and one for consumers (those with mental illness). For locations and times call (727) 992-9653. Every Sunday, Scottish Country Dancing, 6-9:30pm. Beg/Exp, Singles welcome. Scottish American Hall, Dunedin. Free for first time. Call (813) 962-4624 or (727) 787-3805. Every Monday (except holidays), Nar-Anon for families and friends of those affected addiction, 10am & 7pm. Crystal Beach/Palm Harbor. Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave. (Off Alt. 19 - 2 blocks S. of Alderman). Every 3rd Monday, Caladesi Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 12:30pm. Friendship Hall, 421 Main St., Dunedin.

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cannot be accepted if it is not signed – and the signature must match the voter’s signature on file. If the signature matches, the ballot is accepted and stored in a secure ballot locker until ballots are opened, which state law allows beginning 15 days prior to an election. If a ballot envelope is not signed or if the signature comparison is questionable, the ballot is set aside for review by the county canvassing board. Elections staff make every effort to obtain a signature update from any voter whose signature is questionable. Signature updates can be made year-round but must be received before ballots are canvassed in order to be valid for that election. The county canvassing board also uses signature comparisons to confirm the identity of voters required to vote provisional ballots. However, there are times when other criteria are considered in de-

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Saturday, April 14th 10am, Juniper, lively Celtic jigs and folk music. 12pm, Royal Hawaiian Review Dancers, authentic costumes and choreography of the Aloha State. 1pm, Panakolada, island music on steel drums with Ric and Etsuko. 3pm, Ron and the Classics, always popular for their California Coast music and oldies. Sunday, April 15th 10:30am, Emmet Bondurant, lively Scottish reels on bagpipes. 11am, Mark Mann, kick back to Buffet style music from Key West. 12:30pm, Stephen Scariff Irish Dancers entertain with Irish jigs and dances. 1pm, Slickside Band, a local favorite playing with a diverse array of classics and jazz. Many exciting activities are also planned for the beach. There will be two days of kayak, canoe, paddle board and outrigger races which include the Sharkbite Challenge. Demonstrations will be held both days with everything from paddle fishing to surfskiing! Entry to the event is free with paid park admission. Island Earth Days is organized by Friends of the Island Parks, Inc., the non-profit community group which supports Honeymoon and Caladesi Island State Parks with volunteer assistance and fundraising. For more information call (727) 738-2903 or visit Honeymoon Island State Park is located at the west end of the Dunedin Causeway. ◆

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2nd and 4th Wednesdays, Tarpon Talkers Toastmasters, 6:30pm. St. Petersburg College, Klosterman Rd. Call (727) 942-9008. Every 3rd Wednesday Sept. thru May, Bay Bouquet Garden Club, 11am. Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Call (727) 447-7805. Every Thursday, Genealogy Assistance, 1-3pm. Help with ancestry research. Study Room 4 Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Every Thursday, Recovery International, Struggling with anxiety or depression, 7:30pm. 1812 North Highland Ave. Call (727) 942-9008. Every 2nd Thursday, The Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin, 11:30am. Dunedin Golf Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin. For reservations, please call Barbara Howell at (727) 734-0733. Every 2nd Friday, January, March, and May, 12pm. Berkeley Plantation Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century. Meetings are held at 1600 Main St., Dunedin. For more information call (727) 531-2100. Every 2nd Saturday, Upper Pinellas Singles (50+), 6pm. Picnic on Dunedin Causeway. All singles welcome. No reservations. Call (727) 796-8188. ◆ For more information contact the club listed.

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Any Woman age 18+ who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American revolution is eligible to become a member. Call (727) 733-5383. Every Tuesday (except holidays), Nar-Anon for families and friends of those affected by addiction, 8pm. First United Methodist Church, 421 Main St., Education Building - 2nd Floor. Every Tuesday, Upper Pinellas Singles (50+), 6pm. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 750 San Salvador, Dunedin. Call (727) 796-8188. Every Tuesday, Recovery International, Struggling with anxiety or depression, 1pm. 475 East Lake Rd., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 942-4095. 1st, 3rd, & 5th Tuesdays, Toastmasters, Tampa Bay Women Speakers, 6:30-8pm. Meets at On Top of the World, 2069 World Parkway Blvd., East, Clearwater. For information call (727) 485-5870 or visit Every 2nd Tuesday, Clearwater/St. Petersburg Ski & Sports Club, 6:30pm. Monthly social from September thru May. A light meal/appetizers are provided. Thirsty Marlin, 351 West Bay Drive, Largo. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, The Palm Harbor Lions Club, 7pm. Tiffany’s Family Restaurant, 3500 US 19 N., Palm Harbor. Learn more about the world’s largest service organization at

Lorenzo Rodriguez, international speaker, practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, helped people with disabilities find employment before becoming a Christian Science prayer-based healer.

