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he Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will host the “1st Annual Spelling Bee” at the Centre located at 1500 16th Street in Palm Harbor on August 23rd from 6-9pm. This is an adult only fundraiser that will benefit the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., which provides financial assistance in support of area school programs and student educational endeavors. The Chamber is looking for teams to participate in the Spelling Bee, so choose a team name, theme and team colors. Each team will consist of four team members and teams are invited to dress up to complete their theme if they wish. There will be prizes for best costume, best theme and best spellers. A light dinner is included in the entry fee and will be served before the event at 5:15pm. The rules for the spelling bee are simple and the “Queen Bee” will moderate the competition. Words will be chosen from “Scripps Howard” and will get increasingly more difficult throughout the competition. Each team will have a limited time period to discuss the correct spelling and the captain will write down the final answer and hold it up for all to see. The format is designed to engage everyone attending the event, including the audience, as there are a few unique rules and surprises. So, join in the fun and at the same time help to support education. It is time to “Bee Brilliant...Bee Supportive...Bee Involved” in your community. For more information visit or call the Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce office at (727) 784-4287. ◆

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he Pinellas Public Library Cooperative (PPLC) has teamed up with the Tampa Bay Rays for the countywide “Reading with the Rays” summer reading program. The program kicked off in June with special guest Rays 3rd Baseman, Evan Longoria speaking about the importance of reading and sharing two special books with the children in attendance. The program includes opportunities for kids to round the bases on a game card and win great prizes like a Rays souvenir poster, gel bracelet and signature Evan Longoria arm sleeve. Once kids have read for 24 hours and make it to Home Plate, they will be eligible to receive a reading certificate and one free ticket to a Rays home game. (Up to three additional tickets may be purchased at a discounted rate.) Families can pick up their “Reading with the Rays: Read Your Way to the Ballpark” game cards at any PPLC library. The PPLC and the Rays Baseball Foundation, the official charity of the Tampa Bay Rays, are promoting this program designed to emphasize the importance of continued literacy throughout the summer months. Stop by your local library and pick up a game card and “Read Your Way to the Ballpark” this summer. For more information contact the Paula Godfrey at the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative at (727) 441-8408. ◆

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New Budget Helps Businesses, Families And The Environment by Jack Latvala Senate District 20 The 2013 Legislative Session concluded in Tallahassee in early May, and as a result of our improving economy and our fiscal prudence, this was the first time since 2006 that we had a budget surplus. During our 60-day session, I am proud to report that we passed a budget that provides $1.2 billion in new money for K-12 education. We also allocated $480 million to provide teachers well-deserved pay raises ranging from $2,500-$3,500. The balanced budget also focuses on Florida’s hardworking families, works to strengthen our economy and creates more jobs for our fellow Floridians, and also protects our environmental treasures like the Everglades, our beaches and our springs. To maintain our beaches and to keep the tourists coming, $3.7 million will be used to restore Pinellas beaches. We also allocated over $600 million in funding to protect environmentally sensitive lands and improve the quality of water in our state. To help strengthen our economy, the budget includes $198.4 million for economic development programs which will help keep Florida more appealing to new businesses. The Legislature also eliminated the sales tax manufacturers pay on machinery and equipment which will also stimulate the economy.






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This budget strengthens the safety net for our most vulnerable citizens by fully funding the increase in Medicaid caseloads and KidCare enrollment and increasing Medicaid provider rates. The budget includes funding for elder waiver slots in community-based care diversion programs as well as substance abuse and mental health care services. I am also glad that not only could we give our teachers raises, but we could also provide raises for state law enforcement officers and other state employees – the first in seven years. We were able to set aside $2.8 billion in reserve funding that will allow Florida to maintain its top AAA credit rating and prepare us for potential budget shortfalls in the future. At the beginning of the 2013 Legislative Session, I joined three of my Senate colleagues in taking the first critical steps in reining in the advance nuclear cost recovery fees charged to electric customers by utilities like Duke Energy (formerly Progress Energy). This fee was passed in 2006 before I was elected to the Senate and has resulted in extra charges to consumers of over $1 billion without any assurance that new plants will ever be built. The bill that the Legislature passed will reduce interest charges that are included in this fee and give teeth to the Public Service Commission in regulating these charges. We were also able to provide relief to Florida families by reinstating the back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday from August 2nd to August 4th, 2013. Shoes and clothing under $75, school supplies under $15 and computers under $750 will be tax exempt in this year’s Sales Tax Holiday. I believe that the 2013 Legislative Session was quite productive and addressed many of Florida’s critical issues. I am honored to serve you in the Florida Senate and I hope you will find this information useful. If you have any questions or concerns about state matters, feel free to contact my Senate office at (727) 793-2797. ◆

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Tax Collector’s Office Receives Governor’s Sterling Award by Diane Nelson Pinellas County Tax Collector The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office was recently named a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Sterling Award, the highest award an organization can receive for performance excellence in Florida. The Governor’s Sterling Award recognizes organizations and businesses in Florida that have successfully achieved performance excellence in management, operations and strategic planning. “It is an honor to receive the prestigious Governor’s Sterling Award,” said Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson. “The Sterling Award is about continual improvement by becoming better

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Paving The Way For Redevelopment by Susan Latvala Pinellas County Commissioner There was a time, not too long ago, when most of Pinellas County land was devoted to agriculture. But then times changed, and more people and industry moved into the area. Residents needed new homes. Businesses brought jobs to the area. Retailers set up stores. Restaurants offered people places to gather. Parks and golf courses offered folks places to have fun. In order to control the growth, local governments set up land use maps and zoning controls that determined how each acre of land could be used within Pinellas County. Each municipality and the county has its own land use map and zoning, and over the years, these land development regulations served us well, balancing the needs of the people with the resources available in this small geographic slice of Florida. Fast forward to the present day. Pinellas County is nearly built out (less than six per cent of our land, in isolated spots and pockets, is vacant and available for development). Where once our land use codes regulated development of open land, they now must accommodate redevelopment of older properties, which can be costly and difficult. Our economic well being and quality of life increasingly depend on our ability to redevelop. The codes have to be updated to provide for flexibility; new techniques are required to support redevelopment activity that meets the needs and desires of the community. For example, revised codes should accommodate new businesses, provide for walkable communities, improve access to transit, preserve the natural environment and protect our existing residential neighborhoods. Right now, several Pinellas County departments are hard at work revising land development codes to achieve desirable redevelopment and growth. Some redevelopment in Pinellas County is expected to be focused within centers and along corridors served by either light rail or improved bus service. Close-knit, pedestrian-friendly, multi-use development would be encouraged at appropriate locations in these areas. Residents

