Sunday, February 25, 2018
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10 top gifts for baby boomers

What do you get for someone who has seen and done nearly everything? Today's baby boomers are noted for having been there, done that. But, even if true, they still like to unwrap presents like everyone else. • So, with a lifetime of experiences in mind, we have searched out a variety of potential gifts for our readers. There's a mix of the practical and the just plain fun. We tried to keep your holiday budget in mind (with one or two rather lavish exceptions). Prices do not include taxes or shipping and handling (if applicable). • One more shopping tip: When buying for family and friends, don't forget that you can buy for yourself, too. (We won't tell.)



Gift: Donate a llama or alpaca

Cost: $150 per animal or $20 for a partial donation

Details: Heifer International in Little Rock, Ark., provides llamas and alpacas to families who live in high altitudes (Peru, Ecuador) and use the animals' wool for clothes to wear or sell.

Contact: or toll-free 1-890-422-0474



Gift: Big Time Atomic Clock

Cost: $99.95

Details: This electric clock offers numbers 4 inches tall. It measures more than 16 by 10 inches, for desk or wall. Easy on the eyes and memory; the clock automatically resets itself when batteries are replaced or daylight saving time kicks in.

Contact: firstSTREET of Colonial Heights, Va., at or toll-free 1-800-704-1210



Gift: GolfLogix

Cost: App is free; additional features for annual membership of $19.95

Details: Free download to smartphones, providing maps of more than 30,000 golf courses worldwide. Additional features include map of all shots taken and automatic scorekeeping. Your ball still might get lost, but you never will.

Contact: or toll-free 1-877-977-0162



Gift: A Taste of the Florida grape

Cost: Average price $19 and up

Details: The Florida Orange Groves Winery on Pasadena Avenue S in St. Petersburg has been bottling and branding wines since 1997. Choices include wine, wine pouches, wine mixers, wine smoothies and even the Redneck Wine Glass — a hybrid beer can and wine glass.

Contact: or toll-free 1-800-338-7923



Gift: A copy of The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study by Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin

Cost: $25.95 (hardback) or $16 (paperback)

Details: Rather than being preached at about the food we should eat or the exercise we should be getting, this book reports on the habits and personalities of people who lived long lives. Learn what worked for them.

Contact: or toll-free 1-866-216-1072



Gift: D23 annual membership

Cost: Silver membership, $34.99; Gold membership, which includes a monthly newsletter, $74.99

Details: D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will have numerous "Fanniversary Celebrations" in 2013. Members receive discounts on Disney merchandise, invitations to special events and advance notice of ticket sales to special movie screenings and Walt Disney World events.

Contact: or toll-free 1-855-323-5973



Gift: A "Stay Well" Room at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Cost: $119 per night

Details: If you know someone who has plans to see one or more of the growing array of Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas, the cross-country flight jet lag can be reduced with more than a dozen amenities designed to reset the body's internal clock. Features include blue-shaded lights to reduce jet lag, vitamin C-infused showers and even optional aromatherapy.

Contact: or toll-free 1-800-929-1111



Gift: Stereo Turntable with AM/FM Radio

Cost: $89.95

Details: Dig out that old vinyl — 45s and 33 1/3rds — and dial back the years along with the tunes. Turntable comes with built-in speakers in a wooden cabinet.

Contact: firstSTREET of Colonial Heights, Va., at or toll-free 1-800-704-1210



Gift: On-Call International Membership

Cost: $425 a year

Details: A year's membership provides medical and travel assistance for both domestic and international travel. Includes everything from transportation home in a medical emergency to assistance for family members (including grandchildren).

Contact: or toll-free 1-800-575-5014



Gift: Rent a cabana, get a massage.

Cost: Cabana prices start at $25; massages and spa services vary.

Details: Half- or full-day cabana treat at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. The spas surround the infinity pool and come with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, food and beverage options, private bathroom and even a butter-rum scrub massage.

Contact: or (727) 373-1234

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

TAMPA — Officials reopened roads near Citrus Park Mall Saturday evening that had been closed in the afternoon for a natural gas leak caused by a car crash, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fi...
Updated: 9 hours ago

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Updated: 10 hours ago

Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

The National Rifle Association lashed out at corporations rushing to abandon it on Saturday, as companies from United Airlines to Best Western have cut ties with the gun lobby organization.Without context, twin announcements from Delta and United air...
Updated: 10 hours ago

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is "Up to S...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. U.N. humanitarian ch...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Updated: 11 hours ago
Call her more than just a survivor

Call her more than just a survivor

TAMPA — On the quiet morning of Oct. 8, 2011, a 30-ton freight truck ran a stop sign in the small town of Clinton, Conn.It ran over Colleen Kelly Alexander, who was riding a bicycle.The truck's front wheels crushed her, then spit her to the bac...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

TAMPA — A male motorcyclist died early Saturday morning on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Tampa Police Department said.About 1:35 a.m., the victim rode his motorcycle west on the Courtney Campbell at high speeds, police said. The motorcycle stru...
Published: 02/24/18
Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

TAMPA — Roughly 20 minutes into Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, reigning champ A.J. Richmond glanced over his left shoulder to former college teammate Jon Mott and flashed a quick hand signal."He was telling me that t...
Published: 02/24/18