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ne of Clearwater’s signature and most beloved events, the Clearwater Seafood and Blues Festival (Sea-Blues), returns to Coachman Park on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th. The popularity of this event continues to appeal to thousands and gives residents and visitors a chance to see nationally established and emerging bands as they pump out some of their best blues-inspired tunes. The SeaBlues Festival kicks-off with a pre-celebration on the evening of Friday, February 17th with the Blues Walk in Downtown Clearwater which will include music, food, drinks and all the charm the Cleveland Street District has to offer. Walter Trout will headline Sunday’s talented lineup. Headlining Saturday’s day


unedin Parks & Recreation has on Friday, February 17th at 10am just installed a new “Fit Zone” at Weaver Park. Fitness specialist, at Weaver Park located at 1258 Rob Mirlenbrink, will be on hand Bayshore Blvd. in Dunedin. This to talk about the equipment and fun and exciting outdoor exercise give demonstrations. The Fit Zone equipment is free, simple to use, includes 11 different units that tarencourages people to work out get the biceps, triceps, shoulders, together and is available nearly any chest, back and core. Some units can time of the day. Thanks to a generaccommodate multiple users and ous donation from the Kiwanis Club some are specifically designed for Enjoy an outdoor workout at the newly installed of Dunedin and the Florida Departuse with wheelchairs. Kiwanis “Fit Zone” at Weaver Park. ment of Health, you can experience For additional information about a fun and unique way to exercise and get outdoors. the new Fit Zone contact the Dunedin Parks & Recreation Join Dunedin staff members for a dedication ceremony Department at (727) 812-4531. ◆

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of music, fun and food will be JJ Grey & Mofro. This Southern rock, funky, blues band is no stranger to entertaining thousands, playing at some of the largest festivals worldwide, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Fuji Rock in Japan and more. Jamming out on stage that day will also be The Record Company, a three-man American blues-rock band influenced by the music of the legendary Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker and punk-rock band The Stooges. The Congress, The Sheepdogs, Bear & Robert and local favorite, The Ries Brothers will also entertain the crowd on Saturday. American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Walter Trout will headline Sunday’s entertainment. Trout is a three-time winner of the Overseas Artist of the Year title at the British Blues Awards and a three-time Blues Music Awards nominee. American blues musician and slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth and American guitarist, singer, producer and songwriter Mike Zito will also jam out on Sunday. Completing Sunday’s lineup will be Selwyn Birchwood,

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Pinellas County Is Seeking Your Input by Dave Eggers Pinellas County Commissioner This is your county and whether or not you live in a City or in the Pinellas Community (otherwise known as unincorporated Pinellas), you have much to enjoy, much to work for and much to appreciate. With little control over the national landscape, you can truly make a difference right here and right now, an effort that helps others, helps your community and protects your backyard. I ask you that you “tithe” your emotions and interests, by giving some of your time and your energy back to your community somehow. Most of you do just that in a variety of ways, but please engage enough to understand critical issues needing your attention that are right around the corner! There is nothing more taken for granted than all of our infrastructure, until a part of it fails. There was a Wastewater Task Force meeting held in late January, continuing the countywide discussion on commitment and consistency in approach to the wastewater problems that have been prominent in the news about St. Petersburg. When you go to the polls in November 2017 to decide whether or not you want the Penny for Pinellas to renew for another 10 years (2020-2030), please understand that the vote is about infra-

From Your Local Officials structure, public safety, economic development and keeping the millage rate as stable as possible. The cities and county will be showing you accomplishments and plans for that ten year period. Let us know how you feel. If you have a group that would like a presentation, let my office know and we will reach out to staff to do just that. Economic development is such a broad brushed term that is better defined as improving access to more and better jobs. There are efforts to attract and retain large businesses in Pinellas County and in the region. In early 2017, our Economic Development Group will be presenting a look under the canvas of their activities, so that each one of us and all of you have a more transparent look at what they do. My hope is that they remember small business and what they do proactively (entrepreneurially) to help a business open, to survive and to indeed flourish. I am certain that small business makes up for a majority of jobs provided in our country. We need all kinds of jobs here in this county and you have a say in what we do to ensure that you, your kids and grandkids have opportunities to raise a family right here in the Tampa Bay area. Closer to home, you have had an opportunity to weigh in on quality of life issues, specifically code revision priorities. Over a year ago, the Commission agreed to ask staff to review our comp plan and to specifically look at our codes to see if any changes were necessary. Sometime in the first half of this year, we will look at some of those recommendations and possibly make some tweaks to accommodate changing preferences. There won’t be many changes, but it will be your chance to let us know how you feel. One such example, might be creating some restrictions in the Pinellas Community areas (not protected by HOA governance) that currently allow large RV’s to be parked in the front yard. Currently, a 40 foot RV can be parked in the front yard perpendicular or parallel to the road,

including in the setback areas next to your neighbor’s home. Now, I know that allowance will not be completely eliminated, but some common sense might need to prevail on some of our smaller lots. Please weigh in at the appropriate time. By the way, the Council of North County Neighborhoods (CNCN) is an organization that has HOA’s as members and works to protect them by having open communication with the County Commission. Their website is available at With respect to our very diverse culture, embrace our African-American brothers and sis-

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District Highlights by Eileen Long Pinellas County School Board I would like to start by highlighting some exciting news in District 4. Kevin Ford, Band Director at Tarpon Springs High School, has received the Yamaha Master Music Educator Award. Mr. Ford is very deserving of such a prestigious award. I admire and thank Mr. Ford for his dedication to our students and his ability to instill the love of music in our youth. I am also excited to celebrate David Melnick, Food Service Manager of Lake St. George Elementary, for receiving the Support Employee of the Year. Susan Schermerhorn of Tarpon Springs Middle, also a Food Service Manager, and Gary Nottke, Head Plant Operator at San Jose Elementary, were in the top 10. The District can also be proud that we increased in the graduation rate in Pinellas County to 80.7 percent. With this increase, we have kept

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lection officials are required to update their entire voter lists a minimum of each odd-numbered year. One of three options may be used to satisfy this legal requirement: 1.) mailing notices to all registered voters who have not voted, requested a ballot or updated their registration records in the past two years; 2.) identifying registered voters whose addresses may have changed through change-ofaddress information provided by the United States Postal Service or 3.) mailing Voter Information Cards to all registered voters in the county. However, address list maintenance continues

ters and help celebrate African-American History Month. Finally, with deep sadness, we laid to rest Ray Neri, an activist in the Lealman Community and Mayor James Lawrence of Indian Shores, who gave of themselves to improve quality of life for their community. We have an incredible county, so enjoy and participate by donating some of your time and energy to making us even better. ◆ Dave Eggers is available at (727) 464-3276 or by email at

up with the state average. African-Americans, Hispanics and ESE students have all seen gains. I want to send out a huge thank you to our teachers, support staff and parents for their dedication and hard work. Just as important is the effort and commitment our students have made to their education. There is still more work ahead but we are moving in a positive direction. I made a campaign promise to be more visible in the schools and community. To that end, I have started my school visits. I have been sitting down with the administrators at each school to get input on how they feel about the policies in place. I ask them to show me around the school and then make myself available to the staff to listen to any concerns and answer any questions. Next month, I will begin writing about the exciting things that I am seeing and try to showcase the schools I have visited that month. I have also been asked to attend SAC and PTA meetings so parents can get to know me and ask me questions directly. I encourage members of the community to get involved with our schools. We are always looking for volunteers and mentors. If you have concerns or need someone to help you get involved with our schools, feel free to contact me and I will assist you anyway I can. By working together, we can make Pinellas County Schools even more successful. ◆ Eileen Long is available at or (727) 488-1318. School District office (727) 588-6000.

year-round as the Supervisor of Elections receives mail returned undeliverable from the Post Office or receives address updates from third-party sources. As part of these ongoing activities, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections conducted address voter list maintenance in January with the following results: • 15,376 voters changed from active to inactive status • 823 address confirmation requests were mailed the week of January 9th • 814 address confirmation final notices were mailed the week of January 9th List maintenance procedures are outlined in section 98.065 of the State of Florida’s Election Laws, which is available as a publication in PDF format at under Forms and Publications. For updated voter totals in Pinellas County go to ◆ -


