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he Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will present the 38th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival in Historic Downtown Palm Harbor on Florida Ave. Festival hours are Saturday, December 1st from 10-5pm and Sunday, December 2nd from 10-4pm. This is a juried art show and winning artists will be invited to display their artwork at the Centre and the Palm Harbor Library. The festival was founded by Louise and Bill Hoskins and a visual arts scholarship is awarded to a local high school student in their honor. Some of the proceeds from the festival help to fund this scholarship. See the Chamber of Commerce article and ad on page 11 for further details.

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he Tarpon Springs Thanksgiving Art & Craft Festival returns on Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, 25th from 10am to 5pm to Historic Downtown Tarpon Springs. The outdoor showcase has been a fall favorite for over 20 years and has always been held during Thanksgiving weekend. With the Holiday’s right around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors alike to shop for their gift giving needs. The weekend event will feature the original works of new and upcoming talent as well as established artists and crafters offering a great selection of unique gifts. See the Chamber of Commerce article on page 14 for further details.

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The Sheriff’s Beat by Bob Gualtieri Pinellas County Sheriff Thieves have developed many creative means to separate you from your money, your identity or both. These tactics may surface on your computer, in the mail or in any simple daily transaction. While our Economic Crimes Unit is here to assist should you become a victim, the Sheriff’s Office would like to take the opportunity to offer some tips that may help you detect fraud and keep your identity safe. Your computer and laptop are prime targets through which nameless, faceless criminals gain access to your personal and financial information. To reduce your vulnerability, update your virus protection software regularly; do not download files from strangers and incorporate “firewalls” or “anti-spyware” into your computer security. Use “strong” passwords versus easily identifiable ones like names and birthdays of family members or your social security number. Refrain from providing phone solicitors any of your personal information. Do not provide information through mail solicitations that promise “free” vacations, miracle medical “cures” or “free money” if you just send in a certain form. Be suspicious of a sweepstakes notice that requires you to pay for a prize “won” upfront. An identity thief can turn your world upsidedown. By stealing your personal information, they can tap into your bank accounts, run up your credit cards and apply for new ones. They can even

take out loans, rent an apartment and establish utility services. Reduce the likelihood of becoming their target by shredding financial documents, credit card bills or any documents with your account numbers. Protect your social security number. Don’t give it out unless absolutely necessary. Keep your personal information in a secure place in your home. Remember that elderly family members and friends are amongst the most vulnerable to those who would gain their trust in order to deceive them and take their money. Advise and assist them on how to safeguard their personal information; and be aware that there are detectable signs that could suggest that they may be a victim of elder exploitation or abuse. Some examples include sudden changes in legal documents, suspicious signatures on checks and financial changes in the person’s accounts. You may notice an increase in “charitable” donations, new insurance policies or changes in mortgage activity; or perhaps note a change in the elderly person’s habits. Even though it may be impossible to totally eliminate the chances of becoming a victim of identity theft, there are additional preventive steps a consumer can take to secure their finances. Order and review a copy of your credit report from This service is free and you will receive reports from all three of the major credit bureaus: Equifax 1-800-525-6285; Experian 1-888-397-3742 and TransUnion 1-800-680-7289. Review your credit card, telephone, cell phone and banks statement for irregularities. Contact creditors immediately if you discover any discrepancies. If you do become a victim of identity theft, report it immediately to all major credit bureaus; the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-IDTHEFT or and the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or And last but not least, report the crime to your local law enforcement agency. ◆ Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is available at (727) 582-6200, fax (727) 582-6459.

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Happy Anniversary To Weedon Island Preserve by Susan Latvala Pinellas County Commissioner It could have been a state park with lots of paved roads, picnic shelters, barbecue pits and sports fields. Instead, it is a tribute to Native American lore and remains a trove of archaeological wonders reflecting Pinellas County’s commitment to culture and history. It is Weedon Island Preserve, of course, in St. Petersburg, managed by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. This month, November 2nd to be exact, the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center marked its 10th anniversary as one of Pinellas County’s premier learning centers. From the beginning, the building was intended to pay tribute to the ancient cultures, as the views and opinions of local Native American groups were incorporated into the structure’s design. The foundation is laid out precisely according to the four cardinal points of the compass, with the entrance facing due east. Windows open the building up to all four directions; a skylight on the roof opens it up to the heavens. Red was one color to be avoided. Rather, the building’s designers incorporated harmonious earth tones in the color scheme. Even the ribbon cutting ceremony was held true to Native American tradition. Students from

The education center’s curved structural design is reminiscent of the ancient pottery found on Weedon Island. the Seminole Ahfachkee School on the Big Cypress Reservation near Clewiston presented the center with its first Native American artifacts and Seminole elder Bobby Henry performed a traditional Native American blessing to consecrate the grounds. In the years hence, the center has been a focus for learning and discovery. The exhibit hall has hosted art displays such as the Rainforest Mask Exhibit and works by photographer Clyde Butcher. Today, it is home to the permanent exhibit, Connecting People and Place, which portrays use of the land around Weedon Island through different time periods in history. In March of 2011, archaeological history was made at Weedon Island with the excavation of an 1,100-year-old pine canoe used by ancient peoples. The canoe is still undergoing restoration in one of the maintenance workshops, but a small scale replica of the vessel along with an informational exhibit will be going up in the education center lobby soon. Today, more than ever before, Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center offers wonderful opportunities for people to study nature and history with various wildland walks and weekend programs. The Pinellas County Extension coordinates educational programs at the preserve to make learning fun. The Florida Youth Conservation

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ne of the benefits of homeownership is taking advantage of the money-saving homestead property tax exemption. This exemption can save about $800 per year in property taxes; a substantial savings. But, do you know two of the most common ways a homeowner can run afoul of the laws that control homestead exemption? The first common mistake homeowners make

involves married couples. For example: two people each own a home, each with homestead exemption. The couple gets married and lives together in the husband’s home, but also keep the wife’s home. The wife must give up her exemption since she no longer occupies the home as her permanent residence. Many times, couples mistakenly assume that since they are not named on each other’s deeds, or mortgages or that they don’t pay each other’s expenses, that both are entitled to a full exemption. Florida law however, provides for only one exemption per family unit and typically, a married couple


is a family unit. A somewhat related misconception occurs when couples relocate and keep their home in another county or state. Florida law says that you are entitled to only one residency based exemption, you must relinquish any other residency based exemptions elsewhere and the home receiving the exemption must be your permanent residence. The second common mistake involves renting out the home that you claim as your homestead. Under certain conditions, renting may be considered an “abandonment” of your home for homestead exemption purposes, triggering a removal of the exemption at the end of the calendar year. If you call our office and let us know your intentions, we can help you understand the rules before you make an expensive mistake. The qualifications to receive and keep a home-

stead exemption are very specific and changes in residency status can result in a loss of the benefit, resulting in a significant tax increase. It can become even more costly if prior years are involved. It is best to notify our office in advance of any changes so we can let you know how you may be affected. Keeping or receiving an exemption you don’t qualify for is a serious matter. An undeserved exemption may result in a lien on your property to recover the taxes exempted, as well as a 50 percent penalty and 15 percent interest per year, which can really add up. If you call our office before making a change we can help navigate these sometimes complicated rules and hopefully keep you from experiencing any unintended consequences. ◆ Pam Dubov, Pinellas County Property Appraiser, P.O. Box 1957, Clearwater, (727) 464-3207.

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Goodbye Campaigns, Hello Holidays by Mayor George Cretekos City of Clearwater Only the Holiday season seems to start as early as elections. As the campaign ads end, those of the Holidays will be ever present in our lives now. Still, November remains the month for us to remember our veterans and to give thanks. Sometimes, however, we tend not to do either, and it is important for us to do both. Clearwater’s Veterans Day tradition, under the leadership of the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance, is rather young, but not insignificant. From previous events at Coachman Park and Bright House Field, this year’s celebration returns to Clearwater High School’s Jack Russell Stadium on Saturday, November 3rd from 12-2pm. It will feature the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. In 1612, the Mayflower colonists in Plymouth, Massachusetts, celebrated an autumn feast with the Indians. It was Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War in 1863, who first asked Americans to set

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eterans Day falls on Sunday, November 11th and there are many events scheduled in the area to honor those, past and present, that have fought for our freedom. Take time this month to attend one or more of these events.


11/3, 8th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day, 12-2pm. This event features special appearances by military leaders and local dignitaries, the Clearwater High School Marine JROTC Silent Drill Team and the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. Also, a Veterans Village will be open from 12-5pm with exhibits, demonstrations and information helpful for veterans and their families. Presented by Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance at Clearwater High School located at 540 Hercules Ave. in Clearwater. For more information call (727) 692-5152.


11/12, Dunedin Veterans Day Celebration, 9am. The City of Dunedin’s Annual Veterans Day Celebration will be held in the Dunedin High School Memorial Stadium located at 1651 Pinehurst Road. The celebration will feature a special tribute to veterans including remarks from Mayor Dave Eggers, patriotic music by the Dunedin High School Highlander Band and a drill team performance by the High School NJROTC Unit. Bring your family and friends and join the City of Dunedin in making this a memorable celebration for veterans. For more information call (727) 469-4100, ext. 2049.


