Road work will mean closures in several areas
Be ready for several forthcoming road closures:
• Cleveland Street from Fort Harrison to Osceola avenues will be closed from 2 to 8 p.m. today. Laura and Pierce streets are detour routes.
• The northbound curb lane of Coronado Drive will be under construction until June 8.
• Edgewater Drive from Charles to Union streets will be closed for the installation of ramps and crosswalks from June 1 to 7.
• CSX's replacement of railroad ties along East Avenue will last through the summer.
Help available for disabled veterans
Many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they've earned. There's so much to know and so many changes from one year to the next. That's why the Disabled American Veterans and the Harley-Davidson Foundation have teamed up to offer help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at Fletcher's Harley-Davidson, 17129 Highway 19 N, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to provide counseling and assistance with claim filing. This event is part of the nationwide Harley's Heroes tour and is free to all veterans and members of their families. Call (727) 319-7444.
Got a favorite spot? Let us know
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is on everybody's mind these days. We'd like your opinion on this: If you could visit one place along the coast in North Pinellas before the oil hits, where would it be? By noon Thursday, please send your response, in 50 words or fewer, with your name, city and phone number, to email@example.com.
Both sides praise deal in school case
The Pinellas School Board left no doubt last week that it backs a proposed legal agreement that supporters say will change how the district deals with discipline of black students. At issue is a proposed "memorandum of understanding" that was reached last month by both sides in the district's long-running desegregation case. The district and the plaintiffs' representatives in Bradley vs. Pinellas County School Board say the agreement will compel the district to chip away at behaviors and practices that have led it to suspend black students at far higher rates than students of other races. "What is really significant to me is that it reflects what really is news, which is that we are working together," Roger Plata, co-counsel for the plaintiffs, told the School Board during a workshop Thursday. "We're very pleased with this, too," said board chairwoman Janet Clark. "It's taken us a long time to move forward, but we finally are." The board is scheduled to vote on the memorandum of understanding in June.
The Bay City Ballet's spring concert will be held June 5 at the Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. An incorrect address was listed in Sunday's Clearwater and North Pinellas sections.