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Take Advantage Of Property Tax Exemptions by Mike Twitty Pinellas County Property Appraiser If you own and occupy a home as your permanent residence you can lower your property taxes by applying for one or more property tax exemptions. Even if you have owned your home for some time, there may be additional exemptions or a discount available to you. The most familiar benefit is the Homestead Exemption, which saves most homeowners about $500-$800 on property taxes each year. To qualify, you must own and occupy your property, making it your permanent residence as of January 1st, possess a Florida driver license or Florida ID, Florida automobile registration (if applicable), and if you vote, a Pinellas County voter ID. You must relinquish any residency based property tax benefit you or your spouse claim in another county or state. Other exemptions include Widow/Widower;

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Importance Of Voter Outreach And Education by Deborah Clark Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Voter outreach and education is a key component to any successful election. Our staff makes every effort to attend as many community and school events as possible each year to offer voters access to voter registration and a chance to learn more about the voting process. In 2016, we participated in more than 350 voter education/outreach events throughout Pinellas County. Having a knowledgeable Election Ambassador on site at events allows us the opportunity to speak to voters face-to-face and answer questions,


From Your Local Officials Total and Permanent Disability (with income limitations); Service-Connected Total and Permanent Disability and Surviving Spouse; Veteran’s Disability and Surviving Spouse; Disability; Blind Persons; Surviving Spouse of a Veteran or First Responder who died in the line of duty and Low Income Senior. All exemptions renew automatically, unless they are income based or are under review. Florida Statute 196.075(5) authorizes our office to audit the eligibility of a random sample of Low Income Senior applicants to ensure the accuracy of the household income reported. Approximately 1,500 seniors will be notified by January 31st that they must reapply and will receive an application and information about how to renew. Each exemption has its own set of qualifications and most require you to provide supporting documentation. If you have any questions on exemption qualifications or need to know what information to provide, call our office at (727) 464-3294 or visit us online at The deadline to apply for all exemptions is March 1st. If you do not have all of the required information available, e.g., if you are applying for the Veteran’s discount but are waiting on a response from the Veterans Administration, apply for the exemption by March 1st anyway. We will accept the supporting documents after the deadline. You can apply online at or come to one of our four offices within Pinellas County. ◆ Mike Twitty is available at, P.O. Box 1957, Clearwater or (727) 464-3207.

while providing any necessary information. In addition to being present at community events, we also recognize the importance of educating Pinellas County’s future voters. This past year, we made 39 visits to schools at all levels throughout the county – elementary, middle and high schools. In total, we registered to vote more than 1,400 students and nearly 12,000 students used “real” election equipment for mock elections. We also presented our Vote in Honor of a Vet program at 12 senior high schools. This program encourages voter participation among our senior high school voting-age population and teaches them about the sacrifices our veterans have made so that we may continue to live in a representative democracy. We appreciate all of our community partners who invited us to participate in their events, recognizing the importance of voter education and outreach. If you are hosting an event and would like to offer your attendees the opportunity to register to vote or update their voter registration information, contact our Voter Education Department at or call (727) 464-5700. ◆

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The Sheriff’s Beat by Bob Gualtieri Pinellas County Sheriff People make mistakes. They do stupid things. Sometimes, they make bad choices because they are down on their luck and don’t feel they have another option. It is important to realize there is a big difference between people who do bad things to purposefully hurt others and good people who make an error in judgment because they are young, immature or in a bad situation. In Pinellas County, time and again, we see people make mistakes, get convicted, serve time or pay large fines, and ultimately, leave with criminal records that haunt them all their lives. This is especially true today due to the ready availability of information from websites, like those that provide mugshots regardless of the offense. After much discussion and planning, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has decided that simply because people do something wrong doesn’t necessarily mean they should be saddled with undue repercussions the rest of their lives. In October, we initiated an Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program that aims to prevent small errors from keeping people from getting a job or stable housing. The program’s most important aspect is its provision of an alternative to making an arrest for law enforcement. Instead, if a person meets certain criteria, he/she can avoid a police record, stay out of the criminal justice system and modify future behavior, while lessening the number of people fill-

ing our jails and prisons. The criteria that must be met are critically important. The person must take responsibility for his/her actions, agree to make restitution to any applicable victims and present no risk to others. Additionally, the person cannot have a misdemeanor conviction two years prior or a felony conviction five years prior. A person is not eligible if he/she has gone through the diversion program within the previous three months and can go through it only three times in his/her lifetime. We looked closely at our misdemeanor laws and narrowed them down to the following offenses eligible for the program: • Marijuana possession for 10 grams or less • Possession of marijuana paraphernalia • Possession of alcohol under age 21 • Petit theft and retail theft of $300 or less • Misdemeanor criminal mischief • Misdemeanor assault (not domestic-related) • Misdemeanor battery with no, or very minor, injuries (not domestic-related) People who are diverted into this program must report within 48 hours, at which time they are screened, placed in a program for issues like anger management or substance abuse, and required to perform community service. Anyone who fails to comply with the rules is ineligible to participate in the program in the future. To be clear, this is not a step toward legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The laws remain very firm on that subject. It is, instead, an effort to treat crime equitably while giving deserving people another chance. Through the Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program, the county avoids over-utilizing the expensive and time-consuming criminal justice system and processes, while broaching the broader issue: separation of recidivists and criminals from immature youth. There is a difference and this is an important step toward tackling the discrepancy. ◆ Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is available at (727) 582-6200, fax (727) 582-6459.

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location is the former Countryside Library site. The new East Library is being built as a joint-use facility on the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg College and its opening should be during 2017. With the retirement of Barbara Pickell, Director of the Clearwater Library System, City Manager Bill Horne named Jenifer by Mayor George Cretekos Obermaier to the post. City of Clearwater Ms. Pickell started working for the City of Clearwater in 2005, and her tenure has benefitThe City of Clearwater ted the City’s library programs. While serving as celebrated its centennial in director, Ms. Pickell’s leadership provided for the 2015, and last year both successful opening and dedication of the new the Clearwater Library Countryside Library, the contract negotiations for System and Morton Plant the joint-use East Library, makerspace studios at Hospital had centennial the main library and positioning the Clearwater celebrations. There is no Library System to be more responsive to users City centennial this year, as technologies of the 21st century continue to but there are several recent impact everyday life, among many others. developments, including a Jenifer Obermaier has been an employee of February 25th start to the Phillies’ Spring Training the City of Clearwater since 2006. Most recently, season, that keep Clearwater “Bright and Beautiful she served as the Assistant Library Director. from the Bay to the Beach.” Although she already has a In January, the Imagine Master’s Degree in Library Clearwater draft plan for the The new East Library is being Science, Ms. Obermaier is Downtown and its waterfront currently enrolled in the built as a joint-use facility was being finalized. Beach University of South Florida’s day events for the Outback Master’s of Public Adminison the Clearwater campus Bowl and the NCAA Football tration program. As Assistant of St. Petersburg College... Championship games at RayLibrary Director, not only has mond James Stadium were Ms. Obermaier worked well held. The new Wyndham with Ms. Pickell, she has also Grand Hotel opened on the beach and the Eddie shown an enthusiasm and energy which will conC. Moore Softball Complex hosted tryouts for the tinue to benefit the library, its users and the City USA National Women’s Softball teams. of Clearwater. Permits for the new fire station in the CounCongratulations, Barbara Pickell and Jenifer tryside area have been issued. It is anticipated that Obermaier! ◆ the new station will take approximately one year to complete. Construction is on the site of the old sta- Mayor George Cretekos can be reached at (727) 562-4050 tion, and during this work, Station 50’s temporary or by email at