11/11, Annual Veterans Day Ceremony, 11am. Join the City of Oldsmar’s for its Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park located at 250 Shore Drive E. Military veterans who have served their country will be honored at this beautiful outdoor ceremony. For more information call (813) 749-1260.

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11/9, 23rd Annual Veterans Day Celebration and Parade, 9am. Lake St. George Elementary School located at 2855 County Road 95 in Palm Harbor will be honoring and acknowledging all veterans. The entire community is invited to attend. For more information call (727) 669-1161. 11/9, Veterans Day Celebration, 9:40am and

Countryside aside a day of Thanksgiving as a National Holiday. The traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was first held in 1924. While big parades in New York and other cities, along with football games, have been part of the Thanksgiving tradition for many years, the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot in Clearwater will be held for only the 34th year on November 22nd. As in the past, this year’s event will feature a 10K Turkey Trot, a 5K Wingding and the 1-Mile Gobbler. Proceeds from this event support many local charities including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pinellas County, the Children’s Heart Foundation and the West Florida Y Runners Club scholarship program. Participants are also encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable items for the RCS Food Bank. Other special events in November include the YMCA Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Sheraton Sand Key on November 15th and the Festival of Trees benefitting UPARC will be held at the Long Center from November 16th-18th. Both events have much support and show how Clearwater residents and businesses are willing to help in the community. So, throughout the month of November, go out into the hopefully less humid, cooler autumn air. If you have not already voted, remember to do so on November 6th and do not forget the Clearwater City Charter amendments which will be the very last items on the lengthy ballot. Finally, no matter what your beliefs or traditions, give thanks now and always. ◆ Mayor George Cretekos can be reached at (727) 562-4050 or by email at

10:30am. Palm Harbor Middle School located at 1800 Tampa Road in Palm Harbor will present two ceremonies for veterans. The ceremonies will include Rodney Malpass as the main speaker, Color Presentation by Dunedin High School JROTC and Drill Team and Clearwater Police Officer and Celtic Guard Member Rhobby Jenkins will play the bagpipes. For more information call (727) 669-1146.

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Clearwater: Your Community We Are All Kids Inside by Terry Repp Countryside Recreation Center

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The Florida Recreation and Park Association revealed their new logo and message recently for the “It Starts in Parks” initiative and the message is great. “Coaching. Connecting. Community.” The City of Clearwater strives to make our City a healthy and active place to live, work and play and all of our recreation centers invite you to explore our programs, sports and fitness activities. Our Silver Sneakers fitness program has seen many new faces this past month. We also offer many exercise classes, seminars and fun, social events. We are here for “Coaching” in healthy activities as well as for life. Fall gives us cooler weather and Countryside Recreation wants everyone “Connecting” to our environment and our history. Come walk around our parks and recreation centers and cherish the opportunities for health. We have cutting edge recreational facilities, sporting events and special events customized for this time of year. November brings Election Day (make your voice count), Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and festivals galore! Clearwater offers a sense of “Community” second to none by providing an investment and enrichment where people can connect with each other. Participate in our classes and group activities this month for personal enrichment and you will meet some wonderful new friends. Call the staff at Countryside Recreation at

“Thank you for your patience, how may I help you.” I said as I transitioned between library customers on a busy day last week. “How did you know I was a doctor?” was the reply. It made me giggle and I came back with some response about growing up in a medical family (seriously, three of my immediate family are doctors of one sort or another), to which the response was, “well, I never grew up.” I think many of us who enjoy libraries, in whatever form you enjoy them, haven’t “grown up” in many ways. When I think of growing up, I think of losing curiosity, becoming content with what I know about my world and what’s around me. People who use libraries are constantly growing, whether it is through reading stories, reading newspapers or magazines (or more and more, news online), connecting to people, watching DVD’s or learning something at our programs. Library people are constantly expanding their horizons. Which means we are all, maybe a little or maybe a lot, kids inside.

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11/10, Livy’s Hope, 2pm. Join Olivia, her twin sister Hailey and her parents to hear their inspirational story of how they have worked as a team to overcome the difficulties of living with a child with disabilities. Come experience Livy’s “differently-abled” world and

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11/11, 9th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony, 11am. Come one, come all to honor a veteran at the 9th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Monument in Craig Park. Immediately following the ceremony the Tarpon Springs Elks Lodge #1719 will hold a barbecue at the site. For more information call (727) 938-2974. ◆

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he UPARC Foundation recently announced that the 28th Annual Festival of Trees will be held on November 16th-18th at the Long Center located at 1501 N. Belcher Road in Clearwater. “A Florida Christmas” is this year’s theme. This event is one of UPARC’s most popular yearly fundraising events and will feature over 100 wreaths and trees that have been decorated by local businesses and community members. Festivities will kick off on Friday, November 16th from 7-11pm with the “Premier Night Gala” event which will give attendees the opportunity to browse and admire the Holidays trees and wreaths while enjoying great food, drinks and live entertainment. For more information contact the UPARC Foundation at (727) 797-8712 or visit the Festival of Trees webpage at ◆ or (727) 787-6070

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Season For Sharing by Mayor Dave Eggers City of Dunedin November in Dunedin and northern Pinellas County usually translates to the start of a busy, fun and stress-filled season for each of us in so many different ways. However busy we get, let’s keep our priorities in check, have some fun, stay organized and in turn, minimize our collective stress levels as best we can. As November comes into view, we get to turn the “political page” and start to focus on the wonderful activities of our community, our Thanksgiving season with family and the realization that Christmas is only about 50 days away. As always, this month will provide a great deal of activity in and around Dunedin. The “49th Annual Art Harvest” will take place on November 3rd-4th at Highlander Park, and once again, our thanks to the Junior League for their efforts in putting on one of the most successful events in the area. On November 10th, the Dunedin Merchants Association will sponsor our “21st Annual Wines the Blues” festival in Downtown Dunedin with wonderful music and food. On November 17th-18th,

Dunedin there will be a Craft Show in Downtown Dunedin and on November 17th, we celebrate our very own “Celtic Festival” at Highlander Park. Get out and enjoy the many activities. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our Veterans Day celebration at Dunedin High School on November 12th at 9:30am. The NJROTC of Dunedin led by Commander Schock, produces and delivers a wonderful Veterans Day ceremony honoring many current service men, women and veterans from the Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army and Coast Guard. On Sunday, November 11th at 2pm, the VFW will be conducting a rededication ceremony at the recently relocated VFW monument in Edgewater Park, in honor of veterans of all American armed conflicts. The City’s Social Services Committee, formed just a couple of years ago, has already created their own version of a services catalogue to help residents find assistance anywhere in the Pinellas County area. This past month they organized a faith-based meeting bringing together all of the religious groups in town to discuss their individual efforts at helping those in need and how their collective efforts might be even more impactful. In a time where many residents are struggling, I wanted to applaud this committee’s efforts to make a difference in Dunedin. Whatever you do this month, have some fun, enjoy family, honor our veterans and reach out to those in need in any way you can. Above all else, be thankful for what we have and share with those less fortunate. God Bless each of you and your families. ◆ Dave Eggers can be reached at (727) 298-3001 or

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Walking And Rolling To San Jose by Lisa Hunt San Jose PTA Safety Coordinator San Jose Elementary students were a little upset when the clouds rolled in and it poured rain on their “International Walk to School Day” event. Luckily, only nine days later the weather was a balmy 75 degrees and the sun was shining brightly as parents, staff and support personnel worked together for a second try. The school chose to combine walking and rolling (bikes, scooters, skateboards) into one event in hopes of adding safety equipment to bicycles early


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rom generation to generation our elders pass on many life lessons to the younger generation. The most influential elders in my life were my parents. Although they were in their ‘30s and ‘40s when I was a child, they were much older and wiser. “You are what you do, not what you say.” It is important to look at a record of action rather than be deceived or confused by words. Elders have taught us lessons that have guided us and we have tried to pass these on to our children: “Respect your elders.” They weren’t referring to themselves but to older people, who by virtue of having lived a life, deserved respect. “Take pride in your work, it represents who you are as a person, do the job right and complete, for it is a reflection of you.” My parents lived through the Great Depression, which shaped their values and outlook. They taught me those values. “Save for a rainy day” and “Live within your means” were recurring themes and, of course, a value held by many people of the day. This meant that if you didn’t have the money to buy something, you saved until you could. Elders remember a world that changed more slowly, when “disposable” was not a description of products. When sharing, reusing and recycling were simply a part of everyday life. Perhaps most importantly, they taught us not to dwell on material things, rather it is the intrinsic values gained when families come together sharing stories of generations with the young and old alike and all the “remember when’s” told and retold at each and every family gathering. Yes, family and its impor-

dunedin library San Jose Elementary students gather for the “International Walk to School Day” event. in the school year. It was truly a community effort as bicycle flags and helmets were donated by local businesses and front and rear light sets were added compliments of the Florida Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School (SRTS)/PedBike Resource Center. “We take the ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ safety motto seriously,” said San Jose Family Community Liaison, Janine Munns. “These bicycles will be seen by motorists; there is no doubt the San Jose Hawks are safe cyclists!” For walking safety, students were led through an obstacle course, learning how to safely walk across the street through blow-up street signs. Completion of the test was awarded with a Publix bag filled with goodies sponsored by SRTS/PedBike, All Children’s Hospital Florida Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition, Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Brain Injury Association of Florida, Inc. and the Florida Bicycle Association. Dunedin sent their finest in support of the event including Deputy W. Spencer Gross from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit and Deputy Fire Marshal Kelly Intzes. The deputies talked with students and helped put lights on bikes while wielding stickers and smiles for the adoring eyes of the children. Community business partners handed out bottled water and snacks as parents, teachers, staff and students gathered for a brief safety lesson courtesy of the PTA and were finally off for the short jaunt to San Jose. The weather was perfect, the smiles were plenty and the support for safety from Pinellas County and the City of Dunedin community were tremendous. For further information on this annual safety event go online to or ◆

