Firefighters put down hoses, pick up scoops
The Clearwater Fire and Rescue honor guard is teaming up with two local Baskin-Robbins franchises for the fifth annual Baskin-Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Firefighters will scoop ice cream from 5 to 10 p.m. tonight at the ice cream shops at 2551 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. and 534 Cleveland St. The fire honor guard will also be accepting donations to go toward uniforms, equipment, training and attendance for the National Fallen Firefighters memorial. For more information about the Baskin-Robbins scoop night, go online to www.baskinrobbins.com.
Economy Inn will be demolished
The former Economy Inn property at 1274 Cleveland St. in the East Gateway district of Clearwater is scheduled for demolition Thursday to make way for redevelopment of the property. City officials, neighborhood leaders and residents will celebrate with a brief ceremony and refreshments at the site at 10 a.m. Parking will be available in the Verizon building's northern parking lot at 1280 Cleveland St. For more information, call Community Development coordinator Ekaterini Gerakios at (727) 562-4047 or visit myclearwater.com/eastgateway.
Inspectors target East Gateway
Clearwater code compliance inspectors are doing a code sweep of the eastern half of the East Gateway neighborhood this week. The sweep will address code violations such as public nuisances, inadequate property maintenance, parking violations, improper outdoor storage and sign maintenance. The neighborhood's boundaries are Highland and Missouri avenues, and Cleveland and Court streets. A second sweep of the western part of the neighborhood will be scheduled for November.
Teenage singers wanted for contest
The city is seeking 10 of the most talented teen singers for "Teen Idol." Contestants must be between 13 and 18. Auditions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Audition times are first-come, first-served. An iPod/MP3/CD player will be available, as well as a piano. If using piano, an accompanist must be supplied. There is no cost to participate. Contestants will audition in front of a panel of judges and the 10 most talented acts will progress to the show scheduled for 7 p.m. May 20. For more information, call Dunedin Parks and Recreation at (727) 812-4530, visit the website at www.DunedinGov.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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