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David Banther becomes new Tarpon Springs commissioner


Newest city commissioner is sworn in

David Banther, Tarpon Springs' newest city commissioner, was sworn into office during the commission meeting Tuesday. Mayor David Archie praised Banther, who won a four-way race for Commission Seat 4, for his community service and dedication to the city. Archie and Commissioner Jeff Larsen ran unopposed and also took the oath of office for their new terms on Tuesday. The city also bid farewell to Commissioner Chris Alahouzos, who is leaving the commission because of term limits.


Jays start new season tonight

The Dunedin Blue Jays kick off their 2013 season tonight with a 6:30 p.m. game against the Clearwater Threshers. Gates at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., open at 5:30 p.m. During the game, spectators can play in a cornhole toss tournament held beyond the left field line. "Thirsty Thursday" deals mean beer, wine and soda sell for $2. A concert featuring Pitbull Toddler will be held after the game. New this year is a "Family Four Pack" special of tickets, hot dogs and sodas for $35. Visit for more information.


Sweetbay closings affect health plan

Pinellas County's Health and Human Services department reports that 3,500 Pinellas County Health Program clients have been affected by the closings of nine Sweetbay supermarkets in Pinellas County in mid-February. Clients who were getting their prescriptions filled at Sweetbay stores that have closed will need to find another pharmacy at any other open Sweetbay or at independent pharmacies that are within the PCHP network. PCHP clients can call the Health and Human Services department for more information at (727) 464-8400.

Bowl while raising funds for the blind

Lighthouse of Pinellas will host Bowling in the Dark from 1 to 4 p.m. May 4. For a $5 registration fee and a minimum fundraising goal of $100, individuals can help bring independence to those who are blind or visually impaired. Prizes will be awarded for the most funds raised, best bowlers and best bowling garb. Since 1956, Lighthouse of Pinellas has been providing services that support independent living for blind and visually impaired individuals. There is still room for more teams and sponsors to sign up for Bowling in the Dark. For more information, visit or call Angela Pottinger at Lighthouse of Pinellas, (727) 544-4433, ext. 235.


Relay For Life will be held April 12-13

Relay For Life of Oldsmar will be held April 12-13 at Canal Park, 3160 Tampa Road. Relay For Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk. Teams camp around the track, and members take turns walking the track. Each year, more than 4 million people in more than 20 countries take part in Relay For Life events to raise funds for cancer research. To donate or to sign up for a team in the Oldsmar Relay, contact Relay For Life of Oldsmar at (727) 546-9822.

David Banther becomes new Tarpon Springs commissioner 04/03/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 7:34pm]
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