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What’s New At The Library by Phyllis Gorshe Library Director We hope you have gotten the chance to visit the library and see the new carpeting in the main area, children’s area and the children’s story time room. The carpeting installation also gave us the opportunity to trench the floor so we could add additional outlets for all of your technology needs. Thank you to the City of Dunedin Public Services Department for all of their help in making this project run smoothly. As the City of Dunedin is working on the Comprehensive Plan, the library will be updating our Long Range Plan (now called “Strategic Plan”). The management team and staff at the library have held brainstorming sessions to plan for the future of our library. Now, we are asking the community to join us for a public meeting on Monday, November 5th at 6pm to brainstorm with us. We welcome everyone to help give ideas for enhancements you would like to see at the library. Come to the meeting with programming ideas, facility ideas and new services. We would love to hear what you think. Charlie Parker, of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium, will facilitate the evening. This

tance are very strong in this generation, being the central focus of life, knowing that the memories created as we gather together are what truly make us happy. As we approach this Holiday season, let’s remember the words of wisdom and values Vince Gizzi, Parks and from our elders and creRecreation Director ate some memories with family and friends. Come celebrate with loved ones during our citywide events occurring this month.

November Highlights

11/3 & 11/4, Annual Art Harvest, 10am-5pm. Highlander Park. 11/10, Community Garage Sale, 8am-12pm. Vendor spaces are still available. Hale Senior Activity Center. 11/10, Dunedin Wines the Blues, 5-11pm. Pioneer Park. 11/17, Celtic Festival, 12-9:30pm. Commemorate our Scottish heritage by attending this annual festival at Highlander Park. Also, we would like our elders to join us at the Hale Senior Activity Center for the following free seminars in November: 11/6, Medicaid Questions & Answers, 10am. Presented by an elder law attorney. 11/27, Social Security, 10am. Presented by an attorney from the Florida Bar Speakers Association. For more information on the free Medicare seminars call the Hale Senior Activity Center at (727) 298-3299. ◆ 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.

will be an ongoing process, so if you can’t attend on November 5th, you can email me directly at with suggestions or leave a note in the suggestion box at the library.

November Highlights

11/10, National Game Day, 10am-4pm. Come for this marathon game day and compete in a variety of games. All ages. 11/11, My Nature Nook, 2pm. Presented by Vinnie Luisi, Director of the Dunedin Historical Museum. Adults. 11/13, Night Owls Family Story Time, 7pm. Includes stories, songs, literature based movie and a special craft. Ages 3+. 11/13, Brooker Creek Nature Preserve, 7pm. A nature specialist from Brooker Creek will present a slide narrative of the beautiful preserve. Adults. 11/14, Twilight Breaking Dawn Teen Party, 5-7pm. Bad vampires, newborns and Volturi will compete for prizes. Can you survive the maze? Snacks provided. Ages 12-18. 11/17, Telling Stories That Changed Us: A Memoir Writing Workshop, 10am-1pm. Can you tell your story but have trouble writing it? This workshop will include writing exercises and information on capturing your memories to pass on to your family. Adults. 11/17, Grateful Stories by Maurene Belote, 11am. A member of the Tampa Bay Storytelling Guild will share stories about grateful things for Thanksgiving time. All ages. ◆ 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.

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At the office, I recently had the pleasure of working with a patient who required quite extensive dental treatment to reverse years of damage to his smile. It was no small task. We had been through numerous measurements and tests and together had examined and discussed a virtual model of the final smile design in great detail. The treatment day arrived and we cleared the entire afternoon schedule to devote all of our time to the patient. Upon his arrival our patient was understandably nervous and did his best to use humor as his anti-anxiety drug with some of his jokes being a

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Annual Fall Block Party by Janine Munns Family and Community Liaison


an Jose Elementary held its 2nd Annual Block Party Family Picnic welcoming more than 300 in attendance. Over 30 businesses and service organizations participated this year. What a tremendous opportunity to introduce our families to our community friends and in turn our families and staff could meet those who are positively impacting student achievement with their school

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Diet Rich Foods by Jai McFall Organic Living Garden Center Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for your health.

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Fruits and vegetables are beneficial for almost anyone. They are low in calories, but dense in nutrients and fiber. This makes them ideal for a filling snack or meal. In addition to vitamins and minerals, plant foods are abundant in phytochemicals, which are special nutrients that may have cancer-fighting properties. Research has shown that people who eat more fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of diseases like stroke, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and coronary heart disease. Fruits and vegetables should be an integral part of a weight-control diet, a training diet and an everyday diet. When we take advantage of produce, our bodies return the favor by reducing our risk of developing various illnesses. Whether you are eating fresh, canned, frozen or dried fruits and vegetables, try to get a variety into your diet. When fruits and vegetables are in season, consuming them fresh and raw is optimal for getting the maximum amount of nutrition.

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dr. little continued on page 15 support. Our night featured the talented Miss Natalie Hernandez who wowed us with her beautiful voice to songs she penned herself. Making her musical debut on the national stage by appearing on “The Voice” talent show, this shining star took time to visit her old elementary school and usher in a school full of new fans. Thank you to all of our Adopt-A-Class sponsors and partners in recycling at our school. Our Green Team has added a “Clothing & Shoe” drop box to kick off our efforts this year. If you are interested in learning more about our programs and volunteering opportunities contact Janine Munns at (727) 469-5956 or ◆ San Jose Elementary School, Monika Wolcott, Principal, 1670 San Helen Drive, Dunedin, (727) 469-5956. • Storage: The longer we (or the grocer) keep vegetables before using them, the more nutrients vanish. • Cutting: When a vegetable is cut, it activates enzymes which start breaking the nutrients down. • Cooking: Boiling makes it easy for nutrients to leach into the water. • Frozen food is pre-cooked which inactivates the enzymes and destroys Vitamin C. • Juicing breaks the food into such tiny parts, nutrient loss begins rapidly. How to minimize destruction: • Shorten the “field to fork” time. Ideally, pick vegetables from your gardens and take them right to the kitchen, prepare and eat. • Seal in airtight bags. • Delay cutting until ready to eat or cook. • Avoid boiling. Steam, stir-fry or roast vegetables. • Eat frozen only when fresh is not practical. • Drink fresh made juice. Don’t save it for tomorrow. Nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables work together. Food and the nutrients they contain aren’t consumed singly, but with each other. They act in synergistic ways to promote health. The Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study examined nearly 110,000 people over the course of 14 years. Part of the study revealed that the more fruits and vegetables people ate daily, the less chance they would develop cardiovascular diseases. The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research suggest that mouth, stomach and colorectal cancers are less likely with high intakes of non-starchy foods like leafy greens, broccoli and cabbage. Eating fresh fruits and veggies taste the best. Come and see us at Organic Living Garden Center and we can show you how to get started growing your own food. ◆ Jai McFall is available at (727) 433-1661 or or (727) 787-6070

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Get Ready To Vote by Rhonda Settle Staff Member


he East Lake Community Library will play an active role in the events leading up to and including the General Election on November 6th. The library is designated as an early ballot drop-off location and will continue to accept ballots through Election Day. The library will be closed to business on the Election Day as it will be used as a Voter Polling Place from 7am-7pm. The library will also be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving.

November Highlights

11/5, Blood Mobile, 12-4pm. Help others by donating blood to Florida Blood Services. 11/13, ELCL Cinema, 1pm. Watching a movie is a great way to spend an afternoon. Call for details. 11/15, Investing 101, 12pm. “Annuities and Your Retirement” is this month’s topic. Registration required and lunch will be provided. ADULT PROGRAMS 11/7, Book Club, 6:30-7:45pm. This month’s selection will be “Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok. Come and enjoy our lively discussion. 11/10 & 11/24, Freethinkers Meeting, 3-4pm. Join us for an open discussion group. 11/12 & 11/26, 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. 11/13, Advisory Board Meeting, 6:30pm. The public is welcome to attend.

