nightly closing: ROOSEVELT, EAST BAY AT u.s. 19
Starting tonight, eastbound State Road 686 — also known as East Bay Drive and Roosevelt Boulevard — will close at U.S. 19 nightly between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. for bridge painting. The road closure is expected to last about 10 nights. Traffic will be detoured around the work zone using U.S. 19 frontage roads. Detour signs will be posted. U.S. 19 will remain open, officials said.
Oh, phooey, Phinley's out
The winning streak has ended for Clearwater Threshers mascot Phinley. In online voting, Phinley had made it to the final four of the Mascot Mania contest to select the most popular Minor League Baseball mascot in the nation. But during the semifinals, Ike the Spike of the State College Spikes (Pittsburgh Pirates minor-league team) received 54 percent of the online votes, pushing Phinley out of the race on Friday. Phinley didn't go away empty-handed, though. He is the 2012 South Region Champion. The two mascots in the final round are Ike and Orbit of the Albuquerque Isotopes (Los Angeles Dodgers). A winner will be announced after voting closes on Monday.
Benefit to help stabbing victim
A benefit will be held June 30 for Melissa Dohme, a 20-year-old Clearwater woman who survived a brutal stabbing attack last year outside her home next to Crest Lake Park. The benefit will run from 3 to 8 p.m. at the park, located along Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard near S Highland Avenue. The benefit, which will help with Dohme's mounting medical and therapy bills, will feature live music, food, raffle prizes, arts and crafts booths, a silent auction, a kids' zone and more. For more information, go to melissadohme.com or supportmelissa.com, or call (727) 479-4485 or (727) 474-5440.
Blue Jays host chili cookoff
The Dunedin Blue Jays are seeking individuals to compete alongside restaurants in the team's first Chili Cook-Off on June 24. Votes will be tallied for "Best Chili" in the restaurant and individual divisions. Registration is $35, which in turn becomes a donation to the RCS Food Bank of Clearwater. Tasting begins when the gates open at 4 p.m. for the Jays' 5 p.m. game against the Bradenton Marauders. Game tickets cost $10, and include a bowl and a spoon to sample all entries. Buy tickets in advance at dunedinbluejays.com, or on game day at the box office at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave. For more information on the cookoff or to register, call Mike Liberatore at (727) 733-9302.
Reclaimed water is off this weekend
A leak in a water transmission line along the Pinellas Trail has forced county officials to turn off reclaimed water service to the majority of the town of Belleair, said Pinellas County spokesman Tom Iovino. Crews responded to the leak about 6:30 p.m. Friday. The county will dispatch workers Monday to make permanent repairs to the pipe, in hopes that full water service will be restored by Tuesday. Reclaimed water is used solely for irrigation.