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February Is For Learners by Julie Hudson Youth Services Librarian I know a lot of you think February means Valentines, romance and roses. Well think again – February is the perfect time to prepare your high school student to take the SAT’s and the ACT’s, or just prepare them to be better at taking tests in general. So to help in that endeavor, we have invited author Eliot Schrefer to return to the Countryside Library with his ever popular program we call Hack the SAT’s and ACT’s on Sunday, February 5th at 2pm. Mr. Schrefer is a hometown Countryside High School boy who ran off to attend Harvard and supported his writing habit by working as an SAT tutor. Incidentally, the whole wanting to be a famous author thing actually worked out for him...he has been a National Book Award finalist twice. Perhaps you don’t have an offspring of high school age or maybe your kids are younger. Then it is time to take advantage of our Homework Help program. Wednesday is your day to breathe easier knowing someone else can do homework with Junior. No arguing, no hair pulling! Your child will sit one-on-one with a high school student as you read a magazine and relax. Possibly your child is even younger; conceivably on the cusp of beginning school and not concerned about tests...just yet. No worries – we can provide a trip down memory lane for both of you with our Alumni Storytime. Graduates of storytime that are now in VPK or Kindergarten have a chance to come back and enjoy library time just like the old days when they were really young! Join us on Saturday, February 11th at 2pm and just so you don’t feel we have let you down with no roses or romance our craft that day will be Valentine related.

end at 4:30pm. Thursdays, Little Learners, 10:30am. Ready your child for the preschool experience with storytime. Ages 3+. TEEN PROGRAMS 2/5, Hack the SAT’s and ACT’s, 2pm. Author Eliot Schrefer will show you how you can improve your scores. COMPUTER CLASSES 2/7, Getting Started with Genealogy, 10:30am. Learn how to use the website. Registration required. 2/28, Digital Music from the Library, 10:30am. Discover how to download and save free music for your devices. Registration required. Sundays, Technology Test Drive, 1:30pm. Learn at your own pace how to use different computer programs. Thursdays, Computer and eReader Help, 12:30pm. Bring your own devices. ADULT PROGRAMS 2/9, Hamilton: The Man or the Musical, 12pm. Join the inestimable Rand Scholet of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (AHA Society) to learn about the real life of Alexander Hamilton. How much of the musical is true and how much is myth? Do not miss this program! 2/14 & 2/21, Every Life is a Story, 10:30am. Memoir writing workshop. Registration required. 2/15, Color My World, 10:30am. Color to promote relaxation and wellness. Materials provided. ◆ 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 2642 Sabal Springs Drive.

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YOUTH PROGRAMS 2/11, Alumni Storytime, 2pm. Traditional storytime with a Valentine themed craft for preschool and early elementary. 2/15, Let’s Grow Baby-Oh, 10:30am. Stories and songs. Ages 2 and under. Tuesdays, Toddlers 123, 10:30am. Bring your toddler on the first three Tuesdays of the month for a variety of activities. Ages 3 and under. Wednesdays, Homework Help and Scrap Crafts, 3pm. Do homework with a teen volunteer and create a craft. Help continues through 5pm but crafts

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Dunedin 2/24, Midnite Madness, 7pm-12am. MLK, Jr. Recreation Center. 2/25, History Comes Alive, 10am-2pm. Dunedin Cemetery. 2/26, Dunedin Community Chorus: Timeless Treasures, 3pm. Dunedin Community Center. 2/28, Mardi Gras Festival, 4-11pm. Downtown. Thursdays and Fridays, Free Tax-Aide Service,

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by Craig Wilson Dunedin City Arborist


he trees in our City are essentially a modified forest that provides a valuable ecosystem to our quaint urban setting. Tree canopies can effectively shade and cool our buildings, roads and sidewalks by reducing the amount of ambient temperature or Urban Heat Island effect. Tree canopies also reduce energy expenditures, carbon dioxide levels and storm water runoff; while increasing air and water qualities. These benefits not only offer many health and aesthetic benefits to our citizens, but also provide a desirable habitat for our native wildlife and ecosystem. So where do we go from here? I encourage everyone to develop their own personal tree planting initiative at their home. Whether Dunedin residents take advantage of our Arbor Day Tree Giveaway at 373 Douglas Ave. on April 15th at 8am or you purchase a tree from a local nursery; you can directly improve your individual tree canopy and overall tree canopy within the City. Please visit the University of Florida IFAS website to review some important tips for tree planting success at http:// Step 1: Assess the site Is there sufficient space for a tree? Be aware of powerlines, light poles, underground utilities, structures, driveways and sidewalks. Step 2: Preparing and digging the hole Before you dig, call 811 to have utilities located. Prepare the planting hole twice as wide as the root ball and slightly less than the depth of the root ball. Position the topmost root about even with or slightly above existing grade. Step 3: Backfilling the hole Once the tree has been centered in the hole and straightened, you can begin filling in the open space around the perimeter of the root ball with

Use this as a guide when planting your Urban Garden. the previously excavated native soil. Pack the soil gently and use a garden hose without a nozzle to probe around the backfill added. This will help eliminate any voids or air pockets. Do not add soil to the top of the root ball. Step 4: Berm and Mulch At the edge of the root ball, make a soil berm 2-3” high to form a shallow water holding area. Apply a 2-4” layer of mulch under the canopy of tree. Step 5: Water • Tree Size: 2-4” caliper (measure 6” above root ball) Irrigation for vigor: Daily for 1 month; every other day for 3 months; weekly until established. Irrigation for survival: Twice weekly for 3-4 months. • Tree Size: > 4” caliper Irrigation for vigor: Daily for 6 weeks; every other day for 5 months; weekly until established. Irrigation for survival: Twice weekly for 4-5 months. Happy planting! For more information call the Dunedin City Arborist at (727) 298-3279.

February Highlights

2/3 & 2/4, Showcase Kids Theater: What Happened After Once Upon a Time, Friday 7pm and Saturday 3pm. Dunedin Community Center. 2/5, Dunedin Pipe Band Performance, 1:30pm. Pioneer Park. 2/8, Mobile Blood Drive, 9:30am-2:30pm. Dunedin Community Center parking lot. 2/11 & 2/12, Art & Craft Festival, 10am-5pm. Downtown. 2/12, Creative Artists Guild, 10am-5pm. Pioneer Park. 2/18, “Show Me Your Stuff” Expo, 9am-2pm. Hale Activity Center.

Spring Training 2017 by Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski City of Dunedin Well, it’s that time of year again! The grass is getting cut, the fields are being raked and our Northern visitors are beginning to arrive. Baseball and Spring Training are upon us. Are you interested in watching the pros do a little practice? Well, during the week of February 20th they will begin their workouts at the Englebert Complex and the public is welcome. Be sure to check the Jays website for times and you just might catch a ball or an autograph. The Chamber will be hosting a Welcome Back Blue Jays event at the Dunedin Brewery the week our boys come back. And there are rumors that we may get a visit from a City of Toronto Elected

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Love Your Library by Phyllis Gorshe Library Director February is Love Your Library Month and we will be celebrating with our annual Friends of the Library Book Drive and Book Sale. If you were doing some New Year cleaning, bring your donations to the Friends of the Library. They will take gently used books, DVD’s, music CD’s and puzzles. On Saturday, February 4th, they will be holding their Annual Book Drive from 10am-1pm. The Book Sale will take place on February 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. Thursday, February 9th, is the Member Reception and first viewing of the Book Sale. The Book Sale will continue on Friday, February 10th and Saturday, February 11th from 9:30am-3pm. On Sunday, February 12th, the Book Sale will take place from 1-4pm. Make sure to stop by and check out the sale. All of the funds raised will help to support programming at the library. We are also participating in a Community Food Drive for the month of February. Please consider dropping off a can, box or non-perishable food item to help provide ongoing food supplies to needy individuals and families who are dealing with difficult life circumstances. The Dunedin Public Library will

have a drop-off bin located in our lobby. All items will be donated to our local food pantry at Dunedin Cares, Inc. Together we can make a difference. For the month of February, history will come alive. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life at the Dunedin Public Library on Tuesday, February 21st at 7pm. Ersula Knox-Odom will portray Dr. Bethune who was the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. She served as a New Deal government official and was the founder of FDR’s Black Cabinet. This program is co-sponsored by the Dunedin Public Library and the Friends of the Library. History also comes alive every Thursday at the Dunedin Public Library. Genealogy help is free and available every Thursday, year round, from 1-3pm in Study Room 4. No appointment is necessary. Members of the Caladesi Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Berkeley Plantation Chapter of the Colonial Dames XVII Century, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants will be on hand to help with general questions or provide information for prospective members. The Caladesi DAR Chapter recently donated five state source guides that you can browse through along with numerous other books in our Dr. John A. Mease Genealogy Section. Thank you to the Caladesi DAR Chapter for your generosity and weekly genealogy help at the Dunedin Public Library. There is more to love at your library so make sure to visit our website at library or stop by for our complete calendar. ◆ 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


