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'Art on Denim' exhibit in Clearwater marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Exhibit brings attention to sexual violence

"Art on Denim," an exhibit honoring the victims of sexual assault, is on display through April 30 at the Juvenile Welfare Board Children's Services Council of Pinellas County, 14155 58th St. Sexual Assault Awareness Month will culminate with an artist's reception, "Survivors Speak — Wear You Voice," from 5 to 8 p.m. April 30 at the JWB Children's Services Council, and feature guest speakers and activities to highlight the annual national campaign against sexual violence. Light refreshments will be served. The free event is sponsored by Family Service Centers Inc. and Florida Craftsmen Inc. Call (727) 531-0482, ext. 5244.

Tarpon Springs

Drawbridge closes for maintenance

Beckett Bascule Bridge, which spans the Whitcomb Bayou from Riverside Drive to North Spring Boulevard, will close Monday through Friday for drawbridge maintenance and speed hump installations. The traffic-calming devices will be installed on both approaches to the bridge to reduce vehicular speeds over it and to decrease impacts to the structure. During the closure, all vehicles must use the detour route to bypass the bridge.

Tree-friendly city wins recognition

For the second consecutive year, Tarpon Springs has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. The national recognition is a result of the city meeting four standards: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and Arbor Day observance and proclamation. "This substantiates our goal of becoming a more green city by planting trees and the direction that we are going with our community," said the Mayor Beverley Billiris. The city also has a new "adopt-a-tree" program and "gift tree" program. For more information about those programs, visit

Neighborhood group meets

The public is invited to join the Council of North County Neighborhoods at its April meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., to meet with community police officers to talk about home safety, discuss the Keystone Road/Tarpon Avenue widening project, and hear a guest speaker on coyote safety during mating season. Other topics will include East Lake youth sports safety and expansion planning and Tarpon Woods stormwater management. For more information, call Don Ewing Jr. at (727) 560-5586 or visit

Pinellas deaths

Local and regional obituaries are in Section B.

'Art on Denim' exhibit in Clearwater marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month 04/18/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 18, 2009 1:45pm]
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