Thursday, June 21, 2018
News Roundup

Briefly: Beckett Bridge in Tarpon Springs reopens today

TARPON SPRINGS

beckett bridge reopens today after repair

Beckett Bridge on Riverside Drive, closed earlier this week for an emergency repair, reopens today. The pickup of barricades is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. The bridge, which crosses over Whitcomb Bayou, was closed Monday after a metal strip that is part of an expansion joint came loose and was sticking out into traffic.

CLEARWATER

New chairwoman at Early Learning

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Julie A. Daniels as chairwoman of the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County's board of directors. Daniels, 48, of Palm Harbor, is president of Handyman Matters. She succeeds Palm Harbor chiropractor Ken Peluso. The Early Learning Coalition is one of 31 coalitions across the state that provide voluntary prekindergarten and other programming for youngsters. Daniels' term ends April 30.

COUNTYWIDE

Buy apples, nuts for a good cause

The annual 4-H apple and pecan sale sponsored by the Pinellas County 4-H Association is in full swing. This sale is the main fundraiser for the association. Each year, the group awards $6,000 in grants for 4-H camps and trips, 4-H Legislature, 4-H Congress and, most recently, college scholarships. This year, the sale is featuring yellow Delicious and Empire apples, priced at $44 for a 40-pound bushel or $24 for a half-bushel. Pecans, halves or pieces, are available in 1-pound bags. Chocolate-covered pecans, chocolate-cluster pecans and cinnamon-glazed pecans are offered in 12-ounce decorative bags. All bags are $11 each. Any 4-H member can take your prepaid order, or orders can be placed through the 4-H Association website at pc4hassociation.org. Orders must be placed by Oct. 1. Pickup will be Oct. 25-28 at the Chester Ochs 4-H Educational Center, 14644 113th Ave. N in Largo.

DUNEDIN

'Celebrity' chefs cook for art center

Join the Dunedin Fine Art Center's Sterling Society for music, entertainment and games during the "Men on Fire for the Arts" grilling party. The art center fundraiser, to be held 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Weaver Park, will feature the Florida Fusion Grilling creations of eight community leaders serving as celebrity chefs: retired Dunedin City Attorney John Hubbard; Vice Mayor Ron Barnette; state Sen. Jack Latvala; artist and fashion designer Michael Vollbracht; Tampa Bay Times pop music critic Sean Daly; Tampa Bay magazine publisher Aaron Fodiman; Pinellas County sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Kurella; and Nurses Choice president Ed Halleran. Dunedin Firefighters Association members will act as "celebrity bartenders." Music will be provided by the Mud Flappers and DJ Elevation. There will be an after party for sponsors at the historic Blatchley House. Tickets start at $100 and sponsorship levels range from $500 to $5,000. Attendance is limited to 150 people. For additional information, visit dfac.org, call (727) 298-3322 or email [email protected]

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