gain with the New Year, we resolve a new plan of action. My plan includes you! I resolve to reach you through this article, the internet, your friends and families. Basically any way I can for the purpose of making sure you are aware that in the interest of oral health and total body health it is an exciting new day. Ask your healthcare provider to consider the connection between your current health status and your oral health. Depending when and where healthcare providers were educated, and also their interest after graduating, there will be a significant difference. I work with healthcare providers who collectively represent the whole spectrum. I learn from them and they learn from me. Together, we can offer plans that are so much more successful than the old sequestration of independent providers. Human metabolism is very complicated. To keep it optimally functioning and balanced, we must use all of the knowledge, new and old, we have access to. No one provider can possibly know it all and do it all. To believe that is ridiculous, but together we can. I have practiced long enough to see patients that have had many life experiences over the years. I have seen their oral health change as their bodies aged as life takes it’s toll. I have learned some people

8am-12pm. Sponsored by AARP. Dunedin Community Center. ◆ 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.

Official to kick our week off! Opening Day for the season is on Sunday, February 26th. And guess who we play…our local rival, the Philadelphia Phillies! That means we will be hosting our annual Mayor’s Challenge where Mayor George Cretekos and I have a friendly wager on the game. We have a pretty good record since we started this tradition, hosted by Jeff Rhoads, owner of Florida Auto Exchange. (Phillies = 1, Blue Jays = 1 and Tie = 1). This year will likely determine our Champion City so we want every Jays fan to come out and support our team. As our community kicks into high season, I would like to remind everyone that we do have a seven day a week Jolley Trolley service to get you to and from. The Trolley will also be going by the stadium during the months of February and March to try and alleviate some of the incoming traffic. We hope to be announcing local parking areas where you can park (for free) and ride to the games so stay tuned. So take a moment and enjoy a game. Take your family, friends or drop by on your own. Reminisce on days gone by, have a hot dog, peanuts and popcorn and enjoy a traditional Dunedin Spring Day! ◆ Julie Ward Bujalski can be reached at (727) 298-3001 or

can do everything right and still have oral disease and loss. I have seen people do everything wrong and still have oral health and a dirty mouth, never the less, basically healthy. The diseases of diabetes, Dr. Anthony J. Adams heart/CVD, thyroid, arthritis, autoimmune and fibromyalgia are of interest to me. I see the connection between these diseases and oral health. Metaphorically, putting air in a tire with a hole in it will not work long if the hole is not also “fixed.” One is the dental correction, the other is the medical/alternative correction. It takes both. Before either will work, we must understand the relationship. Unfortunately as witness would bear, not everyone does. This year our office will be studying and researching any new technologies we can add to our tool box that will complement our abilities to bring our patients the best traditional and integrative dentistry. We will reach out to patients and other healthcare providers who need and want sustainable and complete optimal health. If our practice offers you promise, call us! If you have healthcare providers who you think would join us in a more comprehensive approach to your healthcare, please make them aware of our view. I would love to meet them. ◆ Healthy Body Dental, Anthony J. Adams, DDS, PA, is located in the Cypress Point Shopping Center, 25877 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Clearwater, (727) 799-3123, Hours of Service: Monday-Thursday 8-5pm.

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Celebrate With Us In February by Lois Eannel Library Director Love, love, love…that’s what February is all about. It’s Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Love Your Library Month, American Heart Month and Black History Month to name a few celebrations. And, for quirkier observances, we have “Holidays” such as Sled Dog Day (2/2), Random Acts of Kindness Day (2/17), Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (2/18), Love Your Pet Day (2/20) and Tell a Fairy Tale Day (2/26)! Our two major library projects are slowly working their way through the necessary stages – our 2,500 square foot expansion/renovation and the shared parking lot with Cypress Woods Elementary School. Neither project cost one cent of taxpayer dollars; revenue for the expansion was a state budget appropriation and the shared parking lot is being funded by the BP Settlement Fund. The construction phase will begin in late spring, which necessitates moving our beautiful Reading Garden prior to then. We are hoping for county funds to create a new enclosed garden

East Lake outside the existing side door to the Community Room, which is being transformed into the Children’s Room. We are also looking ahead to Penny for Pinellas 2020 in hopes of being on the list of future projects for north county. This year’s addition would add 2,500 square feet; however, for the population we serve, we are still woefully below minimum standards for a community this size. An additional $5.1 million of Penny for Pinellas money would bring the library up to state standards and add 11,000 square feet. This final phase would truly make our library a community center for East Lake and the surrounding communities. However, your voice must be heard at the county level. Please sign the online petition on our website at or sign in person at the front desk. Again, this would not cost a cent of taxpayer dollars! Here are some February highlights but please check our online calendar or stop in for a program brochure.

February Highlights

2/3, Valentine Craft for Kids, 3pm. 2/10, Teen Escape Room, 6pm. 2/12, Sunday Concert Series: The “Old Smoothies” Barbershop Quartet, 2pm. Tickets are $15 and on sale at the library or at the door, if available. Tuesdays, Kids Yoga, 3pm. The library will be closed on Monday, February 20th for Presidents’ Day. We will have a late opening of 12pm on Friday, February 24th, due to a mandatory insurance meeting for employees. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 773-2665 or visit the website at The Library is located at 4125 East Lake Road.

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3rd Grade: Mia Decatur Teacher: Mrs. Fox I have known Mia Decatur for three years and in that time I have watched her mature remarkably. Mia is an incredibly hard working student, especially for someone her Mia Decatur age. Beyond that, she is intelligent and receptive to learning new things. She loves math and science and participates in the after school STEM Academy Club and ice skating. Mia always has a smile on her face and is a friend to all. I have had the privilege of working with Mia this year and I believe she exhibits all of the character traits on a daily basis. I am proud to name Mia as my Character Kid. 4th Grade: Amitha Markose Teacher: Mrs. Schuler Amitha Markose has consistently shown commitment to character throughout the year. She is someone that has proven to be a role model student day in and day out. Not only does Amitha show kind- Amitha Markose ness and respect to her fellow classmates, but also all of the staff here at Brooker Creek. As her teacher, I am extremely honored to have such a hardworking and driven young lady in my class this year.

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Classroom Character Kid Awards Sponsored by the PTA by Toniann Prillhart School Counselor Kindergarten: Sebastian Caballes Teacher: Mrs. Bailey Sebastian Caballes is always a good friend to all of his classmates. He helps others and is a good role model. Sebastian always uses kind words and is a great classroom helper. He is a moti- Sebastian Caballes vated learner who is always on task. He tries his hardest in everything he does and never gives up. I am proud of how Sebastian has grown as a learner. He exhibits strong character every day! 1st Grade: Noah Hegeman Teacher: Mrs. Skryd I am proud to name Noah Hegeman as our Character Kid. Noah enters the room with a smile every day! He is a responsible and polite young man. Noah is an enthusiastic learner and does his best work. He is always Noah Hegeman ready to take on new challenges. Noah was the first student to reach 100 percent on ST Math. He is a kind friend and always willing to lend a helping hand. Noah loves technology and always jumps in to help us troubleshoot! Noah is a delight to teach. 2nd Grade: Logan Legel Teacher: Mrs. Spiers It is my pleasure to announce Logan Legel as my Classroom Character Kid! Logan gets to class on time and immediately gets prepared for the day. He Logan Legel takes great pride in his work and sets high goals for himself. Logan is a good friend to others and willingly helps when needed. Outside of school, he plays soccer and baseball and is involved in the Kids’ Club at his church. Congratulations, Logan! You are a kid with great character.