tomorrow than we are today. I am so proud of my staff and the work they have done to create a culture of excellence and efficiency. The employees of the tax collector’s office are the foundation of our success and this award truly belongs to them.” The award, presented at the Governor’s Sterling Award Banquet on May 31st, is based on criteria from seven categories: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus and results. The tax collector’soffice submitted an application for the award in November and a team of examiners from the Florida Sterling Council spent a week on site in March evaluating the operations of the Tax Collector’s Office. The Tax Collector’s Office has been working to implement management principles from the Sterling criteria since 2006, with emphasis on strategic planning, process improvement and data analysis. As a Sterling Award winner, the office will serve as a role model organization and will host a best practices showcase event in the fall. For more information on the Governor’s Sterling Award and the Florida Sterling Council, visit For more information on the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office visit ◆ For information about Tax Collector services, visit or call (727) 464-7777. could walk to the store or to an evening’s entertainment, and then take mass transit to their jobs in the morning. Could you live in Pinellas County without having to depend on a car? For some people, the option would be ideal and we are looking to move toward someday better accommodating that preference. The goal is to give future Pinellas County residents more choices in where to live and how to get around. Single family neighborhoods would remain protected from incompatible uses. Changes would be considered only where it made sense and only after a lengthy public hearing process. The concept of updating land development codes is nothing new in Pinellas County. Some municipalities have already adopted versions of this 21st century thinking. St. Petersburg has seen some very successful innovation along Central Ave. and along 4th Street N. New codes blend design with form and function to create pedestrianfriendly spaces that provide housing, business and recreational needs in a pleasing visual harmony. Already several Pinellas County municipalities have amended their land development codes to accommodate this new thinking and it only makes sense for Pinellas County to match these standards, where appropriate, in the unincorporated neighborhoods. Changing the county’s land development code will take time. As needs change, as people, households and lifestyles change, government regulation has to change accordingly to keep up with the expectations of residents and businesses. We want to encourage desirable redevelopment and control its impact on established communities and neighborhoods. We want to attract new jobs and new businesses to Pinellas County, but only if these businesses fit in with established communities. Above all, we want Pinellas County to always be a great place to live, work and play, so any changes to the code will be made with extreme caution and deliberation. Redevelopment is inevitable, yet several factors have to be considered before development is permitted, such as impact on the environment, traffic, drainage, public safety, potable water and community character – even evacuation patterns in the face of a major weather emergency. So, we are taking it slow with plenty of input from the experts and the public to guide us. For further information on proposed changes to the Pinellas County Land Development Code, visit our website at codeupdate/default.htm or call the Pinellas County Department of Strategic Planning and Initiatives at (727) 464-8200. ◆ Susan Latvala is available at (727) 464-3276 or you can email her at

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Clarifying A Veteran’s Discount by Pam Dubov, , CAE Pinellas County Property Appraiser In January, we highlighted the property tax related amendments that were passed by Florida voters in the 2012 General Election. One in particular, Amendment 2, provides a discount in property taxes equal to the percentage of a veteran’s partial or total permanent combat-related disability. There was a little confusion surrounding this discount because it was often referred to as a benefit for “combatwounded” veterans and some veterans thought they did not qualify because they suffered no visible injury. To qualify, the veteran must have a Homestead Exemption; be at least 65 years of age on January 1st; have been honorably discharged from military service and have a partial or total permanent combat-related disability. A combatrelated disability can cover a number of conditions, including conditions related to exposure to herbicides such as Agent Orange. After Amendment 2 passed, we mailed over 2,700 letters to Pinellas County disabled veterans who currently have a Homestead Exemption and who are over the age of 65 to determine if they might

qualify. As a result we took in over 800 applications, with more expected over the next few months. We couldn’t have found and served so many veterans without the invaluable help of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs representatives, Reginald Fujimoto and John Rudy. Even though their office is very busy, these gentlemen went above and beyond to help us identify qualifying veterans by spending time in our office researching veterans’ files and comparing them to their discount applications. Reginald and John know the codes and conditions to look for. As a result, we were able to help far more veterans than we could have on our own. The deadline to apply for any exemption is March 1st. Since there may still be veterans in Pinellas County who don’t know this discount is available, or who think they don’t qualify, we will accept late filed applications for this particular benefit, and we are happy to answer any questions about the documentation required to qualify. ◆ Pam Dubov, Pinellas County Property Appraiser, P.O. Box 1957, Clearwater, (727) 464-3207.

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he Palm Harbor Literacy Council needs volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with motivated adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students wanting to improve their English language literacy skills. Two-day tutor training sessions are planned for July 20th and August 2nd and again for October 12th and November 2nd. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3010 or visit the Literacy Council office in the Palm Harbor Library located at 2330 Nebraska Ave. in Palm Harbor and fill out an application. The need is urgent, participation is free for tutors and students and the rewards are great. ◆

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The Sheriff’s Beat by Bob Gualtieri Pinellas County Sheriff Summer has arrived, temperatures are rising and what better way to keep the kids entertained and cool than an afternoon by the swimming pool, a trip to the beach or even a water park. A dark side of summer in the sun is that a sparkling pool or the inviting ocean waters can also be a summer hazard. Unfortunately, when the temperature goes up, so can the number of accidental drownings involving children. A moment of adult distraction can have tragic results. Of all law enforcement calls for service, a call to a home where a child has drowned is one of the most heartbreaking. The loss of a child’s life to drowning can be prevented with extra caution, common sense and inexpensive equipment. To begin with, never leave your child alone in or near a pool or other body of water, not even for a moment. Teaching a child to swim for sport, safety and survival is a must. Remember, however, that even if they have mastered their swimming skills, nothing can replace proper supervision as the most important step to water safety. The same common sense approach applies while at the beach or water park,

even when lifeguards are present. It is always a good idea to learn CPR, especially if you are responsible for watching children around the pool or at the beach. Being CPR certified can prevent a serious poolside incident from becoming fatal. Keep rescue equipment on hand and a phone nearby for emergencies. It is also important for pool owners to properly install and secure fences, screened enclosures and sliding glass doors with locks to ensure that young children cannot wander into the water unsupervised. Remember a torn screen or doggie door can be an invitation to a curious toddler who will not always recognize the danger that may be waiting outside. An alarm system around the pool or pool access areas is another option. Keep furniture away from safety fences to prevent children from climbing and reaching the pool. Also, remove toys and floating objects from the pool when not in use so there is no temptation for a child to retrieve them and accidentally fall in. For more information view the Pinellas County Health Department’s Summer Safety video at To learn more about swimming pool safety, swimming lessons and CPR certification contact the following providers: • American Red Cross (Tampa Bay Chapter): • Pool Safety Council: • YMCA: This summer, protect yourself, your loved ones and even your friends and neighbors by taking the time to prepare and plan in order to enjoy a safe summer pool season. ◆ Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is available at (727) 582-6200, fax (727) 582-6459.

