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Ceremony today for start of 9/11 memorial
A groundbreaking will be held at 10 a.m. today for a new Palm Harbor 9/11 memorial to be erected at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road. The focal point will be a 150-pound rusted steel beam recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center. The program will include remarks by Palm Harbor fire Chief James Angle, Palm Harbor fire Commissioner Julie Peluso, and Greg Amira, retired U.S. Army special operations captain, Iraq war veteran and 9/11 survivor. For more information, call (727) 784-0454.
Oldsmar Cares to hold open house
Oldsmar Cares is hosting an open house celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. today in its new location at 163 State Road 580 W, former headquarters for the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. The city is leasing the site to Oldsmar Cares, which was previously based at Community United Methodist Church. Besides giving food and clothing to people in the greater Oldsmar area, Oldsmar Cares also provides rent and utility assistance to people who live specifically in the 34677 zip code. For more information, visitoldsmarcares.org, call (813) 415-7373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man accused of molesting girl, 6
Detectives have arrested an Oldsmar man on suspicion of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl. Fizul Karim, 56, who was arrested Thursday, faces one count of sexual battery on a child under 12. The investigation began on March 21, after the parents of the child contacted deputies to report the abuse, said detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children unit. The parents told detectives their daughter was in Karim's care on Feb. 11 and Feb. 12. The child hadn't been with Karim since, authorities said, but when the parents recently arranged for the suspect to care for the victim again, the girl told another family member she did not like Karim touching her. She then disclosed details about past sexual abuse, according to reports.
Potato vines target of cleanup effort
Local student groups will fight back against an invasive species Saturday morning by removing air potato vines from along the Ream Wilson Trail. Students from St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School, People to People Student Ambassadors and several Pinellas County middle schools will help pick the vines, which decimate native plants. Students will work behind four softball fields at the Eddie C. Moore Complex at 3050 Drew St., starting at 9 a.m. For information, call city volunteer specialist Krystie Schmidt at (727) 562-4803.