Neighbors help save dogs from burning home
Thanks to neighbors helping neighbors, three Jack Russell terriers were saved from a fire Friday. At 3:38 p.m., Clearwater firefighters responded to a kitchen fire at 2398 Nash St. in east Clearwater. The residents weren't home when the fire broke out, but the three dogs were inside. "Their neighbors had seen smoke and called us,'' said Todd Connors, an assistant fire chief for Clearwater Fire & Rescue. "By the time we got there, they had gotten two dogs out. We were able to get the last one out.'' The cause of the fire was still under investigation late Friday, and no damage estimate was available.
Karaoke singers to aid needy families
For the eighth year, dozens of karaoke singers are giving hundreds of holiday gifts to the children and families helped by Isaiah's Inn Inc., a Clearwater charitable ministry that currently houses 45 families. The public is invited to participate this year by dropping off gifts or cash donations from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at Jack's Joint, 2950 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. For more information, call (727) 712-0740.
Staffers' donations help kids get bikes
Pinellas County employees rolled out 45 new bicycles, along with 45 helmets, from the County Courthouse in Clearwater on Friday morning. The bikes were loaded onto mosquito control trucks and taken to Pinellas County Health and Human Services offices in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. They will go to preapproved families that are clients of Health and Human Services. Now in its 26th year, the bicycle drive is supported by county employees who donate money throughout the year to go toward the purchase of the bicycles and the helmets. County employees also donated items to fulfill wish lists for eligible clients of Health and Human Services. The wish lists included personal products, household goods and linens.
Artists can apply for scholarships
The Miniature Art Society of Florida invites high school seniors in Pinellas County interested in fine arts to apply for a 2013 scholarship. The primary purpose of the society's scholarships is to encourage young artists to pursue a career in the fine arts, whatever their creative goals may be. Since 1985, the society has handed out more than 80 scholarships totaling more than $110,000. Scholarship applications will be accepted until Feb. 8; applicants will be interviewed on March 16 or March 30. For more information or to fill out a scholarship application, visit www.miniature-art.com.