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DUI checkpoint in Clearwater planned for tonight, Saturday night

CLEARWATER

DUI checkpoint set for tonight, Saturday night

It's a great time to be celebrating in Tampa Bay, what with the World Series and all, but the Sheriff's Office will be out tonight looking for those who overdo it. Deputies will conduct a sobriety checkpoint starting tonight at 10 at the Kmart at 26996 U.S. 19 N. The checkpoint will run through 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The Sheriff's Office says there were 1,533 alcohol-related crashes in Pinellas County in 2006, resulting in 48 deaths.

TARPON SPRINGS

Ex-city manager heads to Pasco

The former city manager of Tarpon Springs has been hired to oversee Port Richey's growth management department and redevelopment projects. Ellen Posivach, 56, began work Tuesday as assistant city manager to head Community Redevelopment Agency projects such as resurfacing and sidewalk installation, and to take the helm of growth management, formerly known as the building department. City Manager Richard Reade hired Posivach on a three-month trial basis, allowing her to keep her options open to pursue other interests. If she stays on a full year, she will earn an annual salary of $60,000. Former building official Ed Winch will provide other services on a contract basis. Posivach left Tarpon Springs in April amid city commissioners' concerns about her management style.

CLEARWATER

Farmers Market vendors to meet

Current and prospective vendors with the Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market are having an organizational workshop meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. The meeting will review the coming season, which begins Nov. 19 and continues weekly through the end of April. For information, call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674 or visit www.clear waterfarmersmarket.com.

COUNTYWIDE

Transportation talk for ESOL residents

To give county residents who do not consider English their primary language help with transportation issues, an ESOL presentation, "Transportation in Pinellas,'' will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pinellas Park Middle School, 6940 70th Ave. Gabrielle Donaldson of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will discuss free bus rides, passes and discounts, how to apply for special transportation needs, schedules and maps, and employment opportunities. Translations will be available. For information, call Radmila Spiric, (727) 588-6543.

Clarification

A story Tuesday said that Gary E. Averill Jr., the man accused of murdering Michael Harris, believed Harris had been abusing children. The story did not make clear that authorities have no evidence to suggest Harris was involved in child abuse.

Pinellas deaths

Burke, Joseph Francis

Cafazzo, Joe

Cutting, Colleen

Handy, Dorothy Mary

Kerscher, Bernice

Manis, Vivian J. "Penny"

Mayes, Louis

McSweeney, Daniel J.

Miller, Louise E.

Nelson, Connie Lee

Odermatt, Sharon L.

Saavedra-Clark, Rogelia

Yachnik, Leocadia K.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

DUI checkpoint in Clearwater planned for tonight, Saturday night 10/23/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 23, 2008 9:41pm]
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