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East Lake 11/21, Sit and Sew, 6-7:45pm. Enjoy quality time “stitched” with tips and new ideas. 11/28, ELCL Quilters, 6-7:45pm. Get started on a lifetime of beautiful quilt projects. All skill levels. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 11/10, Art Class with Lauren, 10:30am. Enjoy a day of crafts and creativity. The end of the class will culminate with an art show. Registration required. Ages 5-8. 11/14, Read to Shorty, 3:15pm. Children can read to Shorty, a wonderful therapy dog who can help improve their reading skills. 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, Lego Club, 2:15pm. Join your friends and make new creations. TEEN PROGRAMS 11/10, Teen Murder Mystery, 4pm. The Turkey is missing and someone has been murdered! Come join our Teen Council and help solve the mystery. Teen Tutors. Free assistance with Math, English, Reading and Biology. Registration required. Saturdays, Teen Council, 3-4pm. Gather with the ELCL Teen Council to help coordinate events for the teens in our community. Bring a friend. 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. ◆ 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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News From The Nest by Michele Kelley Wellness Committee Co-Chair, Cypress Woods PTA Cypress Woods Elementary is proud to be sponsoring the “Operation: Cypress Woods” program. What is “Operation: Cypress Woods” you may ask? This is a program where CWE will collect donations for our hard working military men and women overseas. The school plans to send over 50 boxes of donations packed with necessities and comfort items. You can donate DVD’s, movies, dental products, candy, wet wipes, socks, powdered drink mixes, hats, magazines, protein bars, trail mix, pens or pencils, Slim Jims, tissues, crossword puzzles, microwave popcorn, shaving cream and lotions, eyeglass wipes, lip

East Lake High School Madrigal Singers To Perform


ast Lake Community Library Musical Series launched its 2012-2013 concert season with an outstanding performance of the Bayside String Quartet of the Florida Orchestra. Being able to be up close to the performers and to ask questions was an added pleasure for the near capacity audience. This month the East Lake High School Madrigal Singers will perform on November 11th beginning at 2pm. Tickets are available at the library and on the day of performance for a donation of $10. The East Library is located at 4125 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor. For more information call (727) 773-2665. ◆

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balm and instant coffee. Send the items you would like to donate with your child if he or she attends Cypress Woods. Otherwise, call our front office at (727) 538-7325 for more information. The deadline for donations will be November 9th.

Rotary Student Of The Month

Cypress Woods is proud to announce that its Rotary Student of the Month is McKenzie Mulligan. McKenzie is a very responsible girl that always goes the extra mile at school. She turns in quality work and is a leader in the classroom. She is a great role McKenzie Mulligan model for behavior as well as academics. She is also the Student Council Vice President. McKenzie is involved in strings as well as chorus and plays soccer for the East Lake Community. Lastly, remember that every Friday we have a Walking School Bus gathering at the East Lake Library. We meet at 8am and take off for a nice healthy walk to school. Please join us! ◆ Cypress Woods Elementary School, Lisa Freeman, Principal, 4900 Cypress Woods Blvd., Palm Harbor, (727) 538-7325.

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East Lake/Oldsmar Rotary Club Student Of The Month 5th Grade Student: Andrew Boggs Homeroom Teacher: Mrs. Fleeman It is my honor to nominate Drew Boggs for the October Student of the Month Award. Drew is an outstanding role model to other students. He works hard academically and helps others when needed. Drew was elected as the class Andrew Boggs representative for Student Council. Outside of school Drew is active in many sports including football, baseball and basketball. Drew is new to Brooker Creek and has fit in wonderfully at the school and in his art, music and P.E. classes. Congratulations, Drew! ◆ Brooker Creek Elementary School, Donna Gehringer, Principal, 3130 Forelock Road, Tarpon Springs, (727) 943-4600.

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The Price Is Right by Mayor Jim Ronecker City of Oldsmar “Come On Down” to Oldsmar City Hall or Oldsmar Library to read a print copy of the City of Oldsmar’s 2012/2013 annual budget which became effective October 1st. You can also view a PDF file of the budget at The 148-page budget outlines Oldsmar’s plan for revenues and expenditures to meet the growing needs for infrastructure and services in Oldsmar. One of the public’s most voiced requests is to continue expanding environmental facilities and opportunities. Starting in January 2013, construction of a foot and bike trail will connect seven Oldsmar parks, east to west across the City, south of Tampa Road. Trail users will be able to enjoy three miles of sights and activities through

Oldsmar parks and neighborhoods adjoining natural areas, water landscapes, exercise stations, monuments, a dock and pier, picnic shelters, playgrounds, fishing lakes and much more. The connection generally meanders from Canal Park on Tampa Road, south to Tampa Bay and east to Race Track Road. Boardwalks will traverse one mile of wetlands and natural areas. In Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve we will be adding an impressive 10,000 square foot environmental learning shelter. Nine more projects constitute our 2012/2013 To-Do list, some of which are infrastructure, such as; sewer lines, stormwater improvements and street and curb resurfacing. Our project of grandest scale is Market Square. Final design is proceeding for a Downtown plaza mixed-use center for retail, business, dining, entertainment and residential units between Tampa Road and State Street. Developers are encouraged to contact us. The City of Oldsmar continues to demonstrate sound fiscal management enabling us to provide services, leadership, innovation and environmental services with long term benefits to residents and Oldsmar businesses – our community partners. Discover more about Oldsmar at and on Facebook and Twitter. ◆ Mayor Jim Ronecker can be contacted at or call the Oldsmar Answer Line at (813) 749-1100.

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In Remembrance by Lynn Rives Leisure Services Director Oldsmar Veterans Memorial Park is a 5-acre waterfront park on the north shore of Tampa Bay. This is a place of remembrance where a statuesque monument stands in salute to our nations’ veterans surrounded by nearly a dozen granite walls etched on both sides with the names of veterans. Veterans, who are or have been Oldsmar residents, are qualified for recognition on the memorial’s granite walls. Etched plaza bricks also make lasting tributes to friends, loved ones or events. Oldsmar Leisure Services’ Commemorative Brick Program provides an opportunity for memorializing people or events. A brick is 4” x 8” with three lines of engraving space, 20 characters per line. For a nominal cost of $100 the City of Oldsmar arranges the brick etching and installation. Bricks are available to the general public, not restricted to Oldsmar residents, and can be ordered any time, but are only installed twice yearly. Call (813) 749-1264 for more information. Proceeds from brick sales contribute to the park’s amenities including a winding paved walking trail, picnic shelters, butter-

Veterans Memorial Park has once again been recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a Veterans Day Regional Site. fly gardens, large gazebo, bocce ball court, exercise equipment, canoe launch and landscaping. Join us on Sunday, November 11th at 11am for the City of Oldsmar’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony when military veterans who have served their country, past and present, are honored in an outdoor ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park located at 250 Shore Drive E. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has once again named Oldsmar as a Veterans Day Regional Site. Oldsmar is one of only three Florida sites recognized as a model observance. For more information about the City of Oldsmar’s Veterans Day Ceremony, Memorial Wall or Commemorative Brick Program call us at (813) 749-1260 or find application forms at ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Rec Center at (813) 749-1152 or visit the website at The Rec Center is located at 300 Commerce Blvd.

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by Bert Weber Library Director Looking for a really good bargain, something cheap-cheap-cheap? Want something entertaining or informative, newsy or fun, interactive or instructional? Clean your contact lenses and reading glasses, dust off your bookshelf, bring your own bag and some spare pocket change and get ready to attend the “Fall Book Sale” – one of Oldsmar Library’s biggest annual events. Volunteers from the Friends of the Oldsmar Library and library staff have been working together to process books, movies and audios for the November 17th sale. Most of the items that will be for sale are donated by the community, but many are previous library copies of popular best sellers, classics, biographies, graphic novels and large print books. Prices will range from to 25¢ for paperbacks to $1 for hardback books, audios and DVD’s. How’s that for bargain prices? Funds raised at this event, as well as from the ongoing sale at the library, will help provide some of the extras outside of the yearly budget. Previous book sales have provided summer reading programs, downloadable audios, a large television for children’s services, shelving and computer carrels. Would you like to volunteer to help out at the event or donate items for the book sale? Call the library at (813) 749-1178 for more information. Hours for the Fall Book Sale on Saturday, November 17th will be from 9am-2pm in TECO Hall at the library where tables will be spread with hundreds of irresistible cash-only bargains. For more information about the Oldsmar Library and Friends of the Library visit The library is located at 400 St. Petersburg Drive E. on the corner of Dartmouth Ave. and St. Petersburg Drive. We hope to see you at November’s Fall Book Sale!

