Clearwater Beach post office to close
The U.S. Postal Service announced Friday that it will close the Clearwater Beach post office on Jan. 20. All retail and post office box services will be moved to the post office in downtown Clearwater on Cleveland Street, effective Jan. 23. Fees will remain the same, and customers with P.O. boxes will keep the same addresses they had at the Clearwater Beach station. Hours of operation for the downtown post office are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Clearwater Beach customers also can buy stamps, mail packages and conduct other mailing business at the Beach Print Shack Contract Postal Unit at 241 Windward Passage in Clearwater Beach without having to cross the causeway to the mainland. That office is open from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday and from 9 to noon Saturdays.
PSTA Route 52 bus schedule to change
Effective today, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Route 52 bus schedule will be changed to better accommodate increased ridership on the route. Due to budget constraints, no additional trips are being added, but the scheduled times are being adjusted to provide more accurate and reliable arrival and departure times. With the second highest ridership in PSTA's system, Route 52 travels between Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg and the Park Street Terminal in downtown Clearwater. Along the way it serves Grand Central Station, the Shoppes at Park Place, the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center, Tri-City Plaza and Imperial Palms. In the future, PSTA hopes to increase service along this route with the help of a service development grant. New timetables are available at PSTA's Customer Service Centers, on board the Route 52 buses, via mail, and in digital form at PSTA.net.
Willa Carson center taking donations
The Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center at 108 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. is accepting monetary donations to meet its annual fundraising goal. Funds will be used by the center's free clinic to provide free nonemergency medical services to about 7,000 uninsured and low-income families and children living in Clearwater and neighboring cities. Services include preventive health care and wellness, and education programs directed toward achieving holistic health. For more information or to make a donation, call (727) 467-9411 or visit willacarsonhwc.org.
City accepting food donations
The city is accepting donations for its community food drive through Dec. 21. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, visit City Hall, 542 Main St., to drop off nonperishable foods for local pantries. While you're there, check out the large oak tree and the light post that officials decorated as part of Operation Twinkle, a light pole-decorating contest downtown.