Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

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Know an outstanding person? St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation is accepting nominations for the Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award, the Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award and the Hippocrates Award for outstanding service. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 31, and winners will announced in February. Nomination forms can be downloaded at stanthonysfoundation.org and when completed emailed to [email protected], faxed to (727) 825-1184 or mailed to St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. For information, call (727) 820-7895.

Neighborly Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound residents in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Pinellas Park areas. If you have 1½ hours at midday to help, you could improve someone's life. Meals are picked up at a site near you. Directions are provided. For information, call (727) 573-9444, ext. 4210.

Holiday mail for soldiers: The American Red Cross is collecting cards that send words of encouragement and gratitude to military members. Until Dec. 7, mail cards and letters to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capital Heights, MD 20791-5456. Visit redcross.org/holidaymail.

Mainsail applications: Artists wanting to exhibit at the 38th Annual Mainsail Festival can submit applications at zapplication.org or mainsailaftsfestival.org. The deadline is Saturday.

Hospital volunteers needed: St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers for the information desk from 4 to 8 p.m. daily. Call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848 or stop by 6500 38th Ave. N and visit the information desk.

Operation Attack accepts used clothing to give to children of low-income families, and food for needy families in south Pinellas. Drop off donations from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at 1310 22nd Ave. S. To volunteer or donate, call (727) 822-1187.

Senior dining network: Enjoy a hot, nutritious lunch, socialize and take part in activities at 10 dining sites. Programs including information on insurance issues, hurricane preparedness, senior rights and current events. Seniors must be a registered diner with Neighborly Care Network, 60 or older and live in the county. Free transportation is offered. Register 72 hours in advance to participate. For information, call (727) 573-9444.

Beach businesses of the year: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will recognize one business from these categories: nonprofit, women/minority owned, small business (1-20 employees or less), medium business (21-100 employees) and large business (more than 100 employees). Applications for nominations can be downloaded at tampabaybeaches.com and faxed to (727) 360-2233 or emailed to [email protected] The deadline is Dec. 14. For information, call (727) 360-6957, ext. 24.

Breakfast with Santa: Tickets are on sale for the 21st annual breakfast with Santa at St. Jerome Early Childhood Center, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo. From 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 15, kids will enjoy breakfast, face painting, crafts and, of course, a visit from St. Nick. Tickets are available at the center. Cost: $6 in advance; $7 at the door. For families of five or more the cost is $30 in advance; $35 at the door. For information, call (727) 596-9491 or visit stjeromeearlychildhoodcenter.org.

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Medal haul well short of U.S. Olympic Committee projections

Medal haul well short of U.S. Olympic Committee projections

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It was a sweeping goal, spelled out on a colorful, full-screen slide and presented to leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee in a meeting last year. Sports executives in America targeted athletes on Team USA to win 37 medals...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

RUSKIN — Two boats collided on the Little Manatee River Friday morning, killing one person and injuring two others, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.Arthur D. Showley, 75, died in the crash, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Cons...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Terminally ill man dies a month after marrying junior high school sweetheart

Terminally ill man dies a month after marrying junior high school sweetheart

VALRICO — Dustin Snyder, a terminally-ill Valrico man who married his junior high sweetheart last month, died at 10 a.m. Friday, according to family.On Thursday when his sister Brittany Hails visited him, "he was in and out," she said. "It was just l...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Costs nearly double for I-75 interchange in Pasco County

Costs nearly double for I-75 interchange in Pasco County

NEW PORT RICHEY –— The cost of a diamond is getting pricier.The planned "divergent diamond" interchange, intended to ease traffic congestion at Interstate 75 and State Road 56 where Lutz, Land O’Lakes and Wesley Chapel intersect, is going to be more ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sheriff: Small plane goes down in Zephyrhills

Sheriff: Small plane goes down in Zephyrhills

ZEPHYHRHILLS — A small aircraft crashed along Old Lakeland Highway on Friday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies believe the plane was a two-seater.No other information was available about the incident, including the id...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Special Olympians shine at county summer games

Special Olympians shine at county summer games

NEW PORT RICHEY — It was one of those perfect days, when sunscreen and shade are in high demand, smiles are aplenty and the camaraderie on the field trumps the thrill of victory.About 600 Special Olympians and unified athletes from west Pasco schools...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Tampa lawyer gets 27 months in federal prison for insider trading

Tampa lawyer Walter "Chet’’ Little was sentenced this week to 27 months in federal prison for engaging in an insider trading scheme that reaped him and a friend profits totaling nearly $1 million.According to federal authorities, Little accessed comp...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

Edward Peachey, the leader of Pinellas and Hillsborough career centers under multiple investigations over the way they report job placement figures, says he has no intention of stepping down unless he is paid a severance.In a letter from his attorney...
Updated: 1 hour ago
More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as #BoycottNRA movement gains steam

More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as #BoycottNRA movement gains steam

Three major companies — Enterprise Holdings, First National Bank of Omaha, and the cybersecurity giant Symantec — have ended co-branding partnerships with the National Rifle Association as a #BoycottNRA social media movement picks up steam.Enterprise...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Pasco foundation battling childhood hunger one school at a time

Pasco foundation battling childhood hunger one school at a time

ZEPHRYHILLS — On a Thursday morning in a small warehouse off Gall Boulevard, a well-oiled machine of goodwill is cranking. At the Thomas Promise Foundation, volunteers Carlos and Robin Clothier, pack boxes of macaroni and cheese, granola bars, apple ...
Updated: 2 hours ago