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Celebrate America by Mayor George Cretekos City of Clearwater As the United States prepares to celebrate the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, residents of Clearwater will gather at Coachman Park for the annual “Clearwater Celebrates America” concert featuring the “Mostly Pops Orchestra” and the “John and Mary Kay Wilson” duo. Fireworks, sponsored by Clearwater Gas, will be launched immediately after the concert. All of us recognize the symbolism of the Declaration of Independence and the founding fathers’ pledge of their lives and sacred honor to a new form of government still resonates. Obviously, each of us has his opinion as to what this means or how it should be applied. To some, following the letter of the law is a moral responsibility. Others believe just as intensely that certain laws must be obeyed, while the situation should give leeway in other cases. Then, there are even those who will argue that any law is too restrictive. On the local level, two such areas which are

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Celebrate Park And Recreation Month by Terry Repp Countryside Recreation Center Communities in the State of Florida celebrate July as Park and Recreation Month through the “It Starts in Parks” initiative and the City of Clearwater will offer many free and fun activities. We want to celebrate summer and provide you with information about the benefits of Parks and Recreation. There will be free water exercise classes at the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center, free tennis with a recreation card at the McMullen Tennis Complex, free exercise classes at the Long Center, free goodies and basketball drop-in at the Countryside Recreation Center and other opportunities galore! The doors open at 5am at the Countryside


Countryside repeatedly raised are parking tickets and watering restrictions. For example, there was the person who believed that because the weather was cloudy and cold, the City should not even consider enforcing its parking meters. He believed that parking should be complimentary and that by ticketing his car, the City was unfriendly. Another example pertains to the emergency watering restrictions that were ordered by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Granted, someone may not subscribe to the newspaper, or may not watch television, or may look at all mail as “junk” or may not have a computer. But, it is amazing to have learned how many of Clearwater’s residents state all of the above or have some other reason to justify why fines should not be imposed. The responsibilities of citizenship for Americans are few compared to the freedoms represented by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. So, as the nation celebrates its Independence Day, let each person rededicate himself to those ideals still cherished and envied – let each person pledge to work for change where needed, but to respect the rule of law that is the basis of this government. The American form of government may not be perfect, but it is worth keeping. The dream that came forth 237 years ago still lives; it is a dream each of us should proudly defend, nurture and live so that those principles of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” can continue to inspire the world and hopefully each of us. ◆ Mayor George Cretekos can be reached at (727) 562-4050 or by email at Recreation Center, so call (727) 669-1914 or drop by and the staff will give you the calendar of the great events happening this month. The Countryside Recreation Center’s Outdoor Fitness Zone is now open! Come try some of our new equipment and workout on our beautiful grounds. Our summer camps still have a few openings and we look forward to working with your children to have a great camp experience. Hurricane Season is here so please be prepared and keep hydrated during these hot, humid months. July 4th is the “Clearwater Celebrates America” event at Coachman Park. Gates open at 4pm. Please bring the family to celebrate at this patriotic concert and incredible fireworks display. Fireworks are expected to begin at 9:30pm. The summer calendar is full of things for you and your family to enjoy. Be sure to include a visit to the Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Clearwater Sailing Center, the many pools, Sand Key, Clearwater Beach and the gorgeous parks in Pinellas County and the surrounding area. Enjoy your summer! ◆ For a complete list of programs and classes call the Rec Center at (727) 669-1916 or visit the website at The Rec Center is located at 2640 Sabal Springs Drive.

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The Value Of Conversation by Tracey Reed Countryside Library Manager One of my favorite things about my job is the fact that I get to talk to so many wonderful people. I have been a librarian for close to 25 years now and quite a large amount of that time was spent working in technology. I didn’t see more than my colleagues for hours or days. And the time I spent working from home…well, let’s just say that the most intelligent conversation I had was with my African Grey Parrot, Peanut. (I miss that bird…) Anyway, it is truly one of my joys to talk with the many people who are in and out of the library every day. One of the best conversations I have had recently was with the mother of one of our young library users. She was so proud that her daughter, a 4th grader, had won Battle of the Books at her school. Not only that, she had extremely high FCAT scores. Because she had exclusively used library books for the Battle and had come to Homework Help weekly for help with the FCAT material, I was proud too. (Homework Help is held on Wednesdays during the school year. If you are interested in study help over the summer, it is available on Monday mornings by appointment. Just give us a call or stop in to schedule.) Another recent conversation was about music. Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t live without music but can’t play a lick. A patron came in to find information about playing the upright bass. Now, I have a very unfortunate story about attempting to learn several different instruments, so will never attempt it again. However, if I were going to take up an instrument, it would be the bass guitar. I know, I know, they are very different instruments. However, conversation being what it is, and music books and DVD’s being placed where they are on our shelves, I told my sad story about attempting to learn to play. The wonderful person

looked at me and said, “But you don’t need a live teacher, you have all of these amazing resources right here!” You know what? He was right. Now I just need the time back in my day to get the bass, and learn it. I value each and every one of our encounters. My dear friend Pat comes in three or four times a week. She and I have lively conversations about books (we share the same reading tastes). Peter comes in and we talk about food, restaurants and sometimes music. Nic comes in and we talk history. Newman comes in and, well, if you know Newman you will understand when I say the conversation can go anywhere. So, where I am going with this is to thank you. Whether I have mentioned you above or not, know that each time we talk, even if we have only spoken once or I don’t know your name but we converse each time you are here, I take something special from it. And appreciate all of you.

July Highlights

YOUTH 7/20, Viva Florida Craft, 2pm. 7/27, What To Expect When You Are Expecting To Go To College (for teens), 2pm. Terrific Tuesdays, 2pm. There will be a different program each week. 7/2, Discover Prehistoric Florida 7/9, Mad Science: Fire and Ice Show 7/16, Fritzy Brothers One Man Circus 7/23, Delightful Digging Into Treasured Tales ADULTS 7/13, Dig Into Family Stories, 2pm. 7/24, Recognizing & Handling Stress, 12pm. ◆ 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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auren Powell received the 2013 GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club Community Service Award at the Countryside High School Awards Night for her civic contributions during her high school years. Lauren has volunteered at the Clearwater Public Library tutoring elementary schoolage children, served as a library aid and helped with the summer reading program. While participating in the Juniorettes Service Club, Lauren volunteered in variLauren Powell, left, receives ous activities at the the 2013 GFWC North Pinellas Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Center, area Woman’s Club Community Service Award from Laura nursing homes and Bentz, GFWC North Pinellas Relay for Life events. Woman’s Club President. She also participated in Prevent Child Abuse America projects and spent time volunteering at the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Lauren plans to attend Flagler College this fall. ◆

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Upcoming Budget Workshops by Mayor Dave Eggers City of Dunedin July 4th of any year should continue to be a big deal not only in our country but around the world. Our forefathers came to this country at great personal risk and during difficult times in their homeland. “Comfortable” would have been not to leave the confines of their own country, not to rise up against tradition and the political system, not to leave family and friends behind and certainly not to travel across the Atlantic Ocean. Quite to the contrary, they had a vision of a future for their families that would provide much prosperity and opportunity, as well as freedom from oppression. They knew all along that it would require courage, hard work, persistence and unity for their dreams to stand a chance of becoming a reality.

