Police report rise in vehicle burglaries
In response to a rash of vehicle burglaries in the area, Clearwater police are urging people to not leave valuable items in their cars. Since Jan. 22, 38 burglaries from vehicles have occurred. In all cases, a car window was smashed and a purse or briefcase was taken, Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said Wednesday. Most of the time, the items were clearly visible. The burglaries occurred throughout the city, but authorities think certain locations have been targeted, including day-care facilities, churches, parks and fitness centers. Police urge people to lock vehicles, park in well-lit areas and use anti-theft devices. Suspicious activity should be reported to (727) 562-4080.
North Ward school to hold open house
A Goodbye Open House will be held at North Ward Elementary School, 900 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. North Ward, which opened in 1915, is scheduled to close at the end of this school year. Teachers and staff will host the event. Alumni, former school employees and members of the community are invited to tour the historic school building. Light refreshments will be served and a musical performance by current students is scheduled. For information, call (727) 469-5982.
Police seek vehicle in April 8 crash
Largo police are seeking help in locating a vehicle involved in an April 8 crash. According to authorities, a car traveling south on U.S. 19 near the 66th Street overpass at about 8:40 a.m. lost a Werner 24-foot ladder that fell onto the road. Later, a motorcyclist was seriously injured after hitting the ladder and being thrown from the bike. Anyone with information should contact Largo police traffic homicide investigator Keith Snyder at (727) 587-6730.
Swiftmud to host two-day workshop
The Southwest Water Management District will present a two-day workshop "Ground Water Institute For Teachers" Friday and Saturday at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Hands-on activities include a field trip to one of Tampa Bay Water's well fields and taking part in a stormwater exercise with an American Ground Water Trust scientist. For more information, call Mary Margaret Hull toll-free at 1-800-423-1476 or (352) 279-3473. Visit agwt.org/teachers/institutehome.htm.
Film has lesson on Cuba, oil reliance
The city of Tarpon Springs will show The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, at 2 p.m. Saturday. The film is directed by Faith Morgan and shown with permission from the Institute for Community Solutions. The free screening is at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. For information, call (727) 942-5605.