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Countryside Country Club settles lawsuit over contaminated water cooler


Country club settles lawsuit over cooler

Countryside Country Club has settled a lawsuit brought by three Pinellas County golfers who said they drank from a club water cooler tainted with urine and feces. A settlement was reached Tuesday. The terms and conditions are confidential, said Clearwater attorney George Tragos, who represented Chris, Greg and John Tischner. "The three clients," Tragos said, "are very happy." Chris, Greg and John Tischner said they became ill after drinking from the contaminated cooler on July 18, 2009. Chris Tischner, 24, a student at St. Petersburg College, developed a rash, experienced fatigue and had trouble sleeping. Greg Tischner, 47, a sales engineer who lives in Oldsmar, experienced nausea and had a fever. John Tischner, 74, a retired journalist who lives in Dunedin, had a fever and chills. All were placed on antibiotics. A Clearwater police officer who was called to the golf course confirmed the presence of urine and feces, according to the suit, which was filed March 26 in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court.

Volunteers needed for jazz event

Organizers of the 31st Clearwater Jazz Holiday are looking for volunteers to help with every aspect of the free four-day music event slated for Oct. 14-17. Jobs include selling merchandise, pouring beer and wine, distributing soft drinks and water, and checking IDs. If you have carpentry, electrical, plumbing, or handyman skills, your help is requested in the site services building. Help is also needed tearing down the event infrastructure. Sign up online at or call the Jazz Holiday office at (727) 461-5200 for a registration form.

Car seat checks offered Saturday

In conjunction with Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Florida Suncoast and All Children's Hospital will hold a "Safe Kids Pinellas Community Car Seat Check,'' from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Certified child passenger safety technicians will conduct the checks. It will take place at Burlington Coat Factory, 25813 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. For more information, call (727) 767 8581.

Safety Harbor

Free help for those looking for a job

Looking for a job? Bring your resume Saturday to the Job Seekers Networking Forum and Seminar at Bayside Community Church, 3380 State Road 580, Safety Harbor. The program, which starts at 10 a.m., will offer advice to those unemployed or looking for something new. It will be conducted by human resources specialist Kathryn Robinson of Expect the Best, a Bradenton consulting firm. The event is free, but reservations are requested. Call (727) 743-7033.


Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 the day of the event for the Fourth Annual Native Plant Landscape Tour, which is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in south Pinellas County and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in North Pinellas. A story Wednesday did not include the day-of-the-event price. For more information, visit or call (727) 595-2073.

Countryside Country Club settles lawsuit over contaminated water cooler 09/22/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:32pm]
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