MD boot drive by firefighters raises $6,600
Firefighters for the East Lake Fire District raised $6,600 in their annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Boot Drive conducted on consecutive Fridays in late November and early December. Lt. Michael Porch, the event's chairman, praised Achieva Credit Union of East Lake for not charging the firefighters fees for counting the money and also noted the contribution of Sarah Lemovitz. After making her donation, Lemovitz, 25, got out of her car and held a boot at East Lake Road and Ridgemoor Drive for more than hour, collecting money. "There was only one firefighter there and he was running around frantically," said Lemovitz, who lives in Westchase. "When you see community service people trying to do a cause, you do what you can to help." The firefighters assigned to help had to go on an emergency call. "There was overwhelming community support," East Lake Deputy Chief Steve Rogers said of the drive. "We are pleased with the outcome and the amount that we are going to be able to give the MDA."
New Year's Eve, Day closings
Don't expect to get much government business done Friday. It's New Year's Eve and all government offices will be closed. Even some businesses will be closed or be open for limited hours, and banks, usually open Saturday, will be closed on New Year's Day. Bus service and trash pickup schedules also may be altered. If in doubt, call ahead. For a list of holiday closings and schedule changes in North Pinellas, see Page 3.
Guide to disposal, recycling offered
For comprehensive information on recycling and safe disposal of just about anything, check out the A to Z Guide for Recycling and Disposal in Pinellas County by visiting pinellascounty.org/utilities/getridofit. Topics include document shredding services; where to donate food, vehicles, eyeglasses and hearing aids; how to recycle computers, chemicals and other items; where to take appliances and yard waste; and times and dates of local mobile collection events. Direct questions to Pinellas County Utilities Solid Waste Operations at (727) 464-7500 or e-mail recycle@pinellas county.org.
Too much to drink? Get free tow home
AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser will help protect drivers on the road over the holidays with "Tow to Go," a program that provides a free, confidential ride home and a tow to anyone who may have had too much to drink. The service is available through Jan. 2. Call toll-free, 1-800-222-4357.
Tickets on sale for chamber banquet
Tickets are on sale for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting scheduled for Jan. 18. The program will start with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and the dinner and awards banquet will be from 6 to 9 p.m. It will be held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. Tickets cost $65 for members, $75 for nonmembers. Visit www.clearwaterflorida.org or call (727) 461-0011.
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