Police honor fallen officers today in park
The public is invited to honor the four Clearwater police officers who have died in the line of duty at the 29th annual memorial service at 10 a.m. today at Station Square Park, 612 Cleveland St. The event, which is hosted by Clearwater Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 10 and the Clearwater Police Department, will feature a roll call to honor all Florida police officers who died in the line of duty last year, a wreath-laying ceremony and a 21-gun salute. State and local officials will attend. The ceremony will pay tribute to Clearwater officers Harry L. Conyers (1967), Peter M. Price (1969) and John F. Passer (1970), all of whom died in motorcycle accidents, and Officer Ronald J. Mahony (1977), who was hit and killed by a man fleeing a traffic stop. For information, go to clearwaterpolice.org/memorial/index.asp.
School gets funds for new courses
Dunedin Highland Middle, 70 Patricia Ave., will receive more than $50,000 in cash and in-kind support to offer environmental studies to its students over the next two years. Teachers plan to introduce students to the curriculum during a trip next week to Honeymoon Island State Park. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will partner with Dunedin Highland Middle to enhance science literacy through hands-on and outdoor lab experiences for teachers and students. The grant will fund activities including outdoor science labs, teacher professional development workshops, multistate video conferences and environmental service learning projects.
Children's charity fundraiser today
Community Pride Child Care's first "Every Child Counts Chari-Tea" fundraiser, hosted by Reginald Roundtree, will be today in the community room of Church of St. Brendan, 245 Dory Passage, Clearwater. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for networking, followed by lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The organization's goal is to raise funds to help young children in the community who have been exposed to poverty, prejudice, homelessness or violence, and promote self-esteem, independence and a desire for learning. RSVPs are requested. Call (727) 512-4801.
Police to offer free document disposal
To reduce the chances of identity theft, the Clearwater Police Department is offering free document shredding from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Westfield Countryside Shopping Center, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Shredding is advised for documents containing personal information such as account numbers, birth dates, passwords, Social Security numbers and signatures. The event is open to the public. Anyone can bring documents and they will be shredded on site at no charge.