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Meet Clearwater mayoral candidates at forum Monday

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Meet candidates for mayor at forum Monday

The Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition will host a mayoral candidate forum Monday night at the Salvation Army Joy Center. Both candidates, Vice Mayor George Cretekos and political newcomer Christine Marketos-Cuomo, will introduce themselves and answer questions. Two unopposed candidates for City Council, Doreen DiPolito and Jay Polglaze, also are expected to attend. The moderated forum will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1521 Druid Road. The election is Jan. 31.

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Longtime fire chief McGuff retires

Fire Chief Scott McGuff retired on Friday after fighting fires in Oldsmar for more than 35 years. The city held a party for him at Oldsmar's fire station. McGuff, 53, hopes to spend more time with his grandson and travel with his wife. Down the road, he may find work in emergency management or volunteer for a humanitarian organization. He joined Oldsmar's fire department as a volunteer in 1976 and seven years later was hired as one of the city's first professional firefighters. He started as a lieutenant, was promoted to captain a few years later, and was named chief in 1988. Capt. Dean O'Nale will serve as acting chief until the city selects a permanent replacement. McGuff calls O'Nale, an 18-year veteran, the "strongest in-house candidate" to fill his shoes. Oldsmar City Manager Bruce Haddock gave McGuff five specific goals for the next year: Purchase an RV, travel, rest, relax and avoid all deadlines.

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Puppalooza offers dogs for adoption

At "Puppalooza," the Humane Society of Pinellas brings out dogs for adoption or just hugging. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Westfield Countryside Mall. For details, go to humane societyofpinellas.org.

Shelter schedules networking event

Get ready for Paws for Networking, a monthly program being offered by the Humane Society of Pinellas. The first Paws for Networking event of the year will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the society, 3040 State Road 590. The program is designed to give professionals a chance to network while learning more about the needs of the shelter including volunteer, support and fundraising. Information: email Andrea Campagna at [email protected]

Garden Club party tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for the Clearwater Garden Club's annual Card Party and Luncheon, from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. Tickets are $12 and includes lunch. Dinner for eight at Bonefish Grill goes to the winning bidder. (727) 391-3066 or (727) 595-2882; email clearwater [email protected]

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Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting

Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting

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Woman says Hernando County commissioner kept her as a ‘sex slave’

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Updated: 24 minutes ago
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Regulators allow major solar company to lease home equipment

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Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

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Eakins: New ‘achievement zone’ would lift struggling schools

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Woman attacks door of special needs bus with kids inside, curses at driver, deputies say

Woman attacks door of special needs bus with kids inside, curses at driver, deputies say

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