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A reminder to protect cars against burglars


Beware of car burglaries, police warn

Police are warning people to be careful not to fall victim to car burglars this summer. The frequency of these crimes goes up every summer and during the holiday season, according to police spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts. In July, police reported 121 vehicle burglaries in Clearwater, up from about 75 per month during April, May and June. Many of the vehicles were left unlocked, Daly-Watts said, while others had their windows smashed. The loot includes GPS systems, iPod and other MP3 players, cameras, wallets and purses. Daly-Watts said the majority of the burglaries occurred at night or early in the morning in residential areas. The burglaries, she said, are an issue citywide.

Picnic to highlight city's diversity

A multicultural back-to-school picnic with free school supplies, hot dogs, entertainment and children's activities for residents of the East Gateway neighborhood is planned for 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Glen Oaks Park, 1345 Court St., Clearwater. The event is sponsored by the city and is focused on celebrating the diversity of the neighborhood and bringing new and longtime residents together to get acquainted and learn about ways to get involved in the neighborhood's revitalization process. For information, call (727) 562-4047 or visit


Volunteer in kayak and canoe cleanup

Volunteers are needed for a canoe and kayak cleanup Aug. 9 of trash and debris from the Largo Paddling Trail that flows from Highland Avenue to Lake Seminole. The event will start with a check-in, briefing and breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Largo Preserve, 150 Highland Ave. SE. It is sponsored by the Green Armada, River Quest and the city of Largo. Those interested in volunteering should register at Those who don't have their own kayak or canoe can reserve a seat by calling Joe Gonzalez toll-free at 1-800-496-9161 and pressing 1 for Tampa Bay and then 3 for volunteer and event activities.

Give to U.S. troops in Middle East

American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St. in Clearwater, is taking donations of snacks, food and toiletries for troops in the Middle East. Other locations to take donations are in Madeira Beach: the Army Recruiting Office, 11223 78th Ave. N; VFW Post 9272, 10997 Gulf Blvd.; and Extra Space Storage, 4319 Duhme Road. Money donations are also needed to cover shipping. Money orders or checks can be made out to Postmaster and mailed to P.O. Box 86223, Madeira Beach, FL 33738. For information, call Joe Tapp at (727) 432-1057.

Pinellas deaths

Blasik, Mildred R.

Clark, John R.

Marchand, Sam R.

Mitru, Zoltan

Neumann, Ann Contaras

Rambuski, Lynn D.

Strauss, Louise "Lou"

Williams, Esther "Edie"

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

A reminder to protect cars against burglars 07/30/08 [Last modified: Friday, August 1, 2008 1:19pm]
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