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5th Grade: Michael McCormick Teachers: Mrs. Hickman and Mrs. Miller Responsible, respectful, caring and showing kindness to others are traits that describe Michael McCormick, our nominee for Student of the Month! Michael is a self-directed student that enters class daily knowing Michael McCormick the routine and gets to work on assigned tasks. Michael always offers positive words of encouragement to his peers and is so polite with his teachers. Here at school, Michael continues to meet expectations in all subject areas and enjoys participating in the Little Kids Rock Guitar Club and STEM Academy Club after school. Besides directing his energies here, Michael will begin serving as a Safety Patrol for second semester! Outside of school, Michael stays active in the community by playing soccer for East Lake Soccer. Michael shows excellent character wherever we see him! ◆ Brooker Creek Elementary School, Jennifer Mekler, Principal, 3130 Forelock Road, Tarpon Springs, (727) 943-4600. 2017 THEME WEEKENDS February 18-19 Highland Fling February 25-26 Chocolate Fantasy March 4-5 Pirates & Pets March 11-12 Time Travelers March 18-19 Shamrocks & Shenanigans March 25-26 Barbarian Brew March 31 Festival Friday April 1-2 High Seas weekend

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he City of Oldsmar Leisure Services Department would like to invite you to join in some of the fun events they have planned for March and April. Check out the following list of activities and call the contact number listed with each event if you have any questions or would like to volunteer. 3/10, Movies in the Park, 6:30pm. Big Hero 6 will be shown. Bring your own chairs. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Mobbly Bayou Environmental Education Center located at 423 Lafayette Blvd. Call (813) 749-1152. 3/25, Parent’s Night Out, 5-11pm. Parents, take a night off while your children enjoy an evening of fun including a pizza dinner. April 15th will be the next Parent’s Night Out. Ages 5-12. Cypress Forest

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n partnership with the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, the City of Oldsmar announced it will be hosting an inaugural Shredding and Electronic Recycling Event on Friday, February 17th from 10am-2pm. Residents and businesses of the Upper Tampa Bay region will be able to dispose of their documents and electronics safely and securely for free. The event will be set up in the east parking lot of

Oldsmar Recreation Center. Call (813) 749-1152. 4/1, Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 9am. Candy and toy filled eggs will be scattered in R.E. Olds Park. There will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny, so don’t forget your cameras! All hunts begin promptly at 9am. Ages 12 and under. Call (813) 749-1260. 4/8, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 9-10am. Come to the Oldsmar Chick-fil-A to eat Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Purchase discounted tickets in advance at any of our Recreation Centers. All children must purchase a meal ticket which includes a kid’s meal, picture with the Easter Bunny and a goody bag. Adults must purchase a meal ticket or admission ticket. Call (813) 749-1260. 4/12 & 4/15, Family Fishing Workshop, Wednesday 6-8pm and Saturday 8am-12pm. This program will teach families how to fish together and include fishing basics, casting practice and a rod and reel to take home. The April 12th session will take place at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center and the April 15th session will take place at the Mobbly Bayou Environmental Education Center. Ages 7+ with a parent/guardian. Call (813) 749-1273. ◆

Oldsmar City Hall located at 100 State Street W. Document shredding will be provided by BRM Business Records Management and electronic recycling will be offered by OCM Recycle. There is no limit on the number of boxes to be shred or the number of electronics to recycle. Secure on-site shredding provides assurance to attendees with the opportunity to watch the destruction process via digital video recording system. All destroyed documents are 100 percent recycled. Acceptable electronics include most office and household items; except for alkaline batteries, button batteries, CRT monitors, primary lithium batteries and televisions. Further details on the event, including tips and hints for participants, are available at OldsmarRecyclingEvent. For additional information, contact Debb Pauley, City of Oldsmar Marketing Specialist, at (813) 749-1140 or ◆ or (727) 787-6070


Come To Our Garden Party by Susan Hurley Library Director It may still be winter according to the calendar, but in Florida, February is time when Floridians need to start planning and preparing their gardens for planting. To help you get ready for springtime, our Friends of the Library are hosting a Garden Party on Saturday, February 11th at 12pm featuring author and gardening expert Stan DeFreitas. Stan DeFreitas, a.k.a. Mr. GreenThumb, is a local author of several books including the popular Complete Guide to Florida Gardening. He has been featured on local radio, television and newspapers for many years sharing his knowledge about Florida horticulture. His website,, has much more information about his experience and even a page to submit questions anyone may have concerning their own gardening issues. He will be on hand to speak about Florida gardening and focusing on food that you can grow

in your backyard. Whether you are an experienced gardener or are looking to get started, Stan will surely have some valuable information to help your Florida garden thrive. He will also be available to answer any questions about gardening issues. The Friends of the Library will be sponsoring this event and they will be providing snacks and light refreshments for attendees. They are also hoping that this event will help attract some new members, so if you are interested in finding out more about them and what they do, please come by the party if you are interested in helping your local library. Our Friends of the Library group is an important resource that helps cover the costs of many things we offer in the library that we would otherwise be unable to afford. Downloadable audiobooks, guest speakers and performers, and materials for programs are all paid for through funds raised primarily through book sales and membership fees. The Friends also helped us celebrate Oldsmar’s Centennial last year by covering the costs for our commemorative cookbooks, aprons and bags (which are on sale right now at the library for a reduced cost). We are grateful for all that they do and we hope to see you at this year’s Garden Party! ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (813) 749-1178 or visit the website at The Library is located at 400 St. Petersburg Drive E.

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Palm Harbor in partnership with Stilt House Brewery! Six librarians will alternate throughout the year every second Thursday at 6pm, discussing all kinds of books from horror, to classic, to Sci-Fi to a walk though Walden. Check out the following titles along with the librarian that will lead the monthly gathering.

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by Gene Coppola Library Director As you are probably aware, public libraries do a lot of good things and I like to think we are up to snuff when it comes to book clubs. We have had one here at the library since 2000, PHiL’s Book Club (“PHiL” actually stands for “Palm Harbor Library” but for some reason people still call me “Phil”) and for the past six years, in partnership with the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, we have had the ABC Book Club (Art, Books and Community) where we read about 20th century artists. We hold that book club at the museum. Now we have a new one, but not at the library or at an art museum. This time, it’s at a brew house. A brew house? Why? I say, “why not?” People are everywhere and so is reading in one way or another. Besides, what a great combination: reading, drinking and talking. So with that in mind, may I introduce you to our latest endeavor, Ales & Tales

February 9th Samma: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman March 9th Elisabeth: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler April 13th Jess: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton May 11th Maryjane: The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole June 8th Marisa: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury July 13th Samma: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness August 10th Elisabeth: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway September 14th Jess: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende October 12th Maryjane: Walden; or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau November 9th Marisa: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver December 14th

This event is free to the public. Contact the staff at (727) 771-6000 or visit our website at for further information on our programs.

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by Erica Lynford Director of Parks and Recreation I hope this article finds you enjoying a wonderful first part of 2017. We have had some wonderful changes at the Centre and we hope you can come by and visit sometime soon. Florida Hospital, one of our business sponsors, will kick off the New Year with us by hosting Pathway to Healthy Living on Tuesday, February 21st beginning at 10am. Lunch will be served at 11am followed by a lecture on healthy living habits. There will be more than 20 vendors, complimentary health screenings, give-aways and more!

2/10, Harbor Nights Concert Series, 7-9pm. Join us as we rock Palm Harbor at Pop Stansell Park with a limited concert series featuring sounds you will love listening to! All you need to bring is your lawn chair, a blanket and someone to listen with. Please look on our website for the performers and additional details. 2/17, Sweetheart Dinner/Dance, 5-8pm. Bring your Sweetheart for a great meal and live entertainment provided by Dino. Dinner will be served from 5-6pm followed by music and dancing. 2/24, 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 Centre at (727) 771-6000 or visit the website at The Centre is located at 1500 16th Street.

