Sunday, October 21, 2018
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Hometown North Pinellas

Guardian Angels Catholic School receives $10K grant after fifth-grader wins contest

A new outdoor classroom is opening at Guardian Angels Catholic School in Clearwater after a $10,000 grant from TurfMutt, an environmental stewardship and education program managed by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s Research and Education Foundation and Massey Services. The classroom is designed to help kids learn valuable science, math and other lessons about the environment.

The grant came after Marissa Weber, a fifth-grader from Palm Harbor, won the TurfMutt "Be a Backyard Superhero" contest this year. Weber’s winning entry was a story depicting TurfMutt and the Outdoor Powers along with her original character "Earthy the Worm" fighting Dust Demon, a TurfMutt-branded evil character, to encourage healthy soil.

The contest is sponsored annually by TurfMutt, which inspires and educates students in grades K-5 and their families, encouraging them to appreciate and care for the green spaces around them including their family yards, school yards, parks and more. Weber’s teacher, Sandra Hoolihan, was presented with the first-ever National TurfMutt Teacher Award and a trip to the National Science Teachers Association annual convention in spring.

East Lake Fire Rescue raises more than $20K this year

East Lake Fire Rescue’s Fourth Annual 5k Run/Walk for Charity raised more than $20,000 this year. The department donated $7,500 each to Friends of Joshua House and the Children’s Burn Foundation of Florida, $1,000 to the RAP house, $1,000 to the annual Varsity Club Community Fundraiser and $500 to their CERT team. All the remaining funds will be donated throughout the year to other charities.

NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN MARCHING BAND WINS STATE TITLE:

Northside Christian School Royal Ambassador Marching Band won the state title at the recent Florida Marching Band Championships. Five bands from across the state competed at each of five levels for the title. The bands are categorized according to the number of students playing instruments on the field.

North Pinellas residents graduate basic training: U.S. Air Force Airmen Parker Bowman and Hunter Gast graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airmen completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Bowman is the son of Gregg and Tabetha Bowman of Dunedin and a 2016 graduate of a home school program in Dunedin. Gast is the son of Cody, Scott and Andrea Gast of Palm Harbor. He is a 2017 graduate of Dunedin High School.

Episcopal Church of the Ascension donates to Pack-A-Sack program: The Episcopal Church of the Ascension donated more than $2,600 to pay for milk in the Pack-A-Sack program run by First United Methodist Clearwater. An earlier grant for milk had expired, and the ECOA stepped in to fill the gap. Each week, the First United Methodist Clearwater’s Pack-A-Sack program provides small sacks of healthy food items for food insecure children at Belleair Elementary School to take home over the weekend. FUMC provided weekly nutritious bags of food for 135 students throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

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Jacksonville shooting: 6 shot, 3 in critical condition; Picture of car released

Jacksonville shooting: 6 shot, 3 in critical condition; Picture of car released

JACKSONVILLE — Six people have been shot a few blocks from an NFL stadium in Jacksonville, and three are in critical condition, authorities reported.No suspect is yet in custody, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.About 12:35 p.m., a vehi...
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Bucs-Browns: Grading Tampa Bay’s 26-23 overtime victory over Cleveland

Bucs-Browns: Grading Tampa Bay’s 26-23 overtime victory over Cleveland

TAMPA — Had it all the way.Man, are the Browns bad.Man, the Bucs are, too.It was an awful affair. The Bucs couldn't get away. The Browns wouldn't go away. Overtime.This game deserved to end in a tie.No.Meet the hero, Chandler Catanzaro, whose 5...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Bucs-Browns: Chandler Catanzaro, Tampa Bay redeem themselves in 26-23 overtime win

Bucs-Browns: Chandler Catanzaro, Tampa Bay redeem themselves in 26-23 overtime win

TAMPA — Chandler Catanzaro needed redemption. So did the Bucs.Having missed an extra point and a 40-yard field goal to win the game at the end of regulation, Catanzaro connected on a career-long 59-yard field goal with 1:50 remaining in overtim...
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AP Top 25: Florida Gators in top 10, USF remains steady

AP Top 25: Florida Gators in top 10, USF remains steady

The Florida Gators moved up two spots to No. 9 in the latest AP Top 25 poll released Sunday. That's their highest ranking since 2015 and sets up a top-10 showdown Saturday against No. 7 Georgia. It'll be the first top-10 matchup between the two rival...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Former Gulf star Alton Voss bringing cautionary tale back home

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Contrary to conventional logic, former Gulf High three-way star Alton Voss lived to tell about his downward spiral into drug addiction.This week, he'll tell it to Pasco County students.Voss, a onetime USF signee who resurrected his career (and earned...
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Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Florida Gators over Ohio State

Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Florida Gators over Ohio State

Coming up with my weekly AP Top 25 ballot, I'm always faced with new questions I never considered.Like this one, from 247Sports' excellent Gators writer, Thomas Goldkamp:Does Florida move past Ohio State in this week’s rankings? Legit question....
Updated: 7 hours ago
Driver dead in single-car crash in Riverview, deputies say

Driver dead in single-car crash in Riverview, deputies say

RIVERVIEW — A driver in a single-car crash early Sunday morning, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.About 1:20 a.m., deputies found the driver unresponsive, after his car crashed into a chain link fence and power pole.No one else w...
Updated: 8 hours ago
FHP: Pedestrian, 70, hit and killed in Brandon

FHP: Pedestrian, 70, hit and killed in Brandon

BRANDON — A 70-year-old woman was hit and killed crossing State Road 60 on Saturday night, troopers reported.Mary J. Philip, of New Port Richey, was walking across the road near Mount Carmel Road about 11:11 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Pat...
Updated: 8 hours ago
TPD: Man driving wrong way on Selmon Expressway with lights off kills 68-year-old

TPD: Man driving wrong way on Selmon Expressway with lights off kills 68-year-old

TAMPA — Police said a man driving recklessly and affected by alcohol headed the wrong way on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway and hit and killed another driver early Sunday morning.Shortly after midnight, Stephen Joseph Paleveda, 27, was driving a Ford ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
FHP: Pedestrian, 87, hit and killed crossing State Road 52

FHP: Pedestrian, 87, hit and killed crossing State Road 52

PORT RICHEY — A driver hit and killed a pedestrian on State Road 52 near Bayonet Point, troopers reported.About 5:49 p.m., the pedestrian, 87-year-old Daniel William Troy, was walking north across the road, east of Meadow Drive.At the same time, Chri...
Updated: 8 hours ago