Sunday, March 18, 2018
News Roundup

Community News: Coast Guard sets up open house


Coast Guard open house focuses on safe boating

Every year since the 1950s, National Safe Boating Week has called attention to the importance of safe boating. Coast Guard Station Sand Key is launching the week with an open house — its first in 15 years — on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People can tour the 45-foot, 25-foot and 24-foot Coast Guard response boats and learn how the Coast Guard dispatches them for missions such as search and rescue, environmental response and law enforcement.

Towing and flare demonstrations will be done from the water. Boating safety and education booths will have information on boating classes, vessel safety checks, life jackets, training for kids, federal and state requirements for boaters and their boats, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Fun activities for children and adults will include knot tying, a heaving line contest, a cold water survival suit-wearing contest, Coast Guard cornhole, environmental trash game, free coloring books, temporary tattoos and more.

Coast Guard Station Sand Key patrols 2,000 square miles of area. The facility is located at 1375 Gulf Blvd. Admission is free.

Snap a picture of your purrrfect pet

The Humane Society of Pinellas is holding a photography contest for kids. The contest runs through May 31 and is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 16.

Children and teens can enter by submitting a photo they took of a pet being treated kindly or a pet that is just happy. Prizes will be awarded, and the winners will be featured on the Humane Society's 2014 Celebration of Companionship calendar.

Enter by emailing the photo to [email protected] or mail to Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater, FL 33759.

Photos will be judged by photography enthusiasts and will be based on photo quality and creativity. For more information or an entry form visit or contact Megan Kempshall at [email protected] or (727) 797-7722, ext. 230.


Mease Manor to expand after county okays $14 million in bonds

Mease Manor will push forward with expansion plans after the Pinellas County Commission this week unanimously approved up to $14 million in revenue bonds for the nonprofit senior facility.

Planned projects include a new wellness center (on which officials hope to break ground next year), upgrades or replacement of the health center roof and nurse call system, and the construction of up to two memory support buildings, according to county documents.

Luanne Reese, vice president of marketing and planning, said the funds will also help finance new executive offices that were added to the 700 Mease Plaza building in November. Mease Manor, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, houses a nursing home as well as assisted and independent living facilities on its downtown Dunedin campus.

Tarpon Springs

City wants volunteer board members to play nice

What is up with the volunteer city boards in Tarpon Springs?

That's what commissioners wondered out loud at Tuesday's City Commission meeting, when they criticized Board of Adjustments member Nate Tallarino for being rude to people who come before the board.

After several emails discussing Tallarino's demeanor and a lengthy discussion over whether he should be replaced, commissioners decided to allow Tallarino to stay on the board if he improves his behavior.

Tallarino apologized and said it wouldn't happen again. But that didn't seem to immediately please city officials.

"We can't train you on how to respect others, that's what we're trying to get at here," said Commissioner Susan Slattery, the vice mayor. "It's just a matter of being respectful, that's all we're asking."

The incident follows another in January in which commissioners criticized members of the city's Planning & Zoning Board for being out of control. The city passed in ordinance in April requiring board volunteers to take an oath they would be respectful.

East Lake

Library looks for volunteers

The East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, is looking for volunteers to help with daily activities at the library. The duties will include shelving items and working at the front desk. For more information or to sign up, call (727) 773-2665.

Hail, yeah, Michigan wins on 28-footer at buzzer to make Sweet 16

Hail, yeah, Michigan wins on 28-footer at buzzer to make Sweet 16

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Leopard Slam: Final inning, two outs and Sunlake finds a way

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Florida knocked out of NCAA Tournament by Texas Tech in thriller

Florida knocked out of NCAA Tournament by Texas Tech in thriller

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Lightning shut out in showdown against Bruins

Lightning shut out in showdown against Bruins

TAMPA — This was supposed to be the "biggest game of the year," right?In a measuring-stick matchup with the surging Bruins, the Lightning found out just how far it has to go if it has any plans of making a deep Stanley Cup run.A Boston buzz saw...
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Rays Journal: Miller had a field day, Pruitt bounces back, Gomez speeds up

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FORT MYERS – How often and where Brad Miller plays for the Rays – first, second or DH – is yet to be determined. Saturday was just about playing again, his first action since Feb. 23 due to residual issues from a broken toe, and eve...
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FIU: Firm had meeting to discuss crack on bridge

FIU: Firm had meeting to discuss crack on bridge

MIAMI — Hours before the collapse of a 950-pound concrete pedestrian bridge at Florida International University on Thursday, the engineering company for the bridge held a meeting to discuss a crack on the structure, according to a statement from the ...
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Tampa Police Department searching for hit-and-run suspect

Tampa Police Department searching for hit-and-run suspect

TAMPA — The Tampa Police Department is looking for information about a driver and passenger involved in a hit-and-run accident Saturday afternoon. A man was hit by a white Honda Civic at about 12:25 p.m. Saturday in the 4000 block of W Hillsborough A...
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Hundreds watch Tampa’s signature river turn green for St. Patrick’s Day

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