Friday, November 24, 2017
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Upgrading railroad crossings: The Pinellas County Department of Environment and Infrastructure and CSX Railroad are beginning a project to improve railroad crossings on Belleair Road and Wyatt Street between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Clearwater-Largo Road. The project will take place in two phases, with anticipated construction detours. The Belleair Road project is from S Myrtle Avenue to Scranton Avenue and will last from Friday to Feb. 21. The Wyatt Street project is from Clearwater-Largo Road to S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and is scheduled for March 1-7. The projects will include replacing the existing crossings with a reinforced structure and new rails, constructing ADA-compliant sidewalks, and resurfacing the road.

Gentle yoga: Improve flexibility and balance, tone muscles, and enhance your overall physical and mental well-being. Tuesday and Thursdays from 4 to 5:15 p.m., St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Cost is $10 per class. For information, call (727) 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.

Republican club meets Wednesday: Diane Nelson, Pinellas County tax collector, will address the St. Petersburg Republican Club at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. After her presentation, the audience will have the opportunity to be a part of a question and answer session. Free. St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 864-0312.

Bridal dress and accessories giveaway: The Gathering of Women will sponsor a bridal dress and accessories giveaway on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Harbordale YMCA, 2421 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Many of the dresses are new or slightly used. For information, call (727) 433-1352.

Understanding the Home Buying Process: If you've been thinking about buying a home and don't know where to start, you can tune into There's No Place Like Home, the radio show sponsored by the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. The program airs Feb. 17 from 10:05 to 10:35 a.m. on WRXB-AM 1590. The show can also be watched on PCC-TV (Bright House 622, Knology 18 and Verizon 44), YouTube, or viewed online at pinellascounty.org/community/hfa/Media.htm. Questions or comments about the show may be emailed to housingfinance [email protected]

Book drive: A drive to collect books for Goodwill's BookWorks preschool literacy program starts Friday and runs through March 15. To donate new or like-new books for children 2 to 5, attach a note indicating they are "for BookWorks" and drop them off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site. To volunteer for BookWorks, call Goodwill Community Relations toll-free at 1-888-279-1988, ext. 1013 or 1976. For information, call toll-free 1-888-279-1988 or visit goodwill-suncoast.org.

Do you know a super senior? The Office on Aging is seeking nominations for inductions into the Senior Hall of Fame, which honors volunteers over the age of 65. Nominees must be a resident of Pinellas County and have dedicated their service to benefit the residents or community of St. Petersburg. Inductees include volunteers from various nonprofit organizations such as the Florida Orchestra, museums, schools, churches, neighborhood associations, military groups, police and many more. Deadline for applications is May 1. For an application and information, call (727) 893-7101 or visit the website stpeteparksrec.org/ office-on-aging.html.

Volleyball for adults: Be part of a co-ed volleyball team while learning the fundamentals of the game. Registration begins Feb. 25 for play from March 21 through April 11 at Wildwood Recreation Center, 1000 28th St. S, St. Petersburg. Games will be held on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Teams are from six to 10 people. Players must be 18 or older, and a St. Petersburg Advantage Card membership is required. Cost is $15 for St. Petersburg residents and $38/season pass or $125/year for nonresidents. For information including, call (727) 893-7750 or visit stpeteparksrec.org

Writing workshop: Write that novel, memoir, children's book or the screenplay you've always wanted to, and learn how to position it to sell. This course is packed with information. Classes will meet on Wednesdays starting on Feb. 20 and will run through March 13. Cost is $180. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. For information or to register call (727) 363-9245.

Senior dining services: Senior citizens are invited to join one of 10 senior dining sites throughout Pinellas County where hot, nutritious midday meals are offered. It's also a place to socialize, make new friends and enjoy a wide variety of planned activities. There's no charge for meals, however donations are accepted. Seniors must be a registered diner with Neighborly Care Network, at least 60 years old and live in Pinellas County. Free transportation is provided to the closest dining site if needed. You must register 72 hours in advance to become a participant at the dining sites and to receive transportation. For information, call (727) 573-9444.

Hospital helpers: 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.

Yoga Village at Sunken Gardens: Breathe in and relax as you reap yoga's meditative benefits. Classes are every Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. 1825 Fourth St. N. St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 551-3102 or visit stpete.org/sunken.

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Three dead in wrong-way, head-on crash Thursday on I-75 in Gibsonton

Three people in their early 20s died Thursday when a car driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 slammed head-on into another car, killing both drivers and a passenger in the car that was struckThe accident happened about 10:30 p.m. just just south of...
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Murky waters: Chartering the wrong boat can have tragic consequences

Murky waters: Chartering the wrong boat can have tragic consequences

Captain Dan Peretz noticed the same charter boats overloaded with passengers again and again. He thought, "This is how people die.’’ So he sent emails to the Coast Guard, sharing his concerns, naming specific boats, including the Jaguar....
Updated: 1 hour ago
Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

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Updated: 11 hours ago
Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

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Updated: 12 hours ago

 
Published: 11/23/17

Published: 11/23/17
Woman killed in Largo motorcycle crash could ‘out-game any dude’

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LARGO — Sydney Pender, 27, loved riding her motorcycle, even though she knew the dangers. Three years ago, her friend said, a delivery truck hit her. But she kept riding. On Thanksgiving, it was a crash with a taxi cab that killed her.Pender, a St. P...
Published: 11/23/17

Valrico intersection closed after car-sized hole opens in road

VALRICO — A hole the size of a vehicle opened up beneath the intersection of Nature’s Way Boulevard and Elm Grove Lane, Hillsborough officials said.The cause of the depression is unclear, but the intersection was blocked off to traffic.Hillsborough C...
Published: 11/23/17
Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

CLEARWATER — On Tuesday, Jon Mott had a 103-degree fever. That was not enough to keep him from maintaining his dominance Thursday at the 39th Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot.The former Northeast standout added to his record with his fifth title in the ev...
Published: 11/23/17

Update: Mother, toddler hit by car in critical condition at TGH

TAMPA — A mother and one of her two small children who were hit by a car while trying to cross Dale Mabry Highway on Wednesday were still in the hospital on Thanksgiving, according to Tampa General Hospital.Cassandra Marie Spicola, 29, and 18-month-o...
Published: 11/23/17