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Elisabeth: LaFayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell The Stilt House Brewery located at 625 Alt. 19 in Palm Harbor. If you have any questions or need further information contact Elisabeth by email at or give her a call at the library at (727) 784-3332. So there you go, another way to enjoy your library. And who knows what else we have in store

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Happenings At The Harbor by Jackie Bersch Family and Community Relations Join in the celebration of National Mentoring Month and kick off 2017 by becoming a mentor. It’s easy – just have lunch with a student for 30 minutes one day a week. To get started, attend a free mentor training session. Contact Jackie Bersch at or (727) 669-1146, ext. 2008 for mentor training specifics. To register call the Office of Strategic Partnerships, Family & Community Relations at (727) 669-1146, ext. 5050 or email Michelle Roberge at “Mentor a child and change two lives; theirs and yours!” Beverage tabs are being collected by the PHMS Future Business Leaders Club. The tabs will help support the “house that love built” – the Ronald McDonald House. This organization offers a temporary home away from home for families of injured or seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals. The tabs can be dropped off in our front office. Thank you for your support and helping to make a difference! On January 21st, Palm Harbor Middle School hosted its inaugural FIRST LEGO League Tournament. Founded in 1989, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international youth organization that operates FIRST LEGO League competitions and other edu-


Don’t Miss Our Big Band Gala by Cary P. McCord Board Chairman The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 20th Annual Evening Extraordinaire on Thursday, March 2nd at 6pm. This year’s theme is the Big Band Gala and the event will take place in the great Inverness Hall at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. The evening will begin with a reception featuring craft beer sampling where guests will have the opportunity to mingle, bid on silent auction items and step outside to admire the Ferrari that has been provided for the evening. The reception will be followed by dinner, sponsor recognition and an evening of dancing to the captivating sounds of the Silverbacks Band. The Gala will be a 50/50 fundraiser. Half of

for you. Actually, we do have a few other things coming up...but that’s for another column. Happy reading! ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 784-3332 or visit the website at The Library is located at 2330 Nebraska Ave.

Mentor Strategies Workshops

At the workshops listed below, participants will learn mentoring policies and procedures for Pinellas County Schools, effective listening skills, goal setting, communication skills and relationship building. Attendance is required for all new Pinellas County mentors. 2/8, City of St. Pete Water Resource Building, 3-5pm. Conference Room, 1650 3rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. 2/9, PCS Administration Building, 12-1pm. Room E111, 301 4th Street S.W., Largo. 2/15, Tarpon Springs High School, 10-11am. 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. 2/16, Take Stock in Children, 4-5:30pm. Wells Fargo Room, 12090 Starkey Road, Largo. 2/21, Take Stock in Children, 4-6pm. Wells Fargo Room, 12090 Starkey Road, Largo. 2/23, Leila Davis Elementary School, 121pm. 2360 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. cational youth programs. For the PHMS tournament, students built and programmed EV3 LEGO Robots and explained the engineering and programing behind the robot games. Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped referee and judge this event. Congratulations to our Robotics Team and Diamond Sadlowski, Palm Harbor Middle School Teacher and FIRST LEGO League Coordinator for Pinellas County, for a superb tournament. February is Volunteer Appreciation Month. We love our volunteers at PHMS! Volunteer and make a difference! ◆

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Presidents’ Day, No School – Feb. 20th Palm Harbor Middle School, Victoria Hawkins, Principal, 1800 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 669-1146.

all proceeds will benefit the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch and the other half will be allocated to the Palm Harbor Library Raise the Roof fund. The Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch is a place for siblings to go who would otherwise be split up and sent to foster care when the State of Florida has to remove children from an unfit home or if a parent has been arrested. Children are given the opportunity to live in safe, stable homes, where they are provided with food, clothing, shelter and medical care. The Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch operates solely on donations and proceeds from their thrift store. The Palm Harbor Library is a cultural community center for Palm Harbor. Over the past couple of years they have been holding fundraising events to collect money for a new roof. The Raise the Roof fund is short of their optimum goal and your participation in the Gala’s 50/50 fundraiser will help complete their mission. Tickets are $50 per person and available on the Chamber website at or at the Chamber office. To find out more about the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce check out our website at or call the Chamber office. We look forward to hearing from you. ◆ Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, 1151 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, (727) 784-4287, Hours of Service: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.

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2/2, Super Charging Your Etsy Store, 6:30pm. Etsy pro Tara Jacobsen will provide real world examples and a wealth of knowledge on how to make your Etsy store a success. 2/4, Internet Security and You, 1pm. Learn how to protect yourself from online threats and scams, create secure passwords, evaluate websites for safety and learn basic steps on how to secure your home devices and networks. 2/12, Safety Harbor is for Lovers: Valentine’s Day Concert, 2pm. Presented by the Suncoast Barbershop Chorus. YOUTH PROGRAMS 2/11, Book-a-Trip: Australia, 11am. Explore Australia through pictures, crafts, games and delicious food. Ages 4-10. 2/14, Stories & Art, 4pm. Learn about a new artist or stylistic period each month, then create your own art in that style. Grades 2-5. Thursdays, Beginner Robotics, 4:30-6pm. Mentors and pre-qualified students can work together on special robotics projects. Ages 10-17. Thursdays, Intermediate/Advanced Robotics, 6:15-7:45pm. Students who have successfully completed our beginners program can work on more complicated projects with the aid of mentors. Ages 10-17. ◆

by Lisa Kothe Library Director On Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30pm, meet Ben Montgomery, awardwinning journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. Montgomery will discuss his latest book, The Leper Spy: The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II. Copies will be available for sale and signing. The Leper Spy chronicles a tiny, young Filipina woman, Josefina Guerrero. As a top spy for the Allies during World War II, she stashed explosives, tracked Japanese troop movements and smuggled maps of fortifications across enemy lines. Guerrero suffered from leprosy, which horrified the Japanese, so they refused to search her. After the war, army chaplains found her in a leper colony and campaigned for the U.S. government to welcome a foreigner with leprosy. Montgomery was a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. He won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for the series For Their Own Good, about abuse at Florida’s oldest reform school. The Safety Harbor Tool Library is now open and includes a variety of hand tools and power

For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112 or visit the website at The Library is located at 101 2nd Street North.

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L to R, Teacher, Janay Troutman; Student, Arabelle Calderon and Kiwanis Member, Michael Sibberson. “Arabelle exhibits responsibility, is very respectful and always lives up to and exceeds expectations. She is active in the Multi-Culture Club and Chorus and is part of the Safety Patrol,” stated Mrs. Troutman. Arabelle’s family was present at the award breakfast as Kiwanis member Michael Sibberson presented her trophy. ◆

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A Year In Review by Mayor Chris Alahouzos City of Tarpon Springs It is the end of one year and the beginning of another for the City of Tarpon Springs. We, as elected officials, are privileged to represent you and to attempt daily, along with our community partners, to make Tarpon Springs the best possible. Tarpon Springs is a better place today than it was yesterday and will be an even better place tomorrow. As we begin a new year, I thought I would take this opportunity to look back at some of our accomplishments in 2016. It marked a year of exceptional growth in the City as we welcomed many commercial businesses and dozens of small unique businesses. All this could not have been possible without the remarkable teamwork of the Board of Commissioners, City Staff and Advisory Boards. The City also continued with many fun events for our residents and visitors including First Fridays, There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs, Night in the Islands, City Touch-A-Truck, Hippie Fest, Sunset Beach Concerts, Arts & Crafts Shows, Oktoberfest, Seafood Festival and Wine Walks just to name a few. Some highlights of 2016 included the City carrying forward a balanced budget for the first time in many years and the reduction of the millage rate (property taxes). We also opened, and

Tarpon Springs are in full operation of, our new Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Facility delivering up to 5 million gallons of drinking water to our residents using state-of-the-art treatment technology. These are a few of the many great things that happened in our City during 2016. We will continue to move forward with the 2017 budgeted projects and initiate new projects focusing on street repairs and infrastructure to help improve the quality of life for our residents. Your comments and recommendations are always welcome. You can reach me at (727) 938-3711 or (727) 432-3468. We are all part of the same community, which we cherish and want to improve. ◆ Mayor Chris Alahouzos is available at 324 E. Pine Street, Tarpon Springs, (727) 938-3711.

