Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

Dollar General okayed for San Christopher Road in Dunedin

Dollar General Okayed On San Christopher

The Dunedin City Commission okayed final design plans Thursday for a Dollar General at 1326 San Christopher Road. Some neighbors had cited property values, traffic and other concerns as reasons for their vehement opposition to the store. But commissioners said there was no legal reason to deny it. Developers said they will use a combination of retention ponds, concrete and vinyl PVC fencing, and landscaping to shield neighbors from any potential noise and runoff.

Dunedin lifeguard needed for season

The Dunedin Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a head lifeguard for the upcoming season. Applicants must have certification in lifeguarding/first aid and CPR/AED for lifeguards. Applications, available online at dunedingov.com, are due by March 1. Contact Alicia Castricone at (727) 298-3265 or [email protected] for more information.

clearwater

Charity event for Humane Society

The 29th annual Love Fore Charity Golf and Tennis Tournament on March 2 will benefit the Humane Society of Pinellas. The tournament will be held at the Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd., in Clearwater. The cost to play a round of golf is $100 and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, hole-in-one competition, skills games and raffles. The cost to compete in the tennis tournament is $85. Each participant will receive a gift. Teams or individuals can make reservations online at humanesociety ofpinellas.org or by contacting Twila Cole at (727) 797-7722, ext. 222. Proceeds will help support HSP's spay/neuter program, pet food pantry, exams and vaccines for low-income citizens, and more.

safety harbor

A festive day of Italian food, music

The 10th annual San Gen- naro Festa continues from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Presented by LIADO, the Italian-American Women of Today, the festival is a family event reminiscent of the New York City Feast of San Gennaro with Italian food, entertainment (bring your own seating), local craftsmen, kids' activities and games, street performers, grape stomping, bocce and meatball-eating and cannoli-eating contests. Kenny Galliano and the Saints play doo-wop at 5:45 p.m. Admission: $5 for adults, free for 12 and younger.

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Parents of Seminole Heights killings suspect processed at jail for house arrest

Parents of Seminole Heights killings suspect processed at jail for house arrest

TAMPA — The parents of a man accused in last year’s Seminole Heights killings reported to a Hillsborough County jail Wednesday morning to be outfitted with the GPS monitors they’ll wear during their six months of house arrest.Rosita Donaldson was boo...
Updated: 7 minutes ago

New Port Richey moves toward ban of clothing donation bins

NEW PORT RICHEY – The New Port Richey City Council made a bold reversal Tuesday of an initial plan to regulate clothing donations bins, moving instead toward an all-out ban.The council voted unanimously to reject an ordinance it had approved on first...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Clearwater Beach named No. 1 in U.S. by TripAdvisor

Clearwater Beach named No. 1 in U.S. by TripAdvisor

A reigning champion for sand and sunshine, Tampa Bay is once again home to one of the best beaches in the United States.Clearwater Beach was named the best beach in the U.S. for 2018 by the popular travel site TripAdvisor.This is the second time this...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
In defense of mayonnaise

In defense of mayonnaise

It weighed heavy, spread across my soul like a creamy white burial shroud. I would never admit it, not in a million years.My husband wondered, what was on the chicken? He ate it willingly, then enthusiastically."I can never tell you."I sat quietly fo...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: The Rays fire sale is on

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: The Rays fire sale is on

The fire sale is on for the Rays, as they trade Steven Souza, Jr., to Arizona to trim more payroll for this season.In his lastest podcast, Rick Stroud says he feels bad for Rays fans, as many of their favorite players have left the team, including Ev...
Updated: 30 minutes ago
Pasco County schools, dealing with threats, warn students of consequences

Pasco County schools, dealing with threats, warn students of consequences

DADE CITY — A Pasco High School student was taken into custody Tuesday amid accusations of threatening violence against the school. The campus was not at risk, school district officials said. But they made clear they take each threat seriously, and t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
From the archives: Billy Graham found his calling as a Bible college student in Tampa

From the archives: Billy Graham found his calling as a Bible college student in Tampa

Editor’s note: This story was part of the Times’ coverage of the "Billy Graham Crusade," which stopped for three days at Raymond James Stadium in October 1998. Fragahm died Wednesday.It is a story as old as the Old Testament itself: the righteous man...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Largo police investigating fatal hit-and-run crash on East Bay Drive

Largo police investigating fatal hit-and-run crash on East Bay Drive

LARGO — Police officers are investigating a hit-and-run crash Wednesday morning that left a pedestrian dead and shut down a section of E Bay Drive.According to Largo police, the pedestrian, who police described as an older white man but did not ident...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Three Pasco cities will have contested council races

NEW PORT RICHEY – It will be a hotly contested election April 10 in several Pasco cities as 16 candidates vie for a total of six seats in New Port Richey, Port Richey and Zephyrhills.Meanwhile, Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez and Commissioner Scott...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Each lap remains a lease on life for distance runner Jon Mott

Each lap remains a lease on life for distance runner Jon Mott

LAKELAND — It took only one moment of teenage audacity for Northeast High's top distance runner to be immortalized as a sprinter.Days before his high school graduation, Jon Mott sneaked off to a dugout in the baseball stadium. There, he strippe...
Updated: 2 hours ago