Boyfriend, 22, jailed, accused of abusing cat
Matthew J. Selk grabbed his girlfriend's cat, Jezebel, by the neck and punched the animal repeatedly, saying he was going to "shut the cat up," according to a Largo arrest report. That was late Wednesday. Then the 22-year-old stuffed the cat in a backpack and left the apartment at 301 N Belcher Road, returning later without the cat. When Selk's girlfriend came home, she found blood in her bedroom and Selk said he had dropped the cat in a Dumpster behind an Outback Steakhouse, according to police. But authorities could not find the cat in the grease bin. Selk was arrested early Thursday and faces a charge of animal cruelty. Police said he hinted to them that he had dismembered the cat. Selk was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Festival celebrates Italian heritage
LIADO, the Italian-American Women of Today, hosts the sixth annual San Gennaro Festa to celebrate and share Italian heritage from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Authentic entertainment, foods and an Alfa Romeo car show are included. Admission is $4. Call (727) 724-1572 or e-mail special firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opera prelude series set for today
Opera fans and those just curious have a chance tonight to learn about the current opera season at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. The Opera Tampa Prelude Series, presented by Sherrill Milnes, comes to Tarpon Springs at 7:30 p.m. Featured will be a prelude to Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. The series provides an entertaining and educational overview of the grand operas in the current season. Tickets are $18, $16 and $12. The event is at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Call (727) 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org.
Housing for seniors available
Prospect Towers of Clearwater, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Senior Citizen Services of Clearwater, provides housing for seniors ages 62 and older on limited income. The facility at 801 Chestnut St. offers efficiencies and one-bedroom apartments. For an application, call Felicita Rosado, (727) 447-5701.