Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Free rides set for aquarium attractions

Clearwater

Free rides set for aquarium attractions

To accommodate a growing number of visitors, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is partnering with the Clearwater Jolley Trolley and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to provide free transportation between the aquarium on Island Estates and the aquarium's Dolphin Tale Adventure movie exhibit in the Harborview Center downtown. Visitors can park in the Harborview Center lot and ride the trolley to the aquarium and back. The free trolley service will be provided continuously from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is available to the general public as well. For additional information, visit www.PSTA.net.

Join celebration as Coast Guard City

Clearwater will celebrate its designation as a Coast Guard City at 6 p.m. today on a downtown stage at Cleveland Street and Garden Avenue. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young and the Coast Guard's Quintet and Silent Drill Team will attend the event on the Blast Friday stage. Home to the largest Coast Guard air station in the country, Clearwater was awarded with the federal honor in September.

east lake

North County officers elected

The Council of North County Neighborhoods, a nonprofit community organization based in East Lake, has elected its 2012 slate of officers and board members. They are Don Ewing, president; Ron Schultz, second vice president; Barbara Schultz, secretary; Terry Haas, treasurer; and Bill Hickman, Roger Johnson and Jeff Hunt, directors. CNCN founders John Miolla, first vice president, and Jim McDonald, director, serve as permanent board members. At its recent annual meeting, the group discussed issues for 2012, including use of reclaimed water, fluoride in drinking water, managing the Brooker Creek Preserve, and possible new development in Ridgemoor/Tarpon Woods.

oldsmar

Deadline nears for senior exemption

The city of Oldsmar offers an additional property tax exemption to senior residents, known as the Oldsmar Senior Exemption, if certain requirements are met. The deadline for applying is March 1. Here are the requirements: There must be at least one property owner who is 65 years of age or older on Jan. 1, 2012; the applicant qualifies for a homestead exemption; the total household income for 2011 was $26,203 or less. (However, Social Security income is usually not included in that amount if a resident is not required to file an income tax return.) Everyone must reapply each year. For more information, call the Personal Exemptions Division, (727) 464-3294. Information is also available on the Pinellas County Property Appraiser website at http://pcpao.org.

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Carlos Gomez says he was guilty of only one thing in Sunday’s epic walkoff homer celebration

Carlos Gomez says he was guilty of only one thing in Sunday’s epic walkoff homer celebration

BALTIMORE – Carlos Gomez is perfectly willing to explain the specific elements that went into his epic celebration tour around the bases following Sunday's walkoff home run.The bat flip and raised arms were his initial reaction to how well he h...
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High school scoreboard for April 24

Tuesday’s scoreboardBaseballCalvary Chr. 8, Jesuit 1Boys TennisClass 3A, District 9-10 Regional Semifinal: Osceola 4, King 1Girls TennisClass 3A, District 9-10 Regional Semifinal: Osceola 4, Freedom 1...
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Days before graduation, crash kills Lakewood High senior, injures two others

Days before graduation, crash kills Lakewood High senior, injures two others

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Updated: 3 hours ago
SRO being investigated in Pasco County for arrest of student

SRO being investigated in Pasco County for arrest of student

LAND O’LAKES — A school resource officer at Sunlake High School is under investigation after he tried to take a female student into custody on Tuesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.School officials asked the SRO remove the student f...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Teen killed after SUV runs red light; man who fled scene captured

Teen killed after SUV runs red light; man who fled scene captured

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 17-year-old girl was killed Tuesday when her car was hit by a sport-utility vehicle that ran a red light, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.One of the occupants of the SUV who ran from the crash scene was captured hours late...
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Softball: Haley Murphy, East Bay back in top form

Softball: Haley Murphy, East Bay back in top form

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Sarasota student, family apologize for racist ‘promposal’

Sarasota student, family apologize for racist ‘promposal’

The family of the 18-year-old Sarasota high school student under fire for the racist prom proposal he sent out on social media this weekend has publicly apologized for their son’s actions.They also said that as a result of his actions, he will not at...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Softball: Boca Ciega gets a shot at defending district champ

DUNEDIN — Standing in centerfield during her team's Class 6A-9 district semifinal Tuesday night, Boca Ciega's Mia Blasingane had one dominating thought: "We want Tarpon Springs real bad. I was saying that to myself. I want to see Tarpon Springs...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Softball: Alonso knocks off defending state finalist PHU in 9A-8 semifinals

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Rays Journal: On the early rainout, pitching plans, medical matters, more

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BALTIMORE – If the Rays were going to get rained out Tuesday, they were happy  the Orioles made the decision at a good hour, around 5 p.m."I think they probably did the right thing in the fact that they knew there's a bunch of rain coming,...
Updated: 3 hours ago