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November Highlights

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 11/14 & 11/17, LEGO Club, 3pm. Get creative with our DUPLO and LEGO blocks. Mondays, Battle of the Books Training, 6pm. Grades 3-8. No program on 11/19. Tuesdays, Toddler Time, 10am. Program includes short stories and songs. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Thursdays, Preschool Storytime, 10am. Program includes stories and a simple craft. Ages 3-5. TEEN PROGRAMS 11/20, Oldsmar Teen Advisory Board & Coffee, 6pm. Grades 6-12. ADULT PROGRAMS 11/2, Movies & Popcorn, 1pm. Join us for a movie on the big screen. Call for more information. 11/6, Books and Brews, 6:30pm. “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury. Jack Willie’s Bar and Grill located at 1013 St. Petersburg Drive W. No registration required. Ages 21+. 11/7 & 11/21, Drop-in Computer Help, 3-5pm. Do you need individual help with the computer or the internet? Teen volunteers will be available to assist you one-on-one or in a small group. 11/13, Computer Class: Windows Basics, 2pm. A basic review of the Windows operating system. Learn how to customize, improve and organize your computer by managing files and folders. Lecture/demonstration followed by Q&A. No registration required. 11/29, Oldsmar Book Club, 12pm. “The Rainmaker” by John Grisham. ◆ 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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It’s Turkey Time by Dean O’Nale Oldsmar Fire Chief Can you guess on what day of the year the number of cooking fires doubles in a single day? I will give you a hint: it’s a Thursday. More specifically, the fourth Thursday of November each year. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that on Thanksgiving, approximately 4,000 cooking fires will occur. And that is just the number of fires that are reported. Let’s look at some of the ways to help prevent cooking fires as well as discuss some other safety concerns. The kitchen becomes a natural focal point during Thanksgiving. I like cooking on Thanksgiving and having family and friends there, so a lot of the time we congregate in the kitchen. Between them and the two golden retrievers running around I am thinking about installing a red light to control the traffic. Make sure the handles to any pots and pans are turned inward so they cannot be snagged by your clothing as you are working or grabbed from below by a curious child. Paper products and wrappers should be kept well away from heated surfaces. Even well-mannered pets sometimes can’t resist the urge to counter surf. Some good basic supervision in the kitchen when actively pre-

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Lorenzo Hayes, one of Oldsmar’s former fire chiefs, brought a fried turkey to the fire station once while I was on duty and I have been hooked ever since. What could possibly go wrong when cooking with four gallons of 350 degree oil near an open flame? Always use a propane fueled turkey fryer outside and away from any structures. Never use a fryer on a wooden deck or in the garage and always keep it on a flat stable surface. Since most turkey fryers do not have a thermostat, never leave it unattended as the oil can continue to heat until it catches fire. Keep children and pets away from the area; the oil stays hot long after the turkey is removed! Use good oven mitts or pot holders when touching lids or handles. Most importantly, make sure the turkey is completely thawed. Oil and water do not mix and any ice on or inside the turkey will melt and cause the pot to overflow with heated oil. Common sense and safety practices will go a long way to make sure everyone stays safe during the upcoming Holiday season. Speaking of the Holidays…Oldsmar Fire Rescue is once again assisting Santa as he delivers presents to children in Oldsmar between December 11th-15th. Oldsmar residents can register for the event by sending in a card with their name, address and phone number. A drawing will be held after November 15th and if your card is selected an appointment will be set for Santa and some of his firefighter helpers to deliver your gift. For more information call (813) 749-1200 or visit ◆ Chief Dean O’Nale is available at 225 Pine Ave. N., Oldsmar, (813) 749-1200.

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The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Business of the Year Luncheon on Wednesday, November 14th at the Tampa Bay Downs located at 11225 Racetrack Road in Tampa from 11:30am1pm. This luncheon recognizes the top businesses in the Upper Tampa Bay region in the small, medium and large categories dependent on annual revenue as well as an award for Manufacturer of the Year. The competition is tough since we are fortunate enough to have an excellent business base in the region. So, make your plans to come out to the Tampa Bay Downs and congratulate the best of the best in the Upper Tampa Bay region. Registration for the event is available on our website at or by calling the Chamber at (813) 855-4233. The cost is $20. 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, 101 State Street W., Oldsmar, (813) 855-4233, Hours of Service: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

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Musings From One Librarian by Gene Coppola Library Director So, I got to thinking, what are libraries good for? You have the internet, your own bookstore on a tablet and movies on demand at home. What else do you need? Here are just some rambling thoughts of mine... • Not everyone can afford to buy a computer, tablet or subscribe to movies. What other option do you have? • Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have places that bridge the gap between the haves and have nots? • Isn’t it a good thing to have neutral locations to host debates and community forums? • Is it necessary to pay an entrance fee for a quality program? • Shouldn’t we have free opportunities for children

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News From The Wildcats by Beth Lueken 2nd Grade Teacher Lake St. George would like to announce that its Rotary Student of the Month for September is Sydney Mazur. This honor goes to a student who exemplifies academic excellence and leadership abilities and who upholds character traits which include kindness, honesty and citizenship. Sydney was nominated and chosen by the teachers and staff at Lake St. George. Congratulations, Sydney! Our 23rd Annual Veterans Day Celebration and Parade will take place on November 9th at 9am. If you are currently active in the military and available to be honored as part of our program, please

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Happenings At The Harbor by Jackie Bersch Family and Community Relations Palm Harbor Middle School is a “Triple A” School in Attendance, Academics and Attitude! Our students are expected to be to school and class on time. They are active learners and show respect for themselves and others. PHMS would like to thank our volunteers and business partners. In addition, we would like to thank Steve Cooney, store manager of the Crystal Beach Publix for all of his support. Publix has been selected as our Business Partner for 2012-2013. Many thanks to Michelle O’Toole and the PHMS PTSA for developing our relationship with Publix. Thank you for helping us kick off another year of excellence at our school. PHMS has received the Golden School Award and is a 5-Star School because of our great

Palm Harbor to explore the world outside of school hours? • And what about teens? Aren’t there places they can go to have some fun where it is safe? • What about finding a job? Where can you get help for that without standing in long lines? • I would like to learn a language but can’t afford those kits. Who can provide that to me for free? • I love art but missed out on the Smithsonian free museum day. Who else can offer something similar throughout the year and at the same price? • I also love live music but either can’t get to and/or afford some of the area venues. Where else can I go? • What about obtaining high-priced toys for free for special needs children? Who could offer that? • And, where can I go to get all this and also borrow a book that is still in print? Some say libraries are on the verge of extinction. They have lost their ways and purpose. Of course, I differ with that opinion and I would suggest that perhaps upon closer examination of what libraries are really good for, some of those opinions in time will become themselves extinct; just another musing from one librarian. ◆ 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.

contact Marsha Bergreen at The entire community is invited and we look forward to acknowledging all veterans. Do you need to recycle? Don’t forget we have recycle bins on the east side of our school. You can recycle paper, plasSydney Mazur tic, aluminum, clothes and shoes. Our Student Council does an excellent job of collecting recyclable materials from the classrooms. All proceeds go back to the school and to the Homeless Coalition. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! ◆

Upcoming Events:

PTA Fundraiser – Nov. 1st Veterans Day Program – Nov. 9th Last day before Thanksgiving Break – Nov. 16th First day back after Thanksgiving – Nov. 26th Fridays are School Spirit Days – Wear your LSG t-shirt to show your school spirit! Lake St. George Elementary, Principal, Paula Texel, 2855 County Road 95, Palm Harbor, (727) 669-1161. volunteer and community support. We encourage you to join our wonderful PTSA or SAC and to volunteer at our school. Your ideas and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Contact Jackie Bersch at if you are interested. Do you have an interesting career, hobby or experience that you would like to share with our students? Can you produce an engaging 40-minute lesson that will enlighten our students and possibly impact their future? You may choose to stay for an hour or for the whole day. If this opportunity is for you and you can participate in the Great American Teach-In on Thursday, November 15th, go online to and download a participation form or pick one up in the front office. Help us make the Great American Teach-In a success this year. Join us and partake in this special opportunity to positively influence the lives of our students. ◆

Upcoming Events:

Book Fair, Media Center – Nov. 8th - Nov. 16th Veterans Day Ceremony, Courtyard – Nov. 9th Great American Teach-In – Nov. 15th Thanksgiving Break – Nov. 19th - Nov. 23rd School Reopens – Nov. 26th Yearbook Sales – Nov. 26th - Nov. 30th Report Cards – Nov. 29th Palm Harbor Middle School, Victoria Hawkins, Principal, 1800 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 669-1146. or (727) 787-6070


35 Years Of Community by Connie Davis, President/CEO On October 5th, our Palm Harbor Chamber celebrated and recognized community leaders, Board of Directors, staff and volunteers at our Annual Awards Dinner. We are proud to announce the following recipients of those special awards given that night by the outgoing Chairman of the Board, Paul Hittos. Law Enforcement Officers of the Year: Deputy Brian Diebold and Deputy James Piper, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Palm Harbor Firefighter of the Year: Lt. Jason Haynes East Lake Firefighter of the Year: Lt. Paramedic Jason Gennaro Distinguished Veteran of the Year: Brian McParland Lifetime Achievement: Murray Smith Palm Harbor Chamber Citizen of the Year: Palm Harbor Fire Chief James Angle Palm Harbor Chamber Honorary Mayor: Arlene Tracht, Patriot Bank Palm Harbor Chamber Ambassadors of the Year: Connie Stewart Schuck, Suntrust Bank and

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Message From The Recreation Director by Erica Lynford Director of Parks and Recreation It sure seems that the summers get shorter and shorter each year. It is hard to believe that we have to turn back our clocks already. I encourage each and every one of you to make a trip to the Centre and check out the new look, logo and mission of our facility. We have so many great offerings coming in the new fiscal year. We are pleased to announce that your tax dollars will be working harder and harder for you. In the beginning of October, new outdoor lights were delivered to Sunderman Complex and we are now slated for a second delivery for Putnam Park. Not only will these new lights offer a financial savings in raw electrical cost, they will offer much better lighting levels, which will provide a safer environment for all involved. This project has been on

Jordan Myers, T-Mobile Palm Harbor Chamber Small Business of the Year: Green Tech Termite & Pest Control, Inc. Palm Harbor Chamber Large Business of the Year: Chick-fil-A Congratulations to all those who have made our community and our Palm Harbor Chamber so special! Our sincere thanks to the sponsors of the event. Paul Hittos ended the gala by passing the gavel to incoming Chairman of the Board, Connie Stewart Schuck of Suntrust Bank-East Lake.