Dunedin High School Class Of 1983 Reunion


n the weekend of July 19th through July 21st the Dunedin High School Class of 1983 will celebrate its 30 Year Reunion. The weekend will kick off with a Dunedin Pub Crawl featuring Lari White performing with “Full Tilt” at the Blur from 7-9pm. The fun will continue on Saturday night at the Clearwater Hilton with a “Back to the ‘80s” party and on Sunday with the “Sunday Funday” celebration on Sand Key. For more information contact Joanne Vento Hackett by email at or go to!activities/cfvg. ◆

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What Do You Love? by Lanie Sheets Parks & Recreation Superintendent


don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the summer months. And July is the epitome of summer. The reasons to love the summer are many, but let me take a moment to highlight some of my favorites. First is the water. I love living in Florida and being close to the water. I enjoy just being able to gaze out at the water during my daily commutes or on walks or bike rides. But jumping in the warm tropical water is exhilarating. Some of my favorite water activities involve a morning or evening strolling along the beach or kayaking through the mangroves. I also enjoy a great dip in the pool. The Highlander Pool is a great place for the entire family. Most everyone knows about the fantastic Kiwanis Sprayground that delights the fancies of small children, but this summer there is a new attraction in town. The Highlander Pool added a double waterslide for the “big kids” to enjoy. The second thing I love about July are Independence Day celebrations and fireworks! I mean, fireworks are always amazing to watch. The beautiful displays of beautiful lights against the night sky in amazing shapes and patterns. I especially love the golden showers that seem to sparkle like confetti floating down to earth. But firework celebrations in honor of our great nation make these displays even more special. It reminds me how blessed we are to live in such a great country, the

Dunedin As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, you and I should reflect on the many changes to our constitution over the years, and that despite its own relatively youthful age, America has continued to evolve, make changes and improve. In spite of our complacency, of our poor political leadership and of our basic laziness from time to time in trying to do our part to improve this country, Americans’ success in pursuit of a better life has been rather resilient. On so many levels our country continues to be an example of opportunity, of personal freedoms and a way of life that many people want their families to experience! So, on this birthday of the United States of America, let’s ask ourselves three questions. First, is this the same country that continues to hold the values set out by our forefathers and improved over time? Is this the country where I want my kids and their kids to live their lives and pursue their dreams? And, am I a person who can help this country refocus and improve? Reflecting on, recommitting to, refocusing on and reenergizing this great country should involve all of us. I think it is worth it and I am positive so do many of you! This summer in Dunedin, we in government are beginning to do budget work for our City that will include October 1st, 2013 through September 30th, 2014 (called Budget 2014). Tax revenues have stopped falling but by no means have they all started to rise again. We have worked hard while downsizing to minimize service reductions and we should be very careful not to expand again, too soon, or too quickly. Hopefully, we in government have learned our lessons. Capital expansion that improves the City’s vision and that increases efficiencies should be considered, as interest expenses and construction costs have never been as low as they are now. Spending of the public’s dollar should receive our scrutiny, should be transparently discussed and should be carefully considered before “getting the nod” during our upcoming workshops. In Dunedin, budget workshops will take place on July 8th, 10th and 15th at 9am and we will be setting our proposed property tax rate by July 19th. A draft copy of the proposed budget workshop material is now available. We continue to reach out to the Blue Jays in an effort to kick start negotiations that would extend our 36-year relationship. We will continue to have a positive and creative mind set as we

dunedin mayor continued on page 9 land of opportunity and freedom. Lastly, July is about picnics. What better way to decompress from the stress of our everyday lives and spend true quality time with friends and loved ones. Now, holiday gatherings are great, but they seem to come with Vince Gizzi, Parks and their own stress factors. Recreation Director Making sure the Thanksgiving turkey and meals are cooked just right, cleaning the house for company or buying gifts and sending cards for everyone on your list. But a summer picnic is a chance to just sit back, toss a Frisbee, eat a burger and enjoy the company of those you love the most. It is no coincidence that the National Recreation and Park Association and the City of Dunedin have declared the month of July as National Park and Recreation Month. “I Love Parks and Recreation” is the theme this year. We are taking time to showcase all the reasons that we love Parks and Recreation and the wonderful opportunities they provide. From dips in the pool, to picnics at Weaver Park, we want to know what you love the most. The Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department is dedicated to improving the quality of life for its residents. Make sure you come out to the free “Hometown USA” celebration on Thursday, July 4th at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Enjoy an afternoon and evening of Dunedin Blue Jays baseball followed by a live concert and fireworks, of course!

July Highlights

7/3 & 7/4, Kiwanis Morton Plant Mease Midnight Run, 10pm-2am. Dunedin Causeway.

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What’s New At The Library by Phyllis Gorshe Library Director Happy Summer! The weather is warm but you can cool down with some great reads at the library. We have a summer of fun planned for our Youth, Teen and Adult Summer Reading Programs. The Dunedin Public Library participates in the statewide summer reading program for those in elementary school. The goal of the Florida Library Youth Program is “to encourage children in Florida to become lifelong readers and library users.” This year “Dig Into Reading!” is the theme. When you sign up to participate at the Youth Services Desk, you will receive a 2013 summer reading log and a bag full of freebies, stickers and bookmarks. Then, stop by the Youth Services Desk each week throughout the summer to turn in your reading log and receive a prize. Weekly participants will have the opportunity to be entered in our weekly gift card give-away. Teens also have a summer reading program. Just read a book, fill out a reading slip and put it in the duct tape box in the Teen Alcove. The top teen reader every week will win a book. All kids can join the “Reading with the Rays” program to win a free game ticket – details available at the Youth Services Desk. Read all summer

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.

• Regulating weight and appetite by reducing cravings for sugar, soft drinks, bread and pasta.

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Part I: Healthy Foods To Try by Jai McFall Organic Living Garden Center Here are some foods that you may not have heard of or tasted before but are good for you for many reasons. Not everyone will do well with all of these foods, but the vast majority will have health improvements by regularly consuming them. It is always important to listen to your body and let it guide you in making choices but try these and see what you think. Many people are leery about trying new foods. So, take a small portion and give it an honest try. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries before you realize, “Yes, I do like this!” With some foods though, like fermented vegetables, you will need to start with very small amounts and work your way up to a healthy dose over a few months. Many of these you can make at home or grow for yourself.

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and get free Ray prizes each time you round a base on the game card. We didn’t forget about our Adult readers. The rules are simple for the Adult Summer Reading Program: • Read (or listen to) anything you like at your own pace. • Get entered into the weekly prize drawings for signing up. • Get another entry for each book you read. • Part of the fun of reading is sharing what you have read with others. You will have the opportunity to write your own reviews which will be posted for others to read. • Receive a “Groundbreaking” reading list compiled by the library staff. • Read seven books or more for an entry into the grand prize drawing for two Rays tickets! We have some great programs lined up this summer in keeping with the theme of “Groundbreaking Reads” including Digging the Native Plants in Your Garden, Caves of Florida, Digging up Your Roots (genealogy), Rockhounding, a Groundbreaking Craft Workshop and ending with our ever popular summer luncheon. This year our luncheon speaker will be author, I. Mac Perry who will present a fascinating slide narrative of an archaeological dig that was done in his St. Petersburg front yard. Funding for the Adult Summer Reading Program is provided by the Dunedin Friends of the Library. Some programs require advance sign-up. For more information call the Adult Information Desk at (727) 298-3080, ext. 1707. ◆

Fermented, or cultured, vegetables are teeming with essential enzymes and good bacteria needed for optimal digestion and they are easier to digest than raw or cooked vegetables. When you eat raw cultured vegetables loaded with enzymes, you give your body an opportunity to use its bodily stores of enzymes to rejuvenate itself instead of exhausting them trying to digest overly processed and otherwise dead food. Cultured foods also offer a multitude of medicinal rewards by: • Alleviating digestive disorders. • Strengthening immunity with increased antibodies that fight off infectious disease. • Helping pregnant and nursing mothers transfer beneficial bacteria to their infants. • Effectively impacting the behavior of children with autism, ADD and ADHD.