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n March 14th, the City of Tarpon Springs will be holding a Municipal Election for Commission Seat 1. Candidates running for office are Frank DiDonato, Jacob Karr and Tim Keffalas. If you have questions regarding voter registration or would like to request a mail ballot, contact the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections at (727) 4648683 or visit The deadline to register to vote is Monday, February 13th at 5pm. The deadline to request that a ballot be sent to you is Wednesday, March 8th at 5pm. Results will be posted as received in the City Clerk’s Office on Election Night. For additional information regarding the election visit or contact City Clerk Irene S. Jacobs or Deputy City Clerk Michele Manousos at (727) 942-5614. ◆


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Sunset Beach Music Series Begins This Month by Craig Dolan, M.Ed. Recreation Superintendent Tarpon Springs Recreation has been very busy. We are continually updating our facility and adding new programs all of the time. Please stop by for a visit to see what incredible programs we have to offer. This month brings about another season of the Sunset Beach Music Series. The concerts will again be on the 1st Thursday of every month at Sunset Beach located at 1715 Gulf Road. Each concert is free and there will be vendors on site if you would like refreshments. There will be a bonfire at the February concert featuring the Rusty Trumpet. As always, there will be overflow parking and a shuttle available from Tarpon Springs High School. The concerts are sponsored by Florida Hospital North Pinellas and Ferman Chevrolet of


Free Tax Help And More by Cari Rupkalvis Library Director Free AARP Tax Assistance and Preparation will be available from February 6th through April 11th on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am-2pm at the Tarpon Springs Public Library. This service is provided for seniors and low-to-moderate income taxpayers by trained volunteers from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. Assistance is given on a first-come, first-served basis. AARP volunteers are not available to answer questions by phone. In addition, the library has a supply of free tax forms and instruction booklets for Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ provided by the IRS. More IRS forms, instructions and publications may be downloaded from Other special programs at the library in February include Genealogical Proof presented by guest speaker Peter Summers of the Pinellas Genealogical Society on February 6th at 6:30pm. An Exploring with Dory STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program by Dory Larsen will be offered for ages 6 to 12 on February 15th at 3:30pm. Wee Sing with Mrs. Music for ages 1 and up will take place on February 18th at 10:30am. A Ukulele Workshop by the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society will be held on February 21st at 6:30pm. Ukulele kits are available for checkout at the Tarpon Springs Public Library and many other Pinellas Public Library Cooperative member libraries.

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2/6 & 2/27, Manga Book Club, 7:30pm. If you like manga, graphic novels and anime, then the Manga Book Club is the place for you! Hang out and meet other teens who share your interests. Members will also enjoy watching popular anime episodes. Grades 7-12. 2/7 & 2/21, Write Here, Write Now, 7:30pm. This writing club is for young aspiring writers to read, discuss and review their works. Ages 9-18. 2/8, Expand Your Horizons Book Club, 3:30pm. Are you looking for a book group that offers some-

Tarpon Springs and begin at 7pm. The Recreation Division has been creating some new and exciting programs. We recently have brought in the Just Dance Academy to teach all of our dance classes. They offer classes for ages 2 and up. Are you interested in paddle boarding? The Recreation Division has paddleboards available to rent. Stop by the recreation center located at 400 S. Walton Ave. to rent one today. Also, our new kayak launch is open and ready for use at the Live Oak Ave. corridor. Visit us online at for upto-date recreation news and events. “Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.”

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Wednesdays, Silver Sneakers Program, 10am. This program is designed to help you improve flexibility and balance while increasing muscular endurance. Strength exercises may include lifting hand-held weights, stretching resistive tubing and using your own body’s resistance and core muscles to improve balance and stability. Please bring small hand weights and a resistance band. For more information send an email to ◆ 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.

thing different, something new? Each month the books discussed are fiction or non-fiction books in a variety of different genres. This month’s book is Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister. 2/11 & 2/25, Cinema Saturday, 2pm. Have you requested a newer movie at the library but have to wait for a while to get it? Wait no more and come to the library as we show a newly released to DVD movie. No registration required. Call the library for movie titles. 2/13, Needlecraft, 6:30-8:30pm. Attention all needle crafters! If you enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidering or any other type of needlecraft then join us at the library. Beginner and experienced crafters are also welcome to attend. Come share your ideas, ask questions, meet new people and have fun! Supplies are not included; please remember to bring your own. 2/16, History Discussion Group, 2:30pm. Do you enjoy learning about history? Each month listen to a different lecture followed by a group discussion. This month’s topic will be Africa: Sir Henry Stanley and David Livingstone. ◆ 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.

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ue to the overwhelming response for community events and club happenings, club and event information must be submitted each month. The deadline is always the 12th of the month for the following month’s publication. Email your information to Ongoing thru February, Nature’s Food Patch hosts free cooking classes, health seminars and special events. Stay healthy with free cooking classes and free special events. For a complete list of seminars and more visit 2/3, Pasco Federated Republican Women’s Club Luncheon, 11:30am. Featured speaker will be Steve Overton. As an award-winning journalist, Overton was a tireless advocate for consumers and received recognition from the State of Florida Division of Consumer Services. Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets $20. R.S.V.P. to Fran Scerbo at (727) 597-3727 or 2/3, Artist Reception, 6-8pm. Join the Tarpon Art Guild as they feature Tom Wilke. Tom is a versatile painter, adept with acrylics, pastel and watercolor. He has won awards for his portraits as well as marine subjects. The Tarpon Art Guild, 118 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Free. Call (727) 744-3323. 2/7, Come Back Cupid Program Intro, 2-3pm. Preview the Come Back Cupid dating course to learn about online dating fundamentals and practice your skills. Explore how to create a profile, learn dating etiquette and privacy and personal security tips. Bring your own laptop. Four-week course begins 2/14. Learn more at The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater. Register at (727) 724-3070. 2/9, Sustainable Landscapes, 2pm and 6:15pm. Find out how you can create a beautiful, low water, low maintenance landscape. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Free. Register online at or call (727) 582-2603 by 2/8. 2/11, Vegetable Gardening and Micro-irrigation Seminar, 9:30am-12:30pm. Learn how to get your spring garden started and how to water it efficiently by using micro-irrigation. Presented by the Pinellas County UF/IFAS Extension. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo. Call (727) 582-2100. 2/12, Happy Tappers Dance Show, 3pm. The Happy Tappers, a group of female senior dancers, will be hosting their annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The show is choreographed by Nellie Kellogg. Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Rd., Dunedin. Tickets $5 (plus any additional donation you can provide). Call Linda Engel at (828) 817-9553. 2/13, Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Meeting, 6pm. Social hour 6pm, meeting 7pm. Feather Sound Country Club, 2201 Feather Sound Dr., Clearwater. Free. Call Charlotte Smith at (727) 539-6009 or email 2/15, Food Stamp Assistance, 9am-12pm. A SNAP representative will be at the Area Agency on Aging office to assist consumers with food stamp applications and

re-certifications. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible low-income individuals and families. Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc., 9549 Koger Blvd., St. Petersburg. Call (800) 963-5337 for appointment. 2/15, West Pasco County Genealogical Society Seminar and Meeting, 12pm. Geographic Border Changes and the Impact on Ancestry Research presented by club President Debbe Hagner. Attendees will learn of changes that have been made in county, regional and national boundaries in various countries over the centuries. Cost $7/non-members, $5/members. The regular meeting will follow from 2-4pm where Ms. Hagner will present options for sharing genealogical data electronically. Faith Lutheran Church, 5443 Sunset Rd., New Port Richey. R.S.V.P. for seminar at (727) 271-0770 or 2/15, Pinellas Opera League Presents DVD Opera, 1:30pm. La Fille Du Régiment by Donizetti, starring Juan Diego Florez. Running time 128 minutes. Safety Harbor Library, Room A & B, 101 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor. Free. Call Richard Davidson at (727) 242-6486. 2/16, Palm Harbor Newcomers Luncheon Meeting, 10am. East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy., Oldsmar. R.S.V.P. online at or to Susanne at (727) 942-4187. 2/16 & 2/21, Italian Language Classes, 5pm. Presented by the Sons of Italy Central Gulf Coast Lodge #2708. Beginners 5pm, intermed. 6:30pm. Palm Room, Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 787-3344. 2/17, 3rd Annual Bunco Party, 7-10pm. Bunco is a fun social dice game where no skill is required. Dessert, coffee and tea will be served. Proceeds will benefit The Haven. Presented by the Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin. First United Methodist Church, 411 Wood St., Dunedin. Tickets $10. Email Elizabeth Moulin at 2/18, Girls Meet Up To Chat about STEM and Stuff, 2-3:30pm. This program is for girls age 10-17 who are interested in the STEM program and leadership skills training. Opportunities will also be available to participate in the RoboFest Competition which will take place in June. Largo Library, 120 Central Park Dr., Largo. Call (727) 272-8138. 2/22, DNA and Genealogy Seminar, 1-3pm. Who do you think you are? Where did you come from? Join the Caladesi Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for a gathering of Genealogical and Hereditary Societies. Speak with local representatives about researching your family lineage. Light refreshments will be served. Dunedin Public Library, 233 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. Call Joan Russell at (727) 785-9208. 2/23, The Daughters of Italy Lodge #2825 Meeting, 5:30pm. Italian and non-Italian women are invited to attend. Dessert will be served at 6pm followed by a short general meeting. Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Rd., Dunedin. Call Vincenza DiLiberti at (727) 447-6890 or visit 2/26, Matinee Opera Players, 3pm. The Matinee Opera Players will present Springing Into Opera, directed by Mario Laurenti, with pianist, Rena Massey. Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas

