'Fallen Soldiers' ceremony is Saturday
A Fallen Soldiers Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday morning will memorialize U.S. armed forces members killed in the line of duty in the past six months. It's scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 250 Shore Drive E, Oldsmar. It is being organized by Toni Gross, the mother of Cpl. Frank Gross, a U.S. Army soldier from Oldsmar who was killed in Afghanistan last year. Speakers at the ceremony will include Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, U.S. Army Chaplain Mark Worrell and others. Boy Scouts and Patriot Guard Riders will read the names of the fallen.
Back to school clothing needed
Clothes To Kids, whose mission is to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County free of charge, has an immediate, critical need for boys and young men's shorts, long pants, jeans and athletic shoes. It is especially low in sizes 6 to 16. Uniform pants and shirts in white, blue and light blue are needed to support the 32 schools requiring uniforms this year. The organization is asking for the community to drop off clothes between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at Clothes to Kids, 1059 N Hercules Ave. Cash donations are also needed to purchase clothing in short supply. For more information, call (727) 441-5050.
Send crime tips with iPhone app
The Clearwater Police Department has an iPhone application that allows users to send anonymous tips to police. The app also enables police officers to respond, creating a two-way anonymous "chat." The app can be downloaded for free through the online iTunes store or by visiting the police department's website at clearwaterpolice.org. For a preview, visit tinyurl.com/3tjaxxm. Citizens can also send an anonymous tip by texting the word CWPD and their tip to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous Web tips can also be submitted via the department's website. The tools are anonymous and senders are not identified to police.
FHP on lookout for impaired drivers
The Florida Highway Patrol will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign beginning today and continuing through Sept. 3. The FHP will join other law enforcement and highway safety agencies in focusing on removing impaired drivers from Florida's roads. "Impaired driving is one of America's most often committed and deadliest crimes," said FHP Director Col. David Brierton. "In an effort to get drunk and drugged drivers off the roads, FHP troopers will aggressively look for impaired drivers during the crackdown." The campaign period includes the Labor Day holiday weekend, which is Aug. 31-Sept. 3. All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads during the holiday period.