Review tough on Stanton's leadership style
Susan Stanton has impressed a few of her new bosses, but she's garnering some of the same criticism in Lake Worth that she received as Largo's manager, the Palm Beach Post says. Some Largo workers and officials said Stanton was overly tough and inflexible. In her first annual evaluation as Lake Worth's city manager, the chief complaint city commissioners had about Stanton was her "abrasive management style," the paper said. Stanton, 51, who was formerly known as Steve, was fired from Largo in 2007 after news of her decision to become a woman became public. She was hired as Lake Worth's city manager a year ago. Three Lake Worth city leaders gave Stanton high marks. The other two gave her average or below average scores. Her job did not appear to be in danger.
Learn water safety for kids on Web
The Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition and All Children's Hospital have created a Web site to promote pool safety. The site, www.floridasafe pools.com, can help parents and caregivers research water safety and learn about "layers of protection" to keep little ones out of harm's way. Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths of children younger than 5, the Web site says. In many cases the caregiver was distracted for only a minute. Barriers such as door alarms, locks, gates and fencing can buy precious time. Floridasafe pools.com is also offering a chance to win a pool safety makeover. Click on the site to learn more.
Teachers, want to lead field trips?
A free teacher training workshop on Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The workshop is intended for teachers willing to lead their own field trips. Registration required. Call (727) 453-6800.
Gang deterrence program to begin
The Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., will show a series of Spanish movies as part of a gang deterrence program in cooperation with the Clearwater Police Department and the Hispanic Outreach Center. The movies include Talento de Barrio starring Daddy Yankee, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and Sin Nombre, 3:30 p.m. April 21. Both movies are rated R for violence and gang activity. There will be a discussion with Clearwater police afterward on how to avoid gang involvement. The movies are for ages 15 to 20. For information, call (727) 562-4970.
Sponsors, vendors needed for event
Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation is seeking corporate and individual sponsors and vendors for its annual Party in the Park, a family-day event scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22 at Pop Stansell Park, corner of Florida Avenue and Eighth Street in Palm Harbor. Party in the Park sponsors will receive signs at the event, mention in public-address announcements and a table for displaying their literature and products. Call Erica Lynford, (727) 771-6000 .