Sunday, March 18, 2018
News Roundup

Island Way vandals sought, Countryside gets fitness equipment, more


Police looking for 'flex post' vandals

The Clearwater Police Department is seeking information about vandalism to "flex posts" on streets in Island Estates overnight Monday.

A number of the white posts used as warning devices or to direct the flow of traffic were cut off at the base, according to police. The vandalism occurred in the 400 block of Island Way and on Harbor Passage. It is against the law to damage or remove traffic control devices, but the Police Department also pointed out that the criminal mischief in this case endangers lives. Anyone with information about the destruction of the devices is asked to call police at (727) 562-4242 or text to TIP411.

Countryside gets fitness equipment

The Countryside Recreation Center and Park, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, has a new outdoor Fitness Zone made for adults. Thanks to a $20,000 Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant from the Pinellas County Health Department, seven new pieces of Greenfields outdoor fitness equipment are available.

The Countryside Fitness Zone, the first in the city, includes a sit-up incline bench, a cross-country ski, a lat pull-down, a chest press, an air-walker, a leg press, and a set of combo bars for leg lifts, pull-ups and chin-ups.

The park is surrounded by ball fields, a playground and basketball courts. While kids are at baseball or basketball practice, parents can get a workout and still watch their children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 63 percent of Pinellas County adults are overweight or obese. The Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant has funded several of these free, easy-to-use outdoor fitness zones to help address the adult obesity problem in Pinellas County.

July 4 celebration needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed to rent chairs, help in the volunteer tent, sell soda and help serve food to volunteers during Clearwater's annual Independence Day celebration July 4 in Coachman Park.

Clearwater-affiliated nonprofits that would like to earn fundraising dollars are also needed to help work the entrance gates. Groups must be able to provide at least 10 to 15 participants who are 16 or older, and they must be comfortable searching patrons' bags.

To sign up to volunteer, visit For more information about signing up as a fundraising group, call (727) 562-4803 or email [email protected]

"Clearwater Celebrates America" is a free event featuring the Mostly Pops Orchestra, fireworks, children's activities and food and drink concessions.

City to host event on environment

An informational session on energy efficiency and alternative energy options will be held in Clearwater at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project, Clearwater Gas System and the city of Clearwater will offer information on home weatherization, natural gas for home and vehicle use, solar energy and other efficiency measures to lower energy bills. The event is free and open to the public, and each attendee will receive a free insulated tote bag. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. at the Moccasin Lake Nature Park's Environmental and Energy Education Center, 2750 Park Trail Lane. To sign up, visit Call (727) 562-4980 ext. 7456 for more information.


Running in the middle of the night

It's too hot to run during the day, so run at midnight!

The 34th annual Kiwanis Morton Plant Mease Midnight Run will be held the night of July 3 and morning of July 4 on Dunedin's Causeway Boulevard.

The event consists of the 10K Midnight Run, a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run/walk. For more information about the run, call Joe Garrison at (727) 535-2257 or email [email protected]

Library offers technology tutoring

If the kids or grandkids aren't available, the Dunedin Public Library can teach you how to operate any handheld mobile device. The library is offering one-on-one tutoring help with Kindles, Nooks, iPods, iPads and smartphones.

Twenty-minute sessions are available from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays by appointment.

For more information or to book your appointment, stop by the library circulation desk or call (727) 298-3080 ext. 1716. Be sure to indicate what type of device you will need assistance with when you make your appointment.

The library will be closed July 4.

Safety Harbor

The soon-to-be Waterfront Park

The city will "peel back the fence" and open its new waterfront land for the public to explore Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 13 acres along Old Tampa Bay extend from the Safety Harbor Marina north to Mullet Creek, behind the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. The city intends to develop a passive park on the land, but nothing has been built yet.

The first 80 people to arrive will receive free hot dogs.

Hail, yeah, Michigan wins on 28-footer at buzzer to make Sweet 16

Hail, yeah, Michigan wins on 28-footer at buzzer to make Sweet 16

WICHITA, Kan. — Michigan freshman Jordan Poole drained a 28-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer after Houston squandered a chance to lock up a spot in the Sweet 16, giving the third-seeded Wolverines a heart-stopping 64-63 victory in the second round ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Leopard Slam: Final inning, two outs and Sunlake finds a way

BROOKSVILLE — Quite simply, an emotional way to end an exciting weekend of softball.One out away from losing the seventh annual Leopard Slam tourney on Saturday to two-time defending champion Springstead, Sunlake stepped up one last time.The he...
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Florida knocked out of NCAA Tournament by Texas Tech in thriller

Florida knocked out of NCAA Tournament by Texas Tech in thriller

DALLAS — Keenan Evans keeps making big plays, extending Texas Tech's season — and his time with second-year head coach Chris Beard.They have another game with the Red Raiders headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005.Evans, who...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning shut out in showdown against Bruins

Lightning shut out in showdown against Bruins

TAMPA — This was supposed to be the "biggest game of the year," right?In a measuring-stick matchup with the surging Bruins, the Lightning found out just how far it has to go if it has any plans of making a deep Stanley Cup run.A Boston buzz saw...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays Journal: Miller had a field day, Pruitt bounces back, Gomez speeds up

Rays Journal: Miller had a field day, Pruitt bounces back, Gomez speeds up

FORT MYERS – How often and where Brad Miller plays for the Rays – first, second or DH – is yet to be determined. Saturday was just about playing again, his first action since Feb. 23 due to residual issues from a broken toe, and eve...
Updated: 6 hours ago
FIU: Firm had meeting to discuss crack on bridge

FIU: Firm had meeting to discuss crack on bridge

MIAMI — Hours before the collapse of a 950-pound concrete pedestrian bridge at Florida International University on Thursday, the engineering company for the bridge held a meeting to discuss a crack on the structure, according to a statement from the ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Tampa Police Department searching for hit-and-run suspect

Tampa Police Department searching for hit-and-run suspect

TAMPA — The Tampa Police Department is looking for information about a driver and passenger involved in a hit-and-run accident Saturday afternoon. A man was hit by a white Honda Civic at about 12:25 p.m. Saturday in the 4000 block of W Hillsborough A...
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Pasco COUNTYMan Run Over, killed after laying down on roadwayA 29-year-old New Port Richey man was run over and killed Friday night after he laid down on a Pasco County roadway. Patrick F. Fitapelli died at 8:49 p.m. on Bougenville Drive near the int...
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Hundreds watch Tampa’s signature river turn green for St. Patrick’s Day

Hundreds watch Tampa’s signature river turn green for St. Patrick’s Day

TAMPA — After six years of turning the Hillsborough River a bright Kelly green for the Mayor’s River O’Green Fest, the crew charged with the task have picked up a few tricks.First, it takes about 250 pounds of biodegradable powder dye to change the r...
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