mobile home destroyed, dog killed in fire
A fire that killed a dog and destroyed a mobile home Wednesday might have been arson, authorities said. Largo Fire Rescue was called to Blue Skies Mobile Home Park at 614 Woodrow Ave. NW, No. 33, at 12:13 p.m. Firefighters arrived in less than two minutes, but the home was not salvageable, said Division Chief David Mixson. An arson dog was called in. "The dog hit on two spots where an accelerant may have been used," Mixson said. The home's owner was not home at the time of the fire. He has not been identified. A dog died in the fire, Mixson said. No other injuries were reported. An investigation is ongoing.
Officer's award to go for scholarships
A Clearwater police officer who serves as a school resource officer at Countryside High School has been awarded $1,000 for his work with students to promote teenage safe driving, police announced Wednesday. Officer John Cavaliere will split the award to distribute two $500 scholarships to two Countryside students. The award came from the Anthony Telesca Foundation and one of its corporate donors, Knology. The foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting safe driving practices among teens, was started by Telesca's parents after he died in a car accident in 2000. The award was based on a competition between Countryside, Clearwater and East Lake high schools, which Countryside won, to see how many students would view a teenager safe driving website and complete a questionnaire. Officer Cavaliere will hold an essay contest on the topic of seat belt or traffic safety; the two winners will each receive one of the scholarships. For information on the foundation, visit www.anthonytelesca.org.
Living Green Expo needs vendors
Organizers for the Dunedin Tampa Bay Living Green Expo needs vendors for the Oct. 16-17 expo. It will be at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available. Tents and tables are not provided. Contact Mo Eppley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thrift shop needs used merchandise
Sophia's Attic Thrift Shop, located in the Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., needs donations of gently used merchandise, including clothing, books, jewelry, art, collectibles and more. The thrift shop, set up to benefit Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation programs and help provide scholarships for those in need, is also looking for volunteers. Sophia's Attic is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, visit www.phrec.org or call (727) 771-6000.
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