38th Annual Palm Harbor Chamber Of Commerce Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

12/1 & 12/2, “Harbor Art” Festival, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. The 38th Annual Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce Fine Arts & Crafts Festival will take place on Florida Ave. in Downtown Palm Harbor. This premiere festival will feature fabulous artists and craftsmen, food, music, children’s activities and sponsor and community partner display tables. The festival was founded by Louise and Bill Hoskins and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Bill and Louise Hoskins Scholarship in Visual Art. As always, I look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Have a wonderful, happy and healthy Thanksgiving. And to all our members, staff, volunteers and Board of Directors, we are thankful for you! ◆ Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, 1151 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, (727) 784-4287, Hours of Service: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.

the Penny for Pinellas calendar for awhile and we are so very thankful it was awarded to us this year. When we give thanks this month, we will certainly be adding this outdoor lighting project to the list. We will continue to offer our very popular Puppy Manners Class on Wednesdays from 7-8pm with Janet Skinner. This class was completely filled in the month of October so be sure to register early for the next session beginning on November 7th. Each session requires attendance at four classes for puppies 8-16 weeks old. Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. We will be having a Veterans Day Breakfast on Sunday, November 11th from 8-11:30am to honor military service members, past and present, that have fought for our freedom. Join us at the Centre to enjoy a great meal and remember those we are so very thankful for. The Senior Fun Health Fair on October 4th was a great day for seniors to take advantage of free health screenings and healthy activities. Coming up on November 9th, seniors will have the opportunity to compete in the “Senior Idol” competition from 7-9pm. Stop by the Centre to cheer on your favorite! Lastly, on November 30th we will be hosting our monthly Dinner/Dance from 5-8pm. This month we will be celebrating our volunteers and offering a great meal at a great price. ◆ 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.

38th Annual Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce

Harbor Art Festival Historic Downtown Palm Harbor at Florida Avenue Saturday, December 1 • 10am-5pm Sunday, December 2 • 10am-4pm

FREE ADMISSION Children’s Activity Area Juried Show • Great Food • Community/Sponsor Exhibits “Battle of the Best Wings in Pinellas County” on Saturday This festival was founded by Bill and Louise Hoskins. Portions of the Festival’s proceeds benefit the Bill and Louise Hoskins Visual Art Scholarship awarded to a local student.

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he Top of the Bay Garden Club of Oldsmar has chosen Richard and Traci Koster’s home at 300 Lafayette Blvd. as the “Yard of the Month” for October. Located at the corner of Lafayette and State Street, their front yard has palm and oak trees and a beautiful array of plants, including a large bird-of-paradise, a blue agave and a mixture of succulents and crotons. The side yard also has a display of century plants. The Kosters have lived in their home for two years. Richard relaxes by gardening and working in his yard and all who drive down Lafayette Blvd. benefit from his efforts.

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L to R, Mikey Carlton, Jack Herman and Kiwanis President Pam Corbino. very two months the Safety Harbor Kiwanis honors outstanding students from the Safety Harbor Middle School and presents them with Sea Hawk Award trophies. The Safety Harbor Kiwanis is proud to honor two students, Jack Herman of the 8th grade and Mikey Carlton of the 7th grade for their outstanding performance and participation in school. Jack was selected by teacher Deanna Barthel and Mikey was chosen by teacher Celina Bowman. The trophies were presented by Safety Harbor Kiwanis President Pam Corbino. ◆

L to R, Kiwanis President, Pam Corbino; Teacher, Rob Ferguson; Student, Sierra Parks and Father, Harold Parks.

afety Harbor Kiwanis is privileged to recognize Sierra Parks, a 5th grade student at the Safety Harbor Elementary School, as Student of the Month. She was selected by teacher Rob Ferguson, who stated that her accomplishments are numerous. Besides being in an A student in a Gifted Program carrying a 99 percent average, she is sighted for her caring smile, generous spirit and always eager to help others at any time. She does an outstanding job during her Safety Patrol duties by always helping other students. Mr. Ferguson said everyone at SHES expects great things from Sierra in the future because she is already doing great things at school and in the community. ◆


by Lisa Kothe Library Director Through funding from the Safety Harbor Library Foundation, the Safety Harbor Public Library now has a new subscription to LearningExpress Library. Library members now have access to an online learning platform that has helped millions of people and students prepare for a wide range of careeroriented licensing and certification exams in health care, education, civil service, homeland security and much more. Also included are resources for citizenship tests, computer and internet learning modules and interactive tutorials to help users improve basic skills in reading, writing and math for students of all levels. In addition, test preparation for highstakes tests such as the ASVAB, GED, ACT, SAT and others are available. LearningExpress Library includes self-paced interactive study, instant scoring and diagnostic feedback. It is accessible from any computer with an internet connection via the library website at, by clicking on Online Resources and then Databases. Other features of the program include: • Online practice tests that are true previews of the official exams. • Self-paced courses that help learners prepare to take certification exams, placement tests and academic assessments. • Essays that are instantly scored and pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a student’s written work. • eBook versions of study guides. (You must regis-

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11/2 & 11/4, POSH Theater, Friday 8pm and Sunday 2pm. The Players of Safety Harbor will present “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” written by Alfred Uhry. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show. A donation of $8 is appreciated. 11/10, Book Bash, 1pm. The youth department will present the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Book Bash. Join us for fun trivia, wimpy games, prizes, wimpy crafts and snacks. Registration required at (727) 724-1525, ext. 118. Ages 14 years and under. 11/14, YogaKids Preschool Story Time, 10:30am. YogaKids help kids connect mind and body to experience a natural state of fitness and fun. The program integrates movement, poses, music, stories and games that teach the whole child through a multiple intelligence approach. Ages 2-6. 11/15, Mid-Month NaNoWriMo Author Talk, 2pm. Take a break from the National Novel Writing Month Challenge and kick back with author Dixon Hearne as he shares tips about writing, publishing and the creative process. 11/17, Love, Read, Learn, 11am. Learn how to teach your child to love reading. Join us for a 30minute early literacy workshop for families. Children who attend will receive a free reading backpack! Registration required at (727) 724-1525, ext. 118. 11/28, Sing-A-Long with Wendy, 10:30am. Don’t miss this fun musical program with singer, songwriter and author Wendy Riley. Wendy will read from her Holiday children’s book and lead everyone in a Holiday sing-a-long! Ages 2-6. ◆ For a complete list of monthly programs and classes call the Library at (727) 724-1525, ext. 112 or visit the website at The Library is located at 101 2nd Street North.

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Young Leaders by Mayor David O. Archie City of Tarpon Springs Unfortunately, last month I was faced with both having wisdom teeth removed and the flu – at the same time! One of the events that I missed during those few days was the swearing in of the Tarpon Springs Elementary School Student Council. I hate to miss any event, but especially one that encourages our youngsters to get involved in leadership. I know that my friends at Tarpon Springs Elementary will forgive me. To try to make up for it, I would like to recognize the council and senators that were elected for this school year.

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Friends Of The Library Book Sales by Cari Rupkalvis Library Director In November, the Friends of the Tarpon Springs Public Library is having another special book sale to raise funds for the library. The sale will take place on Friday, November 9th from 10am-6pm and Saturday, November 10th from 10am-3pm. A large selection of used books and other materials will be offered at low prices. On Saturday, enjoy extra savings and fill a bag for only $2. Bargains are also available all year long at the Friends of the Library Used Book Store located inside the Tarpon Springs Public Library. The proceeds from the Friends Book Store and book sales are used to purchase new equipment, furnishings, books and other materials to enhance the library. Examples include the public computers in the adult and children’s areas and the new audiovisual system in the Friends Room. We are grateful for the generous donations and the dedicated service of volunteers that make these enhancements possible. When books and other materials are donated to the Tarpon Springs Public Library, they are evaluated by staff for possible addition to our collection. If donations are not added to our shelves, these items may then be offered for sale by the Friends along with library materials that are retired from our collection. Friends volunteers continually maintain and restock the items in the Used Book Store, which is open during all regular library hours. The large book sales held a few times a year are also run by volunteers. If you are interested in helping with book sales contact Sherri Patterson at the Friends office at (727) 944-3042. If you want to get great deals on books and other materials, remember to stop by the Friends Room at the Tarpon Springs Public Library on November 9th and 10th. To benefit the library, the Friends also offer tote bags for sale as well as note cards featuring historic pictures of Tarpon Springs from the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection. Tote bags in a new style and colors are coming

Tarpon Springs Ethan Beggs Haley Demirdog Zachary Dogin Dan Hargrove Troy Kight Marissa Magness Nicole Ralazzdo Selena Ruiz 4th Grade Senators Thomas Aues Ariana Bruin Jason Connor Katie Ghoman David Glukhorskiy Cierra Greenfield Sonny Lorello Michael McLaughlin Elizabeth Wiedemann 5th Grade Senators Andre Andino Durisia Fleming Kendall Fleming Andrew Gambino Harmony Gibaldi Makenna Richards Congratulations to all of you and best wishes for your experiences on Student Council. Tarpon Springs is blessed to have you and the City looks forward to interacting with you as respected young leaders in our active community. ◆ Mayor David O. Archie is available at 324 E. Pine Street, Tarpon Springs, (727) 938-3711. soon. A special used video sale by the Friends is also coming up for the VHS tapes withdrawn from our collection and replaced by DVD’s funded by the Tarpon Springs Public Library Foundation.

