Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

Clearwater Police Department receives letter of commendation

CLEARWATER

Police lauded for work to halt trafficking

The Clearwater Police Department received a letter of commendation Friday from the Clearwater Area Task Force on Human Trafficking and the Zonta Club of Pinellas. The groups recognized the police force for its work to rescue victims, prosecute traffickers and foster awareness. "The CPD goes far and beyond regular law enforcement in involving the community in the awareness and preventative measures to protect our children from the traffickers," said Zonta secretary Donna Lancaster. "We feel they deserve a great deal of credit for the hard work it takes to work these cases and deal with this horrific crime."

Mobile clinic offers immunizations

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital's Mobile Medical Clinic is offering free physicals and immunizations to low-income children in Pinellas County. The mobile will stop by the North Greenwood Recreation & Aquatic Complex, 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Services provided by the bilingual staff include dental fluoride varnishes, vision and developmental screenings, and child safety assessments. Eligible children are age 18 or younger who have Medicaid or no health insurance. Services are by appointment only. Prior immunization records and parental supervision are required. The clinic does not do sports physicals or cater to children with Florida KidCare. Call (727) 442-5355. To set up an appointment for the mobile's stop at the Hispanic Outreach Center, 612 Franklin St., from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21, call (727) 445-9734.

Hampton hosts free health fair

The Hampton at Clearwater will host a health fair, "A Recipe for Better Health," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. More than 50 local vendors will provide free product samples and free health screenings to the public, including screenings for skin cancer, oral cancer, balance issues and diabetes; memory testing; screening for visual and hearing problems; vascular screening; mini massage; skin rejuvenation; blood pressure testing; body mass index analysis; medication reviews; and food demonstrations. A door prize will be given every half hour, and refreshments will be served. Free parking will be available at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The Hampton is at 1099 McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater. Call (727) 726-8861 for more information.

OLDSMAR

Candidate forum will be rebroadcast

If you missed the city candidate forum that was held Thursday night, it is now available for viewing online or on the city's TV channel. Three candidates are seeking one seat on the City Council in the March 12 election: Gabby McGee, Dan Saracki and Suda Yantiss-Colon. The forum will replay daily at 8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Bright House digital Channel 615, Knology Channel 15 or Verizon Channel 43. Or it can be viewed any time on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhJZLpPtIh8.

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Detailed obituaries can be found in Section B.

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