Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Eight civic leaders appointed to Ruth Eckerd Hall board

Clearwater

eight appointed to ruth eckerd hall board

Ruth Eckerd Hall has appointed eight civic leaders to its board of directors effective immediately. Its new board chairman is Joshua Madigson, a business law attorney at Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen in Clearwater. Other board members appointed are David Abelson, a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Philip Beauchamp, senior vice president of Insight Health Partners LLC; Susan Benjamin, owner of Syd Entel Galleries in downtown Safety Harbor; Alan C. Bomstein, founder and president of Creative Contractors Inc.; former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard: Joseph Meterchick, regional president for PNC; and Barry Shevlin, CEO of the telecommunications company Vology.

Man, teen charged in store burglary

A 31-year-old man and a 16-year-old were caught trying to break into a vacant Sears Essentials store at 2130 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. early Monday, police said. Officers were dispatched to a reported burglary in progress there shortly before 1 a.m. A police K9 unit and a Pinellas County sheriff's helicopter also were called to the scene. Both suspects tried to flee but were caught, Clearwater police said. One ran from the building and tried to hide under a plastic tarp nearby. Officers found burglary tools at the scene, including a mask and gloves. Mark Lawrence Trump, 31, of Clearwater was charged with burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A 16-year-old boy with him was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, and obstruction.

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Writing workshop offered to teens

Teens, register now for the Teen Creative Writing Workshop at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 26 through Aug. 24. The six-week workshop will focus on several key elements of writing for both fiction and nonfiction, from short stories to blogs. Teens who enjoy great storytelling through the written word, are invited to experiment with words and find their voice. It is open to all aspiring writers between the ages of 12 and 18. The first three sessions will focus on fiction, from plot development to making your characters come alive. The last three sessions will include topics such as blogging, writing for magazines, and how to sell your article or story by writing a good query letter. The workshop will be led by author Laura Kepner, who has written for examiner.com, eHow.com and Answerbag.com and proofed, edited and written for a local public relations firm. Kepner currently writes for Destination Tampa Bay magazine and has also written a young adult novel. For information and to register, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 118.

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