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Clearwater briefs: With check comes a challenge to help Carson center


WIth check comes challenge to help center

Some relief is on the way for the Willa Carson Health Resource Center, which is more than $40,000 in debt. Last week, the Garrett Staples Osteosarcoma Research Fund presented the center with a check for $10,000 and issued a challenge to the residents of Tampa Bay. For every dollar donated to the center through April 18, the Garret Staples Foundation will match the amount. The center, located at 1108 N Martin Luther King Ave., opened in 2000 and has provided free health care to more than 30,000 patients. For more information, call (727) 467-9411 or visit

Humane Society has a new spot

The Humane Society of Pinellas will hold an open house from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the opening of the Deanna Marie Palestra Humane Education Center. The new facility, located at the society's headquarters at 3040 State Road 590 in Clearwater, will provide summer camps for children of various age groups, training in basic animal care, educational programs for adults and kids, and more. Money for the center was provided by the Palestra family's Deanna Marie Palestra Memorial Fund. For more information, visit or call (727) 797-7722.


Grant will help fix

hurricane damage

The city of Dunedin has been awarded a $40,000 grant to restore historic Hammock Park. The funds will be used to remove exotic invasive vegetation from the park that grew in areas that were stripped bare when large trees toppled from high winds from Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2005. The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase involves removing the invasive plants. The second will be replacing them with native trees, shrubs and groundcover.


Take the family

on a night hike

Experience Brooker Creek Preserve after dark with a family night hike from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Learn more about the adaptations of nocturnal animals while exploring the Education Center Trail. The preserve is at 3940 Keystone Road. The free event is best for families with children ages 10 and up. Registration is required by calling (727) 453-6800.

Pinellas deaths

Adams, Marie Paula

Barlow, Bryant Beason

Caldwell, Andrew

Garcia, Manuel Martinez

Grammatico, Lynn Ann

Hahn, Doris E.

Nixon, Elaine R.

Rades, Rory Raymond

Reid, Scott

Skotis, Katina

Thomas, Diane L.

Vasquez-Camacho, Darlene

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Clearwater briefs: With check comes a challenge to help Carson center 03/24/08 [Last modified: Monday, March 24, 2008 7:57pm]
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