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sheriff from page 3 continue to successfully fulfill our primary responsibility of keeping the community safe. Another measure of our success over the last year is the 100 percent closure rate on the homicide cases investigated by the Sheriff’s Office. Of the 14 murders investigated by our detectives in 2011, all were closed and solved. It is well worth mentioning that in 2010 all homicides were solved as well. The numbers are a credit to the hard work and dedication of the members of this agency, whose performance has been commendable during these changing and challenging times. In the midst of these tough budgetary times, we have sought to restructure this agency while maintaining a clear focus on the efficient delivery of public safety services. We have become a leaner organization, redeployed our resources and developed new ways of doing business. Agency members have taken on more responsibility. We are aggressively targeting hot spots and using proactive law enforcement strategies. We have created a Strategic Enforcement Section; and are making efficient use of an intelligence-led policing model in order

tarpon tigers from page 17 Green Team, our recycling club, went on a field trip to the Pinellas County Recycling Plant. Mrs. Sundholm and Ms. Lovequist lead our environmentalists on a truly eye-opening adventure.

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On May 4th, Coach Melvin will throw out the first pitch at the Clearwater Threshers game at Bright House Field in Clearwater in honor of his 30 years of teaching. Tickets to the game, which include an all-you-can-eat buffet, are $17 and will be sold at the school and at the gate. The Threshers will

termining a voter’s eligibility – such as whether or not he/she voted in the correct precinct. Signatures must also be verified against the voter’s signature on file for a candidate or initiative petition to be counted, provided it is signed by an eligible registered voter. Signature updates can be made on a Voter Registration Application, available at any public library or driver license office. Be sure to check the “Signature Update” box in the top row, complete all required sections and sign the application. Applications are also available online at Completed applications may be returned to any Supervisor of Elections office, public library or driver license office or mailed to the Supervisor of Elections at 13001 Starkey Road, Largo, FL 33773. ◆ Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark is available at (727) 464-VOTE or to actively seek out crime, establish patterns, pinpoint trends, make predictions and prevent crime. We have also dedicated resources to public education efforts. One such example is our Vehicle Burglary Prevention Program, in which deputies check for unlocked vehicles, make the vehicle owners aware and encourage them to lock their doors, thereby eliminating the crime of opportunity. I am proud of the members who have so successfully implemented these various approaches to fighting crime for the benefit of all Pinellas County residents and I am convinced that all of these strategies have allowed us to make a difference as reflected in the FDLE report numbers. While we are pleased with the significant decrease in serious offenses, by no means is our work complete. We will not be satisfied unless we continue to push the numbers down even further this year, the next and so on. We will do so by remaining committed to finding new and effective ways to fight crime and make Pinellas County a safer place to live and work. ◆ Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is available at (727) 582-6200, fax (727) 582-6459. give $5 for every ticket sold back to the school. ◆

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SAC Meeting, 5:30pm – Apr. 3rd PTA Board Meeting, 6:30pm – Apr. 3rd 5th Grade Cap and Gown Pictures – Apr. 4th PTA Meeting Spring Concert for K-2, 7pm – Apr. 10th FCAT for Grades 3, 4 & 5 – Apr. 16th - Apr. 27th Paw-ssembly, 8:15am – Apr. 27th Professional Learning Day, No School – Apr. 30th Tarpon Springs Fundamental, Dr. Elaine K. Meils, Principal, 400 E. Harrison Street, Tarpon Springs, (727) 943-5508.

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Redfish Schools Return Captain Stewart Ames Gone Fishing Charters of Crystal Beach As Spring approaches, inshore anglers eagerly anticipate the return of larger schools of redfish. Warmer waters and higher tides seem to be the triggers for the increase in fish numbers. After working hard all winter to find a few fish here and there, the real possibility again exists to get on a school of fish where dozens of slot fish might be landed in just a few hours of fishing. While shrimp has been the absolute bait choice over the last few months, whitebait, cut mullet and ladyfish, pinfish and other baits now come back into play. The reason for this is twofold. First, larger redfish are more willing to eat a broad

Redfish are aggressive feeders, as evidenced by this healthy specimen that ate both anglers baits at the same time. range of baits and there are now more of these larger fish around. Second, fish eat what they expect to see and pinfish, whitebait and a variety of other fish baits are now more abundant. Another important aspect of bait is that it is


Are You Afraid Of The Dentist? by Dr. Carver Little Dunedin Family Dentistry At Dunedin Family Dentistry we understand that choosing a dental care provider can be an unnerving process. Our office focuses unwaveringly on providing the best care for our patients in a comfortable, professional and friendly environment. Are you afraid of the dentist? Have you had bad experiences in the past? Do you find it hard to take time out of a busy workday for a dental appointment? For many people the answer to all these questions is yes. You can trust Dunedin Family Dentistry to cater to you. Our caring team takes time to get to know each patient. We take time to build a personal relationship so that your treatment can be tailored to your specific needs. We offer convenient hours before and after work; we are open until 8pm. With a combined 30 years experience in practice and memberships in the American Dental Association, the West Coast District Dental Association, the Hillsborough County Dental Research Clinic and the Academy of General Dentistry, you can trust Dr. Pitts and Dr. Little’s expertise to provide you and your family with the best dental care possible.