Kale contains fiber and antioxidants, and is one of the best sources of vitamin A, which promotes eye and skin health and may help strengthen your immune system. A one-cup serving has almost as much vitamin C as an orange and as much calcium as a cup of milk. It is simply an excellent source of multiple vitamins and other nutrients. You can eat it raw in salads if it is fresh picked, make kale chips, cook it or blend it up with other veggies for an energy boost.

Kefir And Other Fermented Beverages

Kefir is a fermented milk beverage that contains beneficial probiotics that may help give your immune system a boost, among other health benefits. And, you can make it yourself. A quart of kefir has far more active bacteria than you can possibly purchase in any probiotic supplement, and it is very economical to make your own as you can reuse the kefir from the original quart of milk about 10 times before you need to start a new culture pack. This is also a far healthier, and far more economical, way to nourish your body with probiotics than buying any of the commercial probiotic beverages on the market, as these typically contain added sugars and are made using pasteurized milk. Kombucha, another fermented drink, is also a great addition to your diet. The key is variety. The greater the variety of fermented and cultured foods you include in your diet, the better, as each food will inoculate your stomach with a variety of different beneficial microorganisms.


These tiny fish are packed with vitamin D and omega-3 fats, which are excellent for your heart, brain, mood and more. And, because of their lower position on the food chain, they don’t accumulate as many toxins, such as mercury, PCB’s and dioxin, as larger fish do, making them among the safest fish you can eat. Incorporate as many of these foods into your diet on a daily or weekly basis as you can and see how you feel. Next month, I will continue with more foods that provide excellent health benefits. ◆ Jai McFall is available at the Organic Living Center, 601 Patricia Ave., Dunedin, (727) 324-4435 or

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Calendar Of Events by Patricia Perez Library Director 7/2, Friends of East Lake Library, 6:30pm. 7/9, Advisory Board, 6pm.

Special Events

7/12, Chef’s Table, 12pm. Find a recipe from your favorite cook book, prepare the dish at home and then bring it to the library to share with other fabulous cooks at a yummy potluck. 7/13, The Florida Civil War Years, 11am. As part of our Viva 500 celebration, Keith Kohl, a Civil War historian, will give a presentation on Florida’s role in the Civil War. He will give a powerpoint presentation and pinpoint places of historical interest. 7/16, Author’s Showcase, 6:30pm. This month’s featured speaker is Suzin Carr, author of the children’s book “I Choose” which was illustrated by her seven-year-old son, Chandler. 7/24, Leepa-Ratner Museum of Art, 2pm. Sharon Bressen, Docent at the Museum of Art, will give a presentation on upcoming exhibits. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 7/2, Yoga Story Time, 11am-12pm. Bring the whole family for a special story intertwined with fun and healthy yoga postures. 7/15, Read to Bailey, 11:30am. Children can read to Bailey, a wonderful therapy dog who can help them improve their reading skills. 7/15 thru 7/19 and 7/29 thru 8/2, Summer Art

East Lake Camp with Lauren, 12pm. Enjoy an hour of crafts and creativity. There will be an art show at the end of the class. Registration required. 7/26, Mr. McWiz & the Wonders of Air Pressure, 11am. Mr. McWiz will demonstrate the wonders of air pressure and how airplanes stay up in the sky. 7/27, Saturday Matinee, 1pm. Come join your friends for a delightful movie that the entire family will enjoy. Mondays, Lego Club, 10:30am. Join your friends and make new creations at this popular offering. Tuesdays, Toddler Story Time, 10:15am. Children enjoy stories and songs while sitting with their favorite grown-up. Ages birth to 3 years. Tuesdays, Preschool Story Time, 11am. Come join Miss Cheryl for a story and a craft. Ages 3-5. Wednesdays, Infant Massage and Yoga, 10am. Learn calming massage and yoga techniques for infants up to crawling age. Thursdays, Kid’s Book Club, 1pm. Each week, the children will decide what book to read for the next Book Club meeting. If you love to read and discuss books, this is the place for you this summer. Program runs through Thursday, August 1st. TEEN PROGRAMS 7/13, Teen Movie Night, 3pm. Join the Teen Group and see a movie that will be exciting to everyone. (Hint: Gandalf and Bilbo would approve). Snacks and drinks will be provided. Ages 13+. Saturdays, Teen Council, 3-4pm. Gather with the ELCL Teen Council to help coordinate events for the teens in our community. Bring a friend! Teen Tutors. Free assistance with Math, English, Reading and Biology. Registration required. ADULT PROGRAMS 7/3, Book Club, 6:30-7:45pm. This month’s selection will be “Restoration” by Olaf Olafsson. This novel is about the life of British author Iris Origo, who lived on a multi-farm estate in Italy during World War II where she sheltered refugee

children from the Germans. Come join in our lively discussion. 7/8 & 7/22, ELCL Writer’s Critique Group, 6-7:45pm. This is a workshop for writers of all levels. Read excerpts of your works in progress and receive helpful feedback. 7/9, ELCL Cinema, 1pm. Watching a movie is a great way to spend an afternoon. Call for details. 7/17, Sit and Sew, 6-7:45pm. Share your Needle Art skills. Bring any projects you are working on. All needle crafts are encouraged. Enjoy quality time stitched with tips and new ideas. 7/24, ELCL Quilters, 6-7:45pm. Get started on a

lifetime of beautiful projects today. All skill levels. COMPUTER CLASSES Computer Boot Camp. Call for a one-on-one session with our teen experts. Registration required. Saturdays, Master Computer Class, 12pm. All skill levels will benefit from this one-on-one assistance in Word, Excel and more. Registration required. ◆

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immediately, you can make a difference by using your CERT training to save lives and protect property. This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster. With training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to protect yourself and do the greatest good for the greatest number after a disaster. The class is free and topics covered will include Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety and Utility Controls, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue Operations, Disaster Psychology and Terrorism and CERT. More details are available at For local information contact Barb Conciatori at or (727) 781-5855 or District Chief Mark Teolis at or (727) 787-8668. ◆


re you prepared for an emergency? Do you have an emergency plan for you and your family? The East Lake Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be presenting a CERT Basic Training class at the East Lake Station 57 located at 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd. in Palm Harbor on Friday, July 12th from 6-9pm, Saturday, July 13th from 8am-5pm and Sunday, July 14th from 12:30-5pm. CERT Basic Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself and to help others in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone

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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Baseball, Fireworks And All The Hot Dogs You Can Eat by Jerry Custin, President & CEO Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce The Oldsmar Holiday Sharing Program is holding its 4th Annual “Christmas in July Charity Softball Game” at Bright House Field on Saturday, July 6th at 4pm. This game features a team composed of Oldsmar City Officials and Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce board and staff members against a team from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The proceeds will benefit the Holiday Sharing Program

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Green Initiatives: The New Fuel For Thought by Linda Norris Oldsmar City Council Member It was his dislike of horses that motivated our City’s founder to build automobiles in the late 1800’s. Ransom E. Olds was ahead of his time. He was one of the few who built steam, gasoline and yes, electric powered cars. More than 100 years later, Oldsmar became the first municipality in the Tampa Bay Area to install charging stations for EV’s (Electric Vehicles). The City has also added four EV’s and three hybrids to its fleet, reducing its demand for fuel. Last spring, Oldsmar became the first City in Pinellas County to implement Single Stream