November Highlights

11/2, Craft Club, 4:30pm. Registration required. Ages 6-12 11/3, Teen Holiday Craft, 2pm. Registration required. 11/5, Introduction to Yoga, 10:30am. Erase Holiday stress with a free yoga demonstration. Registration and release form required. Program in partnership with the Tarpon Springs Recreation Department. 11/14, Spanish/English Bilingual Story Time with Mrs. Music, 3pm. Spanish and English songs, rhymes and fun for the whole family. 11/15, Holiday Cards and Scrapbooks, 1pm. Learn how to get started in card making and scrapbooking. Registration required and supplies provided. 11/17, Make & Take Thanksgiving Craft, 10am3pm. Stop by Youth Services to make a paper bag turkey puppet. All ages. 11/19, Greek/English Bilingual Story Time, 1pm. An interactive story time for speakers of Greek, English or both. Program geared to preschool and elementary ages. 11/28, Jump, Jive and Jam, 3pm. Program features silly songs and dances that teach creative movement, motor skills and more. Ages 3-6. ◆ 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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he Holidays are quickly approaching and the Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center needs help with their annual “Project THANKS” program which provides food baskets to the needy. The Shepherd Center’s interfaith service provides food, clothing and other services for families, the elderly, the homeless and others in North Pinellas County who need a helping hand. A $40 donation can purchase a turkey and ingredients for a Holiday dinner for a family in need. The Shepherd Center always welcomes donations of canned goods and non-perishable food and gently used items of clothing, furniture and other household goods for the Center’s Thrift Store located at 780 S. Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs. All donations are greatly appreciated. Call (727) 939-1400 for further information. ◆ or (727) 787-6070

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Be Thankful by Margie Prichard, CPRP Recreation Supervisor November is my favorite month of the year. It finally starts to get a little cooler in Florida and I love the Thanksgiving Holiday. First, we get to eat a traditional family dinner with the people we love and then we get to hit the ground running on Black Friday to shop for and with those same folks. November also is a time to stop and give thanks for the many blessings we are so fortunate to have in our lives. Take a minute to refresh your attitude and count all the good things going on in your life. Some of those good things hopefully involve our department. We have been very fortunate to have a large core group of volunteers embrace our Hot Seat program these past few months and they have produced some truly extraordinary works of art. These pieces will be auctioned off in our annual fundraiser on Friday, November 9th at 7pm at the Chamber of Commerce office located in the Artists’ Faire Art Gallery at 111 E. Tarpon Ave. Bring your checkbook because you are definitely going to want to buy your own unique piece of furniture. This event benefits a local brain injured youth and our camp scholarship fund – more good being passed on! Once again, our Jazzercise class is adopting two local needy families for Thanksgiving

The Jazzercise girls will once again adopt two needy families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. and Christmas. Not only does this class exercise together but they also support the community by assisting with several local charitable causes. A great big thank you to all the girls pictured this month. Giving back is probably the best thing you can do for your heart – although the cardio this group does doesn’t hurt either. Don’t forget about our Sunset Beach Concert this month. Set for November 8th at 7pm, the band “Lil’ Pearl and the Big Boys” will perform free of charge thanks to our corporate sponsor, Sun Toyota. This is the last concert of the season so we always hold a bonfire on the beach that evening as well. This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy a little roasting of marshmallows and a little quality time together. So, as we enter into this Holiday season let us all take a minute to be thankful for the many gifts in our lives. Florida is a beautiful spot to live as we start the long winter months. Our relatives up north will all be jealous of our short sleeves and flip flops! ◆ 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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News From The Tarpon Tigers by Jennifer Klimis Gifted Program Teacher Who knew school could be so fun? The bell may signal the start and end of the school day, but a number of students extend their learning to before and after school. Tarpon Springs Fundamental offers a wide variety of enrichment activities. Morning options include Chorus, Violin, Student Council, Math Club and Morning News. Afternoon activities include Garden Club, Creativity Club, Drama Club, Multicultural Club, Mad Science,

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pplications are now available for the Annual Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade sponsored by the City of Tarpon Springs and presented by the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce. This year’s parade will take place on Saturday, December 15th beginning at 10am in Downtown Tarpon Springs. Applications may be obtained by calling (727) 937-6109, by stopping in the Chamber office at 111 E. Tarpon Ave. or by email at

Green Team and Yearbook. While it is not the traditional curriculum they are learning, students are learning key life lessons including critical thinking, problem solving, communication, cooperation, planning, organizing and the list goes on. October signaled the start of many of these terrific clubs. The Fall Festival was a great success as usual. Families joined students and teachers for the PTA’s annual event. Dr. Meils’ Story Time, Coach’s Cake Walk and the Book Fair were enjoyed by all. The students also beamed with joy as they walked around the court and field participating in activities planned by the PTA. It was a wonderful welcome to the fall season. Congratulations to Tarpon Springs Fundamental for being named a 5-Star School. Because of the supportive and active participation from parents and family members we have earned this honor. ◆

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SAC Meeting – Nov. 6th All-Pro Dad Breakfast – Nov. 9th Great American Teach-In – Nov. 15th Tarpon Springs Fundamental, Dr. Elaine K. Meils, Principal, 400 E. Harrison Street, Tarpon Springs, (727) 943-5508. The Christmas Parade Committee would like to extend an invitation to any individual, group, organization or business that would like to participate in this event. All entries must have a Holiday or Christmas theme and there can only be one Santa Claus which is provided by the Parade Committee. The deadline for entering is Friday, December 7th. Children of all ages are also invited to the Candy Cane Hunt to be held at Craig Park immediately following the parade. There they can visit with Santa and his elves and hunt for candy canes in the park. This program is sponsored by the City of Tarpon Springs Recreation Department. ◆

the Tarpon Springs Art Association will present awards to the artists in the Plein Air Competition. All of the art will be on display (and throughout the week) at the Artists’ Faire Art Gallery. Everyone is welcome to attend this fun event. Visit for further details. When you have had your fill of turkey and Black Friday shopping, de-stress by coming to the 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Art & Craft Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 24th and 25th from 10am-5pm on Tarpon Ave. This has always been a great time to get started on Holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind treasures from our local artists. Be sure to enjoy lunch at one of our fabulous restaurants and check out our great stores. Whoever says it doesn’t snow in Florida, hasn’t been to Tarpon Springs! “Snow Place Like Tarpon” will take place along Tarpon Ave. on Friday evening, December 7th, with snow, Christmas hayrides and live reindeer! As well, there will be lots of entertainment, vendors, craftsmen and food, plus hot chocolate and spiced cider. We have added the annual Lighted Boat Parade and a visit from Santa, to the festivities. The boat parade comes through the Sponge Docks and into Spring Bayou at Craig Park to greet Santa. Gather up the family and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in our Victorian Downtown. Be sure to mark your calendar for our Christmas Parade on December 15th, starting at 10am in Historic Downtown. Santa will be at Craig Park for the Candy Cane Hunt and games following the end of the parade. For more ongoing events in and around Tarpon Springs, check out the Chamber website at or the Sponge Docks website at ◆

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Bring On The Season by Sue Thomas Tarpon Springs Chamber President It is hard to believe summer is over and all the excitement of fall is here. Tarpon Springs has had a busy summer, with Food Truck Rallies, Wine Walks, the Hippie Fest and a host of other events. Thanks to all of you who attended and made them so successful. Now, it is time to continue all the excitement into the new season! We start with our Recreation Department’s Hot Seat Auction on Friday, November 9th at 7pm. Come out to the Artists’ Faire Art Gallery located at 111 E. Tarpon Ave. to see all of the chairs and other furniture the kids have painted to raise money for one of their own, plus scholarships for their summer programs. Our seasonal Antique and Treasure Sales are coming back to the parking lot at the corner of S. Pinellas Ave. and Tarpon Ave. On Saturday, November 10th from 9am-4pm, join a host of antique and “treasure” dealers, plus private party sellers who have wonderful things to offer, including antiques, collectibles and lots of “interesting” valuables. Then, stick around for the Wine Walk in both Historic Downtown and on the Sponge Docks from 4-9pm. Enjoy wines and goodies at participating stores and restaurants. The next evening on Sunday, the 11th,

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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 November, Nature’s Food Patch hosts free seminars for health and wellness. For a complete list of seminars and more information visit 11/8, “Culinary Herbs” Class, 2pm. Join UF/IFAS Pinellas County Master Gardener Ruth Davis. Free. Register at or call (727) 582-2603. 11/9, Belleair Republican Women’s Club Meeting and Luncheon, 11:30am. Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Belleair. Tickets $21. Speaker is Dr. Susan MacManus. Call (727) 595-1791 to R.S.V.P. or email 11/10, Upper Pinellas Singles (UPS), Picnic on the Dunedin Causeway, 5pm. All singles 50+ are welcome (non-denominational). Bring your own food and chair, East side of restrooms. For more information call (727) 729-7758 or email 11/10, The Oldsmar Historical Society will have local historian, Jerry Beverland, speak on Oldsmar past agriculture industry and elections, 10am. Teco Hall at the Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Dr. Oldsmar. FREE. 11/11, “Christmas Under The Oaks”, 36th Annual Arts & Crafts Show, 9am-4pm. Coachman Park, Clearwater.