Capt. Ames landed this 28 inch redfish after it inhaled a large chunk of fresh cut pinfish. best to use one that will cast a long distance and have some staying power...that is to say, can’t be picked off by the pinfish. Medium sized pinfish as well as chunks of mullet or ladyfish are all tough baits that won’t quickly succumb to the pesky pinfish...important because these baits can now sit out in an area long enough for a redfish to home in on it. Their heavier weight also allows them to be cast a long way away from the boat, allowing the angler to keep some distance between the boat and a spooky redfish school up on a flat. Cut baits can be rigged either with split shots or no weight at all as they will cast well and hold their position on a flat either way. Live baits such as pinfish, shrimp and whitebait are often best deployed with a bobber, both to keep them out of the grass as well as to allow them to drift over a larger area. For the artificial lure enthusiast, casting a gold spoon or a Berkley Gulp Swim Shad on a 1/8 ounce jig head can be highly effective. Both baits allow an angler to cover a large area rather quickly. Once a redfish is caught, subsequent casts should be sent back into same area to verify whether a school of fish is present or not. Whatever bait is chosen; rest assured that when a healthy redfish finds it, a jarring strike and a dogged battle will follow. The best news of all is that fishing for these bronze battlers will only get better as spring moves toward summer. Good luck and good fishing. ◆ Captain Stewart Ames is available at (727) 421-5291 or

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Opera Tampa Presents Aida


ida, Giuseppe Verdi’s grandest of grand operas, will be presented in the Straz Center’s Carol Morsani Hall on April 20th and 22nd as part of the Opera Tampa season. The opera tells the story of Aida, princess of Ethiopia, captured and brought into slavery in Egypt. Radames, a high ranking military commander, is torn by his love for Aida and his duty to the Pharaoh, with tragic consequences for both. First performed in Cairo in 1871, Aida has come to be the most popular of all of Verdi’s operas and one of the most loved of all Italian lyric dramas. The gorgeousness of the coloring in its pictures, the kaleidoscopic succession of brilliant scenes, the ballets, processions, the glitter of court life and “the pomp, the pride, the circumstance of war” unite

peter t. assimack from page 1 Snook, Redfish and Trout in each division, receive a unique stainless steel trophy representing each species and a Mercury outboard engine. All in all, the tournament averages giving back close to $20,000 in cash and prizes to the anglers. The Peter T. Assimack Memorial Fishing Tournament evolved into a stand-alone tournament with the same objective to make fishing a family event, introduce kids to the sport and for the sole purpose of funding the Peter T. Assimack Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fully accredited notfor-profit fund was created to memorialize Peter’s memory by continuing what had been a significant involvement with the youth of the Tarpon Springs community, through the funding of the scholarship fund. The scholarship fund, which began 13 years ago, receives 100 percent of the proceeds from the tournament. Initially only one scholarship of $1000 was awarded. Last year, seven scholarships of $4000 each were awarded. All in all, the tourna-

with its music to make it an opera for the people as well as for the more conservative connoisseur. Aida will showcase a stunning international cast, as well as the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus. In his final appearance as Opera Tampa’s founding artistic director, Maestro Anton Coppola conducts a company that features Rosa D’Imperio as Aida, Gustavo Lopez Manzitti as Radames and Stacey Rishoi as Amneris, as well as Gustav Andreassen as Ramfis, George Cordes as the King of Egypt and Mark S. Doss as Ethiopian King Amonasro. Joachim Schamberger will direct the production. Aida will be sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Performances are Friday, April 20th at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 22nd at 2pm. Tickets start at $29.50 and may be purchased by calling (813) 229-STAR (7827) or (800) 955-1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center ticket office or online at For more information about Opera Tampa and its upcoming events visit ◆

ment has given 44 scholarships to Tarpon High students in the amount of about $100,000. The tournament is staffed solely by volunteers dedicated to producing an outstanding event and continuing Peter’s legacy of contributing to Peter T. Assimack enjoying the community through his time on the water. the scholarship fund. If you would like to join the tournament, make a donation or if you would like additional information visit the website at or call (727) 938-1101. It is through your participation and contributions that the Peter T. Assimack Fishing Tournament will continue to help deserving students and continue Peter’s legacy. Come and join in the fun and festivities. It is a great time and a worthwhile cause should any of us need an excuse to fish another day! ◆

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