Oldsmar which provides support to needy families in the area including Holiday gifts and bicycles for children. This event is open to the public. The cost is $17.50 which includes a ticket for the softball game followed by the Clearwater Threshers vs. Lakeland Tigers baseball game beginning at 6:30pm. The ticket also includes all you care to eat and drink (soft drinks and bottled water) at the Hot Corner Café and $2 draft beer from 5-8pm. Stick around under the Tiki Hut and enjoy the area’s best fireworks after the game. This is a great family evening and children under four are free. You can order tickets online from the chamber website at or call the chamber office at (813) 855-4233 for information. The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce serves both businesses and residents located in and around Oldsmar and Northwest Hillsborough County including Westchase, Citrus Park and Town ‘N Country. ◆ Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, 163 State Road 580 W., Oldsmar, (813) 855-4233, Hours of Service: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

Recycling, doubling our residential recycling participation and further reducing waste going to a landfill or ending up in our oceans. It takes 700 years for plastic to decompose. Eventually, about 50 percent of all plastics generated globally end up in the ocean. I urge you to read the article “Perils of Plastic” at for more information on how each of us can help to keep Tampa Bay and our oceans healthier. Oldsmar’s recycling program is part of the solution. In May 2013, Oldsmar’s Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant became LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. Since the plant began distribution, it has reduced the demand on the regional water supply by 1.5 million gallons of water per day. Oldsmar’s oldest building, built in 1918, became our first LEED certified building in 2012. Over 165 tons of construction waste was recycled, reused or repurposed during the renovation. For example, the drywall was crushed to mix with filler soil and the doors were donated to a national housing charity. Just this month, Oldsmar received a “Green City” designation at the silver level. Employees worked very hard to implement environmentalfriendly changes to City policies. Oldsmar has been on the leading edge of green initiatives and will continue to be stewards of the environment. ◆


Oldsmar Scavenger Hunt by Bert Weber Library Director In 1512, Juan Ponce de Leon received royal permission from Spain to begin an expedition to look for land north of Cuba. In March of 1513, he left Puerto Rico and arrived at a land he called La Florida, which means land of flowers in Spanish. 2013 marks the 500th anniversary of his discovery and the State of Florida is celebrating all year long with special events that showcase the many aspects of Florida’s history, culture, heritage and nature. You can find more information about all of the Viva Florida 500 events by visiting Libraries are playing a large role in the celebrations and events as well. Libraries across the state are holding events, sponsoring lectures, creating time capsules and hosting a wide range of activities to celebrate and recognize this historic anniversary. To celebrate this occasion and to showcase our own history, the library has created an interesting historical scavenger hunt through Oldsmar

for kids to participate in this summer. This simple hunt sends you to several nearby locations that have historical significance that you are probably not aware of. Do you know what the “Olds Chair” looks like? The library has several replicas you can look at and sit in and your historical journey begins with those. Continue through several locations including Oldsmar’s first park, the former location of the town’s casino and visit one of Oldsmar’s oldest buildings that is still in use today. For more information, the hunt includes QR codes that can be scanned for even more information about the historical locations. Your journey begins at the library, where you can pick up a copy of the rules and the questions that need to be answered during your journey. You can also find the scavenger hunt on our website at The scavenger hunt is made for kids but they will need some help from parents to get them around from location to location. This is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family, so visit us today to get started! Answers to all five questions will be accepted through August 10th and all participants that submit the correct answers by that date will be entered into a grand prize drawing. Happy hunting! ◆ 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 Creation Of The Municipal Service Taxing Unit

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Part III: Special Election by Gene Coppola Library Director Last month, this series continued with a timeline of the funding efforts of the Friends of the Library and local civic organizations. This month I will discuss the creation of a Special Status District and the need for a Special Referendum Election to allow Palm Harbor residents the right to choose how to raise funds for the new library.

Creation Of Palm Harbor Special Fire Control District

In February, 1985, State Senator Curt Kiser proposed a bill to the State Legislature to create a Special Status District for the area within the boundaries delineated by the Palm Harbor and East Lake Fire Districts. By creating this special district, without becoming a City, Palm Harbor residents would gain the power to tax themselves for various services, including a library and keep their boundaries free from the threat of annexation. That meant Palm Harbor would become eligible for a library construction grant without having to wait for a countywide system to be established. In April, 1985, an Advisory Committee was formed to assist the Friends of the Library’s Board of Directors with building plans and financial help. The Palm Harbor Library building fund topped $100,000 in May. The library then resubmitted its application for the $200,000 state grant. Senator Kiser proposed that his bill for the Palm Harbor Special Fire Control District (PHSFCD) be decided by July. This later version excluded the East Lake Fire District from the Special Taxing District area because of opposition expressed by some East Lake residents. The bill retained the five-member Pinellas Board of County Commissioners as the area’s governing body, but prohibited the Commissioners from levying unwanted taxes on the area. It also contained a provision allowing Palm Harbor residents to override the County Commission if the Commission did not agree to its petition requests. Early in June, Senator Kiser’s bill was approved by the Legislature and the Governor signed it.

The Library had to submit the wording for the proposed November referendum to tax the residents of the newly created Special Status District for the construction of a library by July 15th. The county set aside about two to three acres of land for the library board to lease located near the old Palm Harbor Senior Citizens Center on Omaha Circle. The library would need about $300,000 to build the new building and about $1,000 per month to pay for utilities and books. One full-time staff member and a volunteer staff could operate the new building. In July, the referendum proposition that would create the library district and set the tax rate to support it was drawn up. It went to the County Commissioners for approval so that they could coordinate it with the County Supervisor of Elections for the Special Referendum Election and then be put to the voters. In August, the Pinellas County Election officials discovered that the referendum needed an enabling county ordinance to establish a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for the Palm Harbor Special Fire Control District. This ordinance needed to be voted upon by the County Commission before the Palm Harbor residents could vote on the referendum for the .25-mil ad valorem tax for the library and a companion referendum on local recreation facilities. The Commission had to approve the ordinance by early September in order to advertise the October 15th referendum on September 9th and September 24th. The ordinance would terminate automatically if neither referendum question was approved. The County Commissioners would govern the MSTU by contracting with a non-profit corporation called the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency (PHCSA) to administer the business operations of the district. The PHCSA would consist of two officers from the Palm Harbor Friends of the Library, Inc., two officers from the Palm Harbor Youth Recreation League, Inc., two board members from the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce and one at-large member that would be appointed by the County Commissioners. The MSTU for Palm Harbor had 20,472 registered voters. The $10,000 cost of the election was paid for by the library and the Recreation League. On October 15th, 1985, both of the referendums passed by wide margins! Next month, I will talk about how the building got built and beyond. ◆ 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.

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Legal Or Not, Fireworks Are Risky by Liz Monforti


arm weather and family events make the 4th of July a fun time with great memories for years to come. It just wouldn’t be the same without a few fireworks, but before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

• Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets and sparklers are just too dangerous. Sparklers can reach up to 1,200 degrees – glass melts at 900 degrees! • Never try to make your own fireworks. • Steer clear of others. Fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. • Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time. • Keep your pets indoors to reduce the risk that they will run loose or get injured. Happy 4th of July and stay safe! ◆ Liz Monforti, Public Education/Information for Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, 250 West Lake Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 784-0454.