Community Calendar 11/12, 11/14, 11/16, Senior Celebration! Join us for our 100th “Back To Basics” Computer Class. Free for all! 1204 Rogers St., Clearwater. Space limited. For more information call (727) 442-8104. 11/13, Clearwater Garden Club, 6:30pm. Wildcrafter and Folk Herbalist Willow LaMonte, will speak. 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. Call (727) 365-8574. 11/16 thru 11/18, Sunshine State Acoustic Camp. Information is available at www.cgmusicman. com/camp/. Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, 2900 31st Street South, St. Petersburg. 11/21, West Pasco County Genealogical Society, 2pm. Faith Lutheran Church, 5443 Sunset Rd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 271-0770 or visit 11/25, The Suncoast Genealogy Society, 1-4pm. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Free. Email Every Sunday, Scottish Country Dancing, 69:30pm. Beg./Exp. Singles welcome. Scottish American Hall, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin. Free for first time. Call (813) 962-4624 or (727) 787-3805. Every Sunday, Eating Disorders Anonymous, 7pm. Palm Harbor Family Counseling Center, 2311 Alt. 19, Suite 1, Palm Harbor. Call (727) 267-6247. Every Monday (except holidays), Nar-Anon for families and friends of those affected addiction, 10am & 7pm. Crystal Beach/Palm Harbor. Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave. Every 2nd & 4th Monday, NAMI Family & Friends Support Meetings, 7:30-9pm. Trinity Medical Center West Campus (Community Hospital), 5637 Marine Pkwy., New Port Richey. Call (727) 992-9653. Every 4th Monday, Central Gulf Coast Lodge, Sons of Italy, 7pm. Meets at the Elks Club, 237 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 787-3344. Every Tuesday, Food Addicts in Recovery Anony-

The Rest Of The Story commissioner from page 3 Centers Network is a new partner dedicated to getting youth to discover the outdoors. The Florida Public Archaeology Network is participating in archaeological research, summer camps and educational programs for the public. Just recently, the Alliance

cs rec from page 5 (727) 669-1916 and we will share all of our community opportunities with you.

November Highlights

11/6, Election Day, polls open 7am-7pm. 11/11, Land Rover TriRock Triathlon, 7am. Clearwater Beach. 11/11, Christmas Under the Oaks Arts & Crafts Show, 9am-4pm. Coachman Park. 11/16 thru 11/18, 28th Annual Festival of Trees. Presented by the UPARC Foundation at the Long Center located at 1501 N. Belcher Road in Clearwater. 11/21, Turkey Trot Kickoff Party, 5-7:30pm. Jack White Stadium at Clearwater High School located at 540 S. Hercules Ave. in Clearwater. 11/22, Turkey Trot Races, 7am. Jack White Stadium at Clearwater High School located at 540 S. Hercules Ave. in Clearwater. ◆ 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.

cs library from page 5 what it is like to have special needs. 11/15, Book Club, 2:30pm. This month’s title is “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls. 11/17 & 11/26, National Novel Writer’s Month (NaNoWriMo), Saturday 1pm and Monday 10:30am. We are offering two chances for you to come in and write! Space will be available in our meeting rooms for you to either write quietly or talk with others participating in the event about your novel. For more information about the national event visit Wednesdays, Homework Help, 3-5pm. Elementary school-age students. ◆ 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.

for Weedon Island Archeological Research and Education Inc. (AWIARE) took over the preserve’s ranger house and has made it into a guest lab/residence for visiting researchers who come to study Weedon Island’s history. With classrooms filled with eager students, an auditorium reverberating with fascinating presentations, an exhibit hall brimming with intriguing displays and an unblemished outside environment perfect for exploring nature, Weedon Island Preserve continues to be our community’s window to Pinellas County’s archaeological history and its present natural environment. For more information about the preserve visit or give them a call at (727) 453-6500. Plan a visit soon. Don’t be surprised if you learn a lot in one afternoon. And don’t be surprised if you love it! ◆

mous (FA), 7-8:30pm. Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Rd., Dunedin. Call (727) 501-2125. Every Tuesday, Upper Pinellas Singles (50+), 6pm. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 750 San Salvador, Dunedin. Call (727) 725-5453. Every Tuesday, Recovery International, Struggling with anxiety or depression, 1pm. 475 East Lake Rd., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 942-4095. 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays, Toastmasters, Tampa Bay Women Speakers, 6:30-8pm. On Top of the World, 2069 World Parkway Blvd E., Clearwater. Call (727) 485-5870. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, Palm Harbor Lions Club, 7pm. Tiffany’s, 3500 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Every 4th Tuesday, The Ronald Reagan Republican Club of Pinellas County, 6pm. Kally K’s, 1600 Main St., Dunedin. Call (727) 736-8087.

Every Wednesday, NAMI Connections, 7-8:30pm. Recovery support group for those living with mental illness. Trinity Medical Center West Campus, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call (727) 992-9653. Every Thursday, The Sons of Italy Central Gulf Coast Lodge #2708 offers beginner Italian classes, 5pm. Intermediate classes at 6:30pm. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 787-3344. Every Thursday, Genealogy Assistance, 1-3pm. Help with ancestry research. Study Room 4, Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Every Thursday, Recovery International, Struggling with anxiety or depression, 7:30pm. 1812 North Highland Ave. Call (727) 942-9008. ◆ For more information contact the club listed.

NORTH PINELLAS COUNTY FRESH MARKETS Downtown Clearwater Farmer’s Market

Downtown Clearwater hosts its market on Wednesdays from 9am-2pm at Station Square Park on the 500 and 600 block of Cleveland Street and includes live music. The market vendors will be selling farm fresh produce, delicious cheeses and gourmet foods, fresh baked goods, cut flowers, plants, pastries and unique gifts. Concessions are also available. The market will remain open until May 15th, 2013. Two hours of free parking are available at the Garden Ave. parking garage with ticket validation from the market manager. For more information call (727) 461-7674.

Dunedin Green Market

Downtown Dunedin hosts its market on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-2pm at Pioneer Park on Main Street. The market vendors will be selling organic produce, cheeses, artisan bread, plants and herbs, local honey, all natural pet treats, pickles, Alaskan Salmon, Florida seafood, olive salad, pastries and orchids. Free entertainment and parking is available. The market will remain open until the end of April 2013. There will be no market on November 10th and 23rd. Starting in May the market will be open on Saturdays from 8am-12pm through the end of July. For information call Market Manager, Richard Kendler at (727) 692-5353.

Palm Harbor Crossroads Farmer’s Market

Palm Harbor hosts its market on Sundays from 9am-2pm on the beautiful grounds of the Palm Harbor Historical Society located at 2043 Curlew Road. The market vendors will be selling locally grown fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices, plants, baked goods and seafood. For more information call (727) 724-3054.

Safety Harbor Farmer’s Market

Safety Harbor hosts its market on Thursdays from 9am-1pm around the Gazebo at John Wilson Park located 401 Main Street with Tampa Bay as the beautiful backdrop. The market vendors will be selling fresh and organic produce, flowers, plants, gourmet foods, seafood and hand-crafted jewelry. Concessions are also available. The market will remain open until May 9th, 2013. There is no market on Thanksgiving Day. For more information call (727) 724-1572.

Tarpon Springs Sunday Market

Tarpon Springs hosts its market on Sundays from 10am-3pm in Historic Downtown on the corner of S. Pinellas Ave. (Alt. 19) and Tarpon Ave. The market vendors will be selling locally grown produce, organics and handmade arts and crafts. Enjoy live music while shopping. For more information call (727) 458-1138. ◆

Susan Latvala is available at (727) 464-3276 or you can email her at

dr. little from page 7 we are not saving lives on a daily basis. But in the field of dentistry we are blessed with the opportunity to enrich and improve the quality of life for our patients and in that I feel a tremendous sense of pride and value. I imagine that patient returning home to his family with a new warm and beautiful smile and them appreciating the change in him. I can picture him at work the next day and the boost in morale at his office from employees seeing their boss grinning from ear to ear eager to show off his bright new brilliant teeth. I imagine him in meetings and working with contractors shaking hands and smiling. It is such a huge part of human interaction, even from infanthood, that a smile colors a person’s impression of you before they even get to know you and to be deprived of that ability is truly sad. When I arrived home that evening my wife met me at the door holding our six month old son. He took one look at me and broke out his best baby smile revealing his only two teeth and without thinking I smiled so broadly that my cheeks hurt. I realized that I might not have saved a life that day, but I helped my patient to enjoy one of the best things that life has to offer. And in that, I find true significance. ◆ Dunedin Family Dentistry is located at 2213 Curlew Road, Dunedin, (727) 787-4746, or (727) 787-6070

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