send us your cookie recipes for christmas
The Tampa Bay Times food section is seeking recipes for its 11th annual Christmas cookie issue, Nov. 28. We want all kinds of recipes: bars, drops and cutouts; with nuts and without; iced, plain and sprinkled; gingerbread, peppermint and chocolate. If your cookie comes with a heartwarming story, send that, too. We'll try something different this year and include some recipes that cater to dietary issues. So break out those gluten-free, sugar-free or vegan cookie recipes. We'd like to offer readers some of those this year, too. We will publish two dozen of the most enticing reader recipes, all tested by the Taste section staff. Submit as many recipes as you'd like by Sept. 14 to Christmas Cookies, Taste, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Include your name, city and daytime phone number. Recipes also may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put COOKIES in the subject line. Please don't send original recipe cards; due to the volume of submissions, we can't return them.
Construction will close U.S. 19 ramp
Starting at 8 p.m. Monday, the Florida Department of Transportation will close the entrance ramp south of Drew Street to southbound U.S. 19 for construction work. Traffic accessing southbound U.S. 19 in this area will remain on the frontage road, cross over State Road 60 and get on U.S. 19 from that point. Traffic will be monitored, and the U.S. 19 and State Road 60 signal timing will be adjusted to minimize impacts. Message boards are in place to notify drivers.
Police will monitor traffic near schools
Clearwater police will be stepping up enforcing traffic regulations near schools and school buses as children head back to class next week. From Monday through Wednesday, officers will be conducting Operation School Special Traffic Enforcement Program, intended to discourage dangerous driving around students. Speeding violations in school zones will carry fines ranging from $156 to $456, depending on how fast violators are driving. Officers will also patrol bus stops to ensure that drivers are stopping for school buses that have halted to pick up children. Those who don't stop for a school bus will be fined $271. Police will also be monitoring crosswalks in school zones to make sure drivers don't violate pedestrians' right-of-way.
Commission will discuss golf carts
The Safety Harbor City Commission is scheduled Monday to discuss allowing golf carts on local streets with the results of an online survey conducted in May. City commissioners will also continue looking at stormwater repairs at Bishop Creek, and a public hearing on an increased stormwater utility rate will be held. The City Commission meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 750 Main St.