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According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 90 percent of emergency room firework injuries involve fireworks people are permitted to use. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home – leave it to the professionals. “Safe and sane fireworks don’t exist,” says Dr. John Hall, NFPA’s Division Manager of Fire Analysis and Research. “When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast, far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond.” The good news is you and your family can still enjoy the 4th of July and fireworks by observing the following safety tips:

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Message From The Recreation Director by Erica Lynford Director of Parks and Recreation What can I say, summer is here, storms are here and the kids are here! We are so excited that we have the ability to adjust programming to accommodate a day camp here at the Centre. The kids are enjoying a safe environment, with many fun activities. We were also able to lease a passenger van to take campers on field trips. On June 2nd, the Farmer’s Market returned to Palm Harbor. CSA Palm Harbor has partnered with the Palm Harbor Historical Museum to bring the market to Pop Stansell Park year round. Please come out on Sundays from 10am-2pm to pick up some great deals and support your local museum. On June 9th, the Centre was the location of a fundraiser for Ireland Nugent of Palm Harbor. The community came together to benefit this young girl. To witness the outpouring of love for this family makes me thrilled to be a part of such a great community. Thank you Palm Harbor! You may have noticed that the fishing pier at Pop Stansell Park has been in need of repairs. Thanks once again to Pinellas County. They stepped in and assisted in replacing the pier so that everyone can enjoy our great community park and fishing pier.

n Saturday, May 21st the Palm Harbor Youth Flag Football League hosted their 2013 Championship Tournament. Uniquely four sets of brothers were on the two winning teams, the Pythons and Pressure. The Pythons, ages 7-9, had a season ending record of nine wins and one loss – to the Bolts. The Pythons defeated the Bolts in the final game, winning 14-0. During the season, the Pythons scored 246 points and only allowed 19 points to be scored against them. Pressure, ages 10-11, was undefeated during the 2013 season. Dalton Beasey, Logan Bourbeau and Dylan Sparkman, all from Palm Harbor, and Micah McKee of Dunedin played on the Pythons team. Brothers Wyatt Beasey, Lucas Bourbeau, Colby Sparkman and Ezra McKee played on Pressure. These brothers shared championship trophies, on the same day, on the same field. For more information contact Coach Dave Marcsisin at (727) 648-8008 or Coach Rich Beasey at (407) 758-8187. ◆ At the time of this writing, our leaks have been hammered dry! We are so grateful to have a safe waterproof roof over our heads. It was a little loud in here this past month with the hammers and saws up on the roof but entirely worth it. Again, thank you Pinellas County for the cooperative spirit in getting these desperately needed repairs accomplished. The soccer fields at our Putnam facility will be closed this summer for renovation. New sod has been planted and we are hopeful the summer rains will give it plenty of water to root and be ready for play in August. Please respect the “Fields Closed” signs at the facility. The closure is necessary to promote healthier growth and a safer playing surface for the fields. A reminder to all of our friends out there this summer. Dehydration is a very serious health condition. Please be extremely careful when you are planning outdoor activities and stay hydrated. Also, respect that this area of Florida is the “Lightning Capital” of the country. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from an actual storm cloud. So, if you hear thunder, seek safe shelter as you may be in danger of getting struck by lightning.

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7/19, Dinner/Dance, 5-8pm. Come join us for a great meal and live entertainment. Dinner is served from 5-6pm and live entertainment will begin at 6pm. 7/26, Ice Cream Social, 2:30-3:30pm. Free ice cream for all that come and visit us for some delicious treats. ◆ 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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Teen Events Abound At The Library This Summer by Lisa Kothe Library Director For teens, summer is a time to kick back, relax and sleep in. Some teens may have a part-time summer job or volunteer, but if your teen needs something to do, remind them to look at their library for fun events or to check out or download a good book. Teens can also spend spare time preparing for their SAT’s using study resources including the “Learning Express Library” online resource which provides practice tests and online study guides available through the library website. For aspiring teen writers, we are offering a five-week “Creative Writing Workshop” and several writing contests to showcase their talents, along with financial workshops, a clothing swap and more. Our “Teen Summer Reading Program” is also going on. Read or listen to a book, fill out a short form and drop it off at the library to be eligible to win cool gift cards. Our 3rd annual “Teen Creative Writing Workshop” will be held on Tuesdays evenings on July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd from 6-7:30pm. This workshop will focus on key elements of writing, such as plot, character and story development, pacing, setting, dialogue and point of view. So, if

Safety Harbor you are an aspiring writer of any level, and you enjoy great storytelling, join us to experiment with words and find your voice. Bring a notebook, a pencil and your imagination! Registration is required by calling (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112. Submit a short story to the “Viva Florida 500 Writing Contest” which is open to all ages through August 15th to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s east coast. Visit our website at, look for Programs and click on the image of Viva Florida 500 for submission guidelines, age categories and prize information. Two teen financial literacy workshops entitled “Your Career, Your Finances and You” will be offered on Monday, July 22nd and Tuesday, July


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dunedin mayor from page 5 dialogue with our Major League Baseball partners, the Toronto Blue Jays. Please let us know how you feel and any ideas you have that would help keep them here another 25 years. You can contact us through our website at or contact me directly by email at Don’t forget the July 4th celebrations, “Hometown USA” at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium including a concert and fireworks and the Orange Festival on July 6th at Edgewater Park. Enjoy the summer and remember to keep your families safe as they enjoy our pools and boating on St. Joseph sound. God Bless each one of you and your families. ◆ Dave Eggers can be reached at (727) 298-3001 or

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Finding Great Summer Reads by Cari Rupkalvis Library Director The Tarpon Springs Public Library has numerous resources to help you find great books to read this summer and throughout the year. The library staff can assist you in making reading selections and using our readers’ advisory tools. Our print resources for locating recommended books include publications with book reviews such as “BookPage” and “The New York Review of Books”

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arpon Springs residents are advised that Tarpon Springs Middle School will not be available for shelter space until mid-August due to school construction. You are asked to utilize one of the following alternate shelters: Eastlake High School 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, East Lake Palm Harbor University High School 1800 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor Carwise Middle School 3301 Bentley Drive, Palm Harbor For further information contact the City of Tarpon Springs at (727) 938-3711. ◆

Tarpon Springs and guides to suggested reads for your area of interest. In addition, we offer book lists for different age groups and book displays on a variety of topics. We also have readers’ advisory tools available electronically through our website at “NoveList Plus” provides detailed author, title and series information. This online database can be searched in many different ways including by reading level, plot description, number of pages and author’s nationality. You can find book recommendations for multiple genres and also browse award winners and notable books. Author read-alikes are offered to introduce you to new authors who write like your favorites. Special extras include feature articles, book discussion guides and book talks. “NoveList” is also integrated into our online library catalog. When you search for books in our library catalog, NoveList features automatically display for your selected title. Series information and reading suggestions are provided along with ratings and reviews from “Goodreads” which is a social network for readers and NoveList partner. The catalog also links to the full NoveList database. In addition, the library catalog has lists of new titles, best sellers and the winners of the Sunshine State Young Readers Award. “Books and Authors” is another readers’ advisory database, which is provided through the Florida Electronic Library. This online resource contains lists of award winners, best sellers, expert picks and librarian favorites. You can browse and search books by title, author and genre. A “Who, What, Where, When” tool leads you to results based on your selection of character type, subject, location and time period. A character name search is also available. Some other features are seasonal suggestions, a Read-ALike Wizard and a Reading Room personal account. We hope you and your family and friends enjoy lots of good books this summer. By participating in our summer reading programs for adults,