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Hale Senior Activity Center Activities For February 2/6, Starlight Dance, 7pm. 2/13 & 2/27, Watercolor Wonders, 6pm. 2/13, Social Ballroom Dances with DJ Arlene, 7pm. 2/14, Medicaid and Nursing Home Cost Seminar, 10am. Presented by Attorney Sean Scott. 2/14, Parkinson’s Support Group, 1pm. 2/15, President’s Banquet, 12pm. 2/15, Dance & Concert, 3pm. Dunedin 3 O’Clock Big Band presents The Sounds of Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. 2/20, Beaded Jewelry Workshop, 6:30pm. 2/21, Avoiding Senior Scams, 10am. Presented by the Pinellas County Office of Consumer Protection. 2/23, Beaded Jewelry Workshop, 10am. 2/28, Florida Bar Speakers: Estate Planning, 10am. Mondays, Mexican Train Dominoes, 9am. Mondays, Pinochle, 6pm. Mondays, Dunedin Ukuleles, 6:30pm. Mondays & Wednesdays, Casual Bridge, 12:45pm. Mondays & Thursdays, Zumba Gold, 10:15am. Mondays & Thursdays, Mah Jongg, 12:30pm. Mondays & Fridays, Senior Exercise, 9am. Tuesdays, Breakfast Social, 8:30am.

Tuesdays, Health Screening, 9am. Tuesdays, Woodcarving & Wood Burning, 9am. Tuesdays, Tai Chi, 9:30am. Tuesdays, Quilter’s Social Corner, 2pm. Tuesdays, Happy Taps, 3:15pm. Tuesdays & Thursdays, Duplicate Bridge, 11:45am. Wednesdays, Free Gulf Coast Community Services Professional Counseling, 9:30am. Wednesdays, In the News, 10am. Wednesdays, Alzheimer’s Support Group, 10am. Wednesdays, Canasta, 11:30am. Wednesdays & Fridays, QiGong, 9:30am. Wednesdays & Fridays, Line Dancing, 10:30am. Thursdays, Essentrics/Aging Backwards, 9am. Thursdays, Chair Yoga, 9:30am. Thursdays, Mah Jongg for Beginners, 11am. Thursdays, Aphasia Activity Group, 1pm. Thursdays, Sketch Group, 6pm. Thursdays, Snell’s Square Dancing, 6:30pm. Fridays, Crafter’s Corner, 10am. The Hale Senior Activity Center is located at 330 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin. Call (727) 298-3299 for more information. ◆ or (727) 787-6070

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club calendar from page 11 Park. Admission is pay-what-you-can. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to CASA. Call (727) 204-4163 or visit 3/1, Pinellas Opera League Monthly Luncheon Concert, 11am. Come socialize and be entertained by local singers performing well-known arias and show tunes. Meetings are held October through June. Dunedin Golf Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin. Tickets $22/members, $25/non-members. R.S.V.P. to Nancy at (727) 738-3447 by 2/27. 3/6, Bingo Fundraiser, 7:30pm. The Inner Wheel of Dunedin North will host a fundraiser of Flamboyant Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s. Tickets are $10 per person and include 10 games. Food and beverages sold separately. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit Inner Wheel’s local philanthropic projects. Hamburger Mary’s, 28910 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Clearwater. R.S.V.P. to Hamburger Mary’s at (727) 400-6996. 3/11, A Touch of Spring Luncheon Fashion Show, 12:30pm. The Daughters of Penelope Pelias Chapter #186 Clearwater will be hosting a fashion show featuring fashions by Dillard’s of Tyrone Square Mall. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Clothes to Kids and Daughters of Penelope Charities. Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Ln., Belleair. Tickets $45. R.S.V.P. to Joanne Sackedis at (727) 785-2358 by 3/1. 3/30, 46th Annual Daisy Grants Fashion Show and Luncheon, 11am. Social hour 11am, fashion show 11:30am. Fashions from MJ’s Fashion and Gifts followed by a gourmet lunch. Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Ln., Belleair. Tickets $45. R.S.V.P. to (727) 726-6410. Every Sunday, Scottish Country Dancing, 6-9:30pm. No partner necessary. Beginner/Experienced classes. Scottish American Hall, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin. $3, first time free. Call (813) 962-4624 or (727) 787-3805. Every 3rd Monday, Sparkling Clearwater Depression Glass Club, 6:45pm. Clearwater Garden Club Building, 405 Seminole St. (Southwest corner of N. Ft. Harrison and Seminole St.), Clearwater. Call Tom at (727) 725-2069 or Carol at (727) 433-3434. Every 4th Monday, Central Gulf Coast Lodge #2708, Order Sons of Italy Meeting, 6pm. Meetings are open to those of Italian descent and to anyone interested in Italian culture, history and heritage. Italian language classes are held bi-monthly for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The Centre at Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 787-3344. Every Tuesday, Palm Harbor Community Chorus


Rehearsal, 7:30-9pm. No auditions. All voices welcome. Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 C.R. 95, Palm Harbor. Call Kay at (727) 785-8050 or email Every 1st Tuesday, Suncoast Camera Club Meeting. 6:30pm. If photography is your hobby, this club is for you. Share your photos with other photographers. Guests are invited as the club is welcoming new members. Safety Harbor Library, 101 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor. Visit or call (727) 784-8765. Every 2nd Tuesday, Clearwater/St. Pete Ski Club Meeting, 6:30pm. Fun social club with a focus on skiing and raising money for veterans. Mike’s Pizza & Deli Station, 13560 49th St., Clearwater. Call (727) 743-3108. Every 3rd Tuesday, Clearwater Community Woman’s Club Meeting, 10:30am. Meet and greet 10:30am, meeting 11:15am. Most meetings take place at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Meets September through May. Call (727) 937-7059 or visit Every Wednesday, Master Gardener Plant Clinic, 10am-2pm. Get help with your plant problems from a Pinellas County Master Gardener. Bring fresh samples and digital photos. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 582-2603. Every 1st Wednesday, Palm Harbor Camera Club 10am-12pm. Fun social club for those interested in photography. Share your photos and learn more about photography. All skill levels invited. 35000 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 856-1209 or visit Every 1st Wednesday, Hearing Loss Association of America Support Meeting, 12:30pm. The Clearwater Chapter meets monthly for educational seminars, guidance and support. Safety Harbor Library, 101 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor. Call (727) 271-0770. Every 2nd Thursday, Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin Luncheon Meeting, 11:30am. Lunch is followed by a program or speaker and cards or games. Prospective members are welcome to attend two regular meetings prior to joining the club. Email Every Friday, North Tampa Bay Senior Over 60 Softball, mornings. Senior Slo-Pitch Softball League is looking for new players. Collier Park Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Pkwy., Land O’ Lakes. Other sports leagues available. Call Walt at (813) 527-8211. ◆ For more information contact the club listed. Send your club activities and events to

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