Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Roundup

Beach nominations due, fitness classes set and more

Beach businesses of the year: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for nonprofit, women/minority owned, small business (1-20 workers), medium (21-100) and large (over 100). Nomination forms are at tampabaybeaches.com and can be faxed to (727) 360.2233 or emailed to [email protected] Deadline to submit entries is Friday. The awards presentation will be Jan. 9 at Tradewinds in St. Pete Beach. For information, call (727) 360-6957.

Swimming program: Join a diverse group of swimmers and triathletes for early morning workouts and coaches on deck at every practice. Classes are from 5:30 to 7 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Free tryout on your first visit. Cost is $30 pool fee and $40 coaching fee. Participants must have a U.S. Masters registration. St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Info: (727) 363-9245.

Creative Exercise: A toning, stretching, laughing, dancing "I feel good" class with music is designed for those over 50. Classes are 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Monday and Friday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 893-7326 or visit stpete.org/boyd.

St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation offers before- and after-school programs for children in grades K-8. Camps are weekdays at 11 locations through June 4. Full-day activities are also provided when Pinellas schools are not in session, plus spring, winter and fall breaks. Call (727) 893-7441 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

Clothes to Kids needs girls and boys tops small to extra large, pants and shorts sizes 6 to 16, and shoes sizes 12 to 5 ½. Also young men's shorts sizes 18-38. Drop off items from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145, St. Petersburg. Monetary donations can be mailed to 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater, FL 33765 or dropped off at the store. Call (727) 441-5050 or visit clothestokids.org.

Daystar Life Center needs volunteers: The next information session will be at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, contact Kitty Rawson at (727) 498-8794 or [email protected]

Joyful Yoga: Enjoy soothing moves from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Willis S. Johns Recreation Center, 6635 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. The first class is free, then it's $25 a month, or $7 per class, with an Advantage card. Call (727) 893-7756 or visit stpeteparksrec.org.

The Sixth Congress of the African People's Socialist Party will be held Dec. 7-11. Featured speakers include Black Agenda Report senior editor Glen Ford; Ralph Poynter, "Free Lynne Stewart" campaigner and husband of the imprisoned lawyer; and African Socialist International Secretary General Luwezi Kinshasa. Events begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. For a list of events, visit asiuhuru.org or call (727) 821-6620.

Comments
St. Petersburg police sergeant demoted after throwing bullet at fellow officer

St. Petersburg police sergeant demoted after throwing bullet at fellow officer

ST. PETERSBURG — A long-tenured St. Petersburg police sergeant and executive vice president of the local police union is being demoted to the rank of officer after he threw a bullet at another sergeant while on duty, the department said Wednesday.Jam...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Allegiant Air mechanics ask to be represented by Teamsters

Allegiant Air mechanics ask to be represented by Teamsters

Allegiant Air mechanics filed with the federal government Wednesday to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. If the petition is passed, the union would negotiate on behalf of the mechanics and related technicians on issues suc...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Andrei Vasilevskiy’s dreams are coming true

Andrei Vasilevskiy’s dreams are coming true

GLENDALE, Ariz — Nikita Kucherov’s toughest challenge isn’t facing Canadiens goalie Carey Price, or Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky.It comes in practice against Andrei Vasilevskiy. "I’ve been saying, I thought he was going to be the top goalie in the leag...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Thefts from cell towers in Ruskin, Gibsonton interrupt service, deputies say

Thefts from cell towers in Ruskin, Gibsonton interrupt service, deputies say

Lost phone signal recently?The culprit might be a Ruskin man who stole thousands of dollars of equipment that had powered Verizon and T-Mobile towers, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The theft interrupted cell tower signals on ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Train strikes stalled semi, out spills frozen chicken, beef and fish

LAKELAND — Residents got some frozen treats the hard way Wednesday morning, hours after a CSX train struck a semitrailer truck, splitting it in half and spilling its load of frozen beef, chicken and fish onto the roadway.The train was traveling from ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Editorial: Congress should block efforts to expand offshore drilling

Editorial: Congress should block efforts to expand offshore drilling

Timing is everything, and Sen. Bill Nelson seized the right moment this week to call on his colleagues to pass legislation he filed earlier this year that would block the Trump administration from opening additional areas to offshore drilling. With t...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Bucs’ Mike Evans gives the gift of perspective

Bucs’ Mike Evans gives the gift of perspective

TAMPA — So, this is Christmas.The Bucs are having an awful season. There is no way around it. Star receiver Mike Evans isn’t having a great year, either, not nearly as many catches or touchdowns as last season, when he was selected for the Pro Bowl.S...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Highlands County students hurt when semi hits school bus

Four Highlands County school children and their bus driver were injured Wednesday morning when their school bus was struck by a semitrailer truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place just before 8 a.m. on U.S. 27 and Lake Pla...
Updated: 2 hours ago

When to see the Geminid Meteor Shower light up Tampa Bay (w/video)

Folks around Tampa Bay will be treated to quite the light show Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.And it has nothing to do with Christmas.The Geminid Meteor Shower will produce as many as 120 meteors per hour.The best time to view? We hope yo...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Goodman: The night Alabama woke up America

Goodman: The night Alabama woke up America

After weeks during which the people of Alabama were prejudged as incapable or unwilling to decipher right from wrong, they proved themselves by blazing a new path to virtue.They defied tradition. They defied political party. They defied the elites wh...
Updated: 2 hours ago