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Summer might also offer you an opportunity to try one of our many exercise classes. After all, it is swimsuit weather. • Zumba: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30pm at Craig Park Recreation Center. • Jazzercise: M&W&F, 6pm, T&Th, 8:15am, Sat, 9:15am at the Community Center. • Cardio Kick Boxing: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30pm at Craig Park Recreation Center. • Fit for Life Boot Camp: Monday-Friday, 6am at the Tarpon Springs gymnasium. • Track: Wednesdays, 5:30am at Tarpon Springs High School. Our martial arts classes also continue during the summer months: • Tae Kwon Do: Monday & Wednesday, 6:30pm, Sat, 8:45am at Craig Park Recreation Center. • Judo: Tuesday & Thursday, 7:30pm at Craig Park Recreation Center. And don’t forget about our continuing Sunset Beach concert series. July 25th will host the rock and roll band, “Doyle’s Revenge” playing at 7pm. I want to take this time to welcome our new sponsor, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, for underwriting the rest of the concerts which allow us to offer them free of charge. Catch the free shuttle bus at the high school to avoid the parking hassles. Many of you will be enjoying summer vacation either by staying at home or traveling. I will be attending my family reunion this month in South Carolina. Summer is a great time to reconnect with family and friends. Vacations serve a purpose – we need the rest and relaxation to rejuvenate us. No matter what your plans, make it a safe and fun summer. ◆ 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.


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ue to the over whelming 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 July, Nature’s Food Patch hosts free seminars for health and wellness. For a complete list of seminars and more information visit 7/8 thru 7/12, Vacation Bible School, 6-8:15pm. Five night of free games, crafts, music and fun including dinner. Pre-K through 6th grade. Community United Methodist Church, 207 Buckingham Ave. E., Oldsmar. Call Susan Griffin at (813) 855-8811. 7/11, “Easy Yard Maintenance for the Lazy Gardener” Class, 2pm or 6:15pm. Did you know that over 300 aliens live in Florida? From walking catfish to boa constrictors to Brazilian peppers, our native species are being pushed out of their own homes. Why worry? Almost every species of animal evolved alongside the plants that grow here. As gardeners, we need to help our natives survive.

Sandy Huff will be presenting a short, informative program on which plants to watch for. Sponsored by the UF/IFAS Pinellas County Master Gardeners. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Class is free, registration requested at or by calling (727) 582-2603 by 7/10. 7/17, Create a Serenity Garden, 9:30am. Jackie Rhea-Almeida of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscapers Association, will speak to the Safety Harbor Garden Club. She will discuss noise reduction techniques, colors, textures, space use, plant resources and maintenance. Safety Harbor Museum, 329 S. Bayshore Blvd., Safety Harbor. The public is welcome. Refreshments and plant exchange. Call (727) 726-6159. 7/18, Pasco and North Pinellas Ombudsman Council Meeting, 10am. An ombudsman is a specially trained and certified volunteer who has been given authority under federal and state law to identify, investigate and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, long-term care facility residents. Interested parties should attend as volunteers are needed. Saint Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, 7120 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Call Lynn V. Penley at (727) 376-2788. 7/20, Upper Pinellas Singles Picnic, 6pm. Meet at the Dunedin Causeway (weather permitting) on

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7/4, Hometown USA Celebration, 4pm. Event begins with a Dunedin Blue Jays vs. Clearwater Threshers baseball game at 4:15pm, followed by a live concert with the “Greg Billings Band” and then fireworks beginning about 9:30pm. Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. 7/6, Orange Festival, 10am. Edgewater Park. 7/12, 2nd Friday Wine/Art Walk, 5:30-8:30pm. Pioneer Park. 7/13, 7/14, 7/20 & 7/21, Dunedin Showcase Kids Theater, 2pm. “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe” will be presented inside at the Dunedin Community Center on the 13th and 14th. The shows on the 20th and 21st will be presented outside at Rotary Pavilion. Saturdays, Green Market Days, 8am-12:30pm. Pioneer Park. ◆

teens or children, you have the opportunity to win prizes. Reading over the summer also rewards students by helping to prevent reading loss and improve school performance. 7/10, Mr. Ray’s Creepy Crawlers, 2pm. Registration required. Ages 6-12. 7/11, Jack and the Beanstalk, 11am. Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum. Ages 4+. 7/17, Kid Chemistry, 2pm. Registration required. Ages 6-12. 7/18, Fritzy Brothers One Man Circus, 11am. Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum. Ages 4+. 7/19, The Magic of Air Pressure with Mr. McWiz, 3pm. Registration required. 7/20 & 7/27, Teen Financial Literacy and Job Skills Program, 1-3:30pm. Ages 12-18. ◆

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101 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor. Call Dottie Russell at (727) 742-4800 or visit Every 4th Tuesday, The Ronald Reagan Republican Club of Pinellas County, 6pm. Meets at Kally K’s Restaurant, 1600 Main St., Dunedin. Dinner 6pm, meeting 7pm. Call (727) 736-8087. Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday, Tarpon Talkers Toastmasters, 6:30pm. Be more confident at public speaking. St. Petersburg College, Klosterman Rd., Kappa Portable Building. Call (727) 942-9008. Every Thursday, Genealogy Assistance, 1-3pm. Help with ancestry research. Study Room 4, Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Every Thursday, Italian Lessons, 5-8pm. Presented by the Sons of Italy Central Gulf Coast Lodge #2708. Beginners 5pm, Intermediates 6:30pm. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 787-3344. Every Thursday, Palm Harbor Toastmasters Club 8248, 7-8:30pm. Community club meets at the Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Guests welcome. Call Jack Lynch at (727) 542-6100 or visit 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 call Barbara Howell at (727) 734-0733. Every 1st Friday, Tarpon Springs Princess Chasco Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1:30pm. Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 Lemon St., Tarpon Springs. Call Pat Jackson, Chapter Regent at (727) 934-9825. Every 1st & 3rd Friday, “Laughter Masters” Toastmasters Club, 6:30-7:30pm. One of the newest clubs of Toastmasters in Pinellas County draws its members by keeping things on the lighter side. AAMCO Building, 27989 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Clearwater. Visitors and guests are warmly welcomed. Call (707) 694-5683. Every Saturday, Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA), 8:30-10am. FA is a Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, over-eating, under-eating and bulimia. Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Rd., Room 103, Dunedin. Call David Y. at (727) 786-3113. Every Saturday, Nar-Anon Family Group, 10am. United Methodist Church, 207 Buckingham Ave., Oldsmar. Every 3rd Saturday, Friends and Family CPR Course, 12pm. Hosted by Sunstar Paramedics, 12490 Ulmerton Rd., Largo. Free course but no certification card issued. Call (727) 582-2068. ◆ For more information contact the club listed. Send your club activities and events to

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