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Clearwater police will beef up efforts over holiday

CLEARWATER

Clearwater police will conduct a traffic safety detail over the Thanksgiving holiday in an effort to reduce the number of vehicle accidents. Operation Safe Holiday will be in effect today through Sunday at intersections with high traffic volume or elevated crash rates. Officers will focus on red light violations, speeding and aggressive driving. Additional officers also will be at large retail areas, such as Westfield Countryside and Clearwater malls, to watch for safe driving practices in parking lots and to prevent auto burglaries, retail thefts and other crimes of opportunity.

Farmers Market will be open today

The downtown Clearwater Farmers Market will be held today, just as it will be every Wednesday through May 31. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 500 and 600 blocks of Cleveland Street. The market offers a cornucopia of fresh fruit, veggies, cheeses, breads and honey. Aside from fresh produce, vendors sell all kinds of food ranging from hot dogs to crab claws to homemade chocolate and macaroni.

Aquarium drops prices over holidays

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is rolling back admission prices for Florida residents now through Jan. 4. Prices are $11 for adults, $7.50 for children and $9 for seniors. Regular prices are $12.95 for adults, $8.95 for kids and $9.95 for seniors. The facility is also launching its Wade with Winter program, which will let people interact in the water with two Atlantic bottlenose dolphins: Winter, the rescued tailless dolphin that uses a prosthetic to maneuver through the water, and Panama. The program will be offered on select days of the week. Cost: $149. For booking information, visit www.SeeWinter.com or call (727) 441-1790, ext. 222.

Dunedin

Apply for Public Safety Committee

The city of Dunedin is accepting applications from city residents to volunteer for the Public Safety Committee. Duties include assessing quality of life issues related to public safety and making recommendations on safety issues in law enforcement, fire protection, emergency services and disaster planning. The application deadline is Dec. 31. Call the City Clerk's Office, (727) 298-3035 or visit www.dunedingov.com.

Countywide

Art society offers scholarships

Since 1985, the Miniature Art Society of Florida has awarded more than 80 scholarships to Pinellas County high school seniors who wish to continue their visual arts education. This year the society is offering up to three scholarships for $1,500 each. For a Visual Art Scholarship application form, call the Scholarship Committee Chair at (727) 525-8251 or visit miniatureartsocietyofflorida.com. Scholarship applications will be accepted until Feb. 26; applicant interviews will be scheduled for March 13.

Clearwater police will beef up efforts over holiday 11/24/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10:05pm]

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