police plan events to help ill colleague
The Largo Police Department is organizing a fundraiser for Lt. Mike Renault, a veteran of the force who has stomach cancer. Proceeds from two events will go toward his medical and other expenses. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, the department will host a cookout at its headquarters at 201 Highland Ave.. Then Saturday, police and fire departments around the area will compete in a daylong softball tournament beginning at 9 a.m. at Whitesell Softball Complex at 12555 119th St. N. Players pay $20 to participate; spectators attend free. Organizers hope to raise money through concessions and donations. Renault is married to Largo police Officer Jennifer Renault. The couple has three young children. For information call Largo Lt. Mike Loux at (727) 586-7388.
Test drive the new optical scan voting
Demonstrations of the optical scan voting system, which will be used in Tuesday's primary and the Nov. 4 general election, will be at the following locations:
• Indian Rocks Beach City Hall auditorium, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd., 7-8 p.m. today.
• Osceola High School, 9751 98th St. N, Seminole, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday.
• Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas County, 1451 N Missouri Ave., Largo, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday.
• Clearwater Main Public Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., noon to 4 p.m., Monday.
Let us know why you love this beach
The beach at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs will close the day after Labor Day for bridge reconstruction, estimated to take about 15 months. You're hating it. We know. So send us your favorite memories from Pinellas' northernmost beach. We'll publish some in the coming weeks. Send submissions to Rita Farlow at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, email@example.com or fax: (727) 445-4119.
Volunteers needed as child advocates
More than 900 abused, abandoned or neglected children and teenagers in Pinellas County need volunteer advocates to represent them in court and the child welfare system. The Guardian ad Litem program of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida trains volunteers to become advocates. Volunteers become familiar with children's cases, visit with them and make recommendations to the court to help ensure safe, caring and stable environments. The next training class will meet twice a week from 6 to 9 p.m. for five weeks starting Sept. 2 at the Criminal Justice Center on 49th Street. For more information and an application, call (727) 464-7674 or visit www.guardianadlitem6.org.
The starting quarterback job is unsettled at many Pinellas County schools. Take a look at six heated battles, 8C.
Beal, Robert D.
Doody, Earl J.
Hooper, Matthew L.
Jolly, Janet E.
Koelmel, Grace June
Lennon, Doris LaTourette
Martin, Helen M.
Moore, Heather Catherine
Wagner, Bonnie J.