Blood needed, especially o-negative
Florida Blood Services says the need for blood donations, especially for O-negative, is high because of increased blood transfusions in area hospitals. All O-negative donors are urged to contact Florida Blood Services to donate. O-negative blood is the universal blood type, meaning any patient can receive it, regardless of the recipient's blood type. O-negative donors can visit any Florida Blood Services location or any bloodmobile. Call toll-free 1-800-682-5663 (1-800-68-BLOOD) for more information or to make an appointment, or visit www.fbsdonor.org.
Motorists asked to watch for cranes
Bird lovers are asking motorists to be on the lookout for sandhill cranes in the vicinity of East Lake Road and Keystone Road in North Pinellas. The threatened cranes — 4-foot-tall gray birds with red crowns on the tops of their heads — have been seen crossing the roads in the early morning hours and are difficult to spot before daylight. Local experts say the birds probably are nesting nearby and may be raising their young, which will soon be wandering in the area on their own. Sandhill cranes have long nested in the East Lake area near Tampa and Keystone roads. In past years, some birds have been hit and killed by cars.
Smoke testing is set for sewer lines
Beginning Monday, crews from the Clearwater Public Utilities Department will begin smoke testing of wastewater sewer system lines to determine whether there are any areas where stormwater or groundwater is entering the system. The area to be surveyed is north of Drew Street, west of Fort Harrison Avenue, east of Clearwater Harbor, and north to Sunset Point Road. Colored smoke will be circulated in the sewer lines to locate broken pipes and other defects. White smoke will exit from the vent pipes on home roofs. The smoke is nontoxic, leaves no residue and creates no fire hazard. The smoke will not enter a house unless there is defective plumbing or the drain traps are dry. If potential problems are found on private property, residents will be notified of repairs that may be needed. The testing in this area is expected to continue through May 18.
Audition Tuesday for Teen Idol 2012
Are you Tampa Bay's next teen idol? Do you have what it takes to make the crowd go wild? Open auditions for the local Teen Idol 2012 will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Slots are available for singers ages 13 to 18 and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The top 10 acts selected will move on to the finals show May 11 to perform in front of a sold-out audience and three local celebrity judges. For more information, call the city's Parks & Recreation Department at (727) 812-4530 or email email@example.com.