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News Roundup

North Pinellas news briefs for Aug. 28


Blue bins mark transition to new residential recycling program

The city will soon begin to distribute 26,000 new single-stream recycling barrels around the city for a new recycling initiative to begin at the end of September.

The first blue barrels will appear in early September and all residences will have one by the end of the month.

Residents will be able to recycle glass, plastics, cardboard and other materials together as well as newspapers and other previously allowed items.

The wheeled barrels have instructions on the lid listing all the materials that can be placed in them. Collection days for specific neighborhoods will be included with the new barrels.

Residents should store the new bins on their property and continue using their yellow recycling bins until Sept. 30, according to a city news release.

For more information, visit or call (727) 562-4920.

Library to host teen Manga Club

The Clearwater Main Library, at 100 N Osceola Ave., will host a teen Manga Club this fall.

Manga, originally a reading genre that encompassed a wide variety of popular literary materials in Japan, has since been adopted in the United States and other countries as a distinctive style of cartooning for graphic novels or comics.

The club, which will be open to those in middle school and high school grades, will meet Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18 in the library's Teen Room. The group will discuss different mangas each month. Additional activities may include crafts, an art show and making doujinshi, or fan-created comics.

For more information, visit or call (727) 562-4970.


Flea market items needed

It may be August, but at Heritage Village thoughts are already turning to October, when the 35th annual Country Jubilee brings a celebration of autumn to Pinellas County with artisans, musicians, demonstrations and much more.

A big draw each year is the flea market and book sale, conducted by the Pinellas County Historical Society. Proceeds from this fundraising activity go directly to the operations at Heritage Village, and its success depends on residents to donate items for the sale.

Donations to the flea market and book sale are now being collected at Heritage Village during normal operating hours. The Historical Society is accepting books, tools, dishes, silverware, sports equipment, craft items, toys, jewelry, antique or small furniture, seasonal decorations and all types of antiques and housewares.

Clothing, shoes, computers and televisions will not be accepted.

For more information on making a donation or to make an appointment to drop off more than a few boxes, call (727) 582-2233. Smaller donations may be brought to the front desk.

The 35th annual Country Jubilee will be held Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature craft and artisan vendors, musical entertainment, tours of historical homes, a food court, traditional craft demonstrations and living history activities, as well as the flea market and book sale.

Vendors may still apply by calling (727) 582-2233.


Public housing applications available

The Dunedin Housing Authority is accepting applications for Fairway Gardens, the mixed affordable and public housing community it owns at 30 and 110 N Lady Mary Drive in Clearwater.

Applications may be downloaded at or may be picked up at Dunedin City Hall (542 Main St.), Dunedin Public Library (223 Douglas Ave.) and the Dunedin Community Center (1920 Pinehurst Road). Documents will be accepted by U.S. mail only. Send completed applications to: Dunedin Housing Authority, 2001 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702.

Fair seeks antiques vendors

Dunedin's Parks & Recreation Department is seeking vendors for its twice-yearly antiques fair. The next fair will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Edgewater Park, 51 Main St.

The event, which features more than 40 antiques dealers from around the state, is held in conjunction with an Antique and Classic Car Show along Broadway Avenue at Alt. U.S. 19.

Those interested in participating in the antiques fair should contact Elaine Swinehart at (727) 298-3299 or [email protected] To participate in the car show, call Bill Coleman at (727) 433-2300.

Free concerts return

Dunedin's free Starlight Concert series returns Sept. 6. Every Friday in September, the city will host a different band from 7 to 9 p.m. at Highlander Park. Scheduled are: Fast Lane (Sept. 6), Mudflappers (Sept. 13), Betty Fox Band (Sept. 20) and Legendary JC's (Sept. 27).

Attendees can either purchase concessions on site or bring a picnic basket along with their blanket or lawn chair. For more information, call (727) 812-4531.

Leonard Hamilton’s ‘junkyard dogs’ have FSU within reach of NCAA Final Four

Leonard Hamilton’s ‘junkyard dogs’ have FSU within reach of NCAA Final Four

LOS ANGELES — Florida State takes its win-by-committee philosophy seriously.The Seminoles crowded six players on the dais with coach Leonard Hamilton for Friday's news conference at Staples Center. They were only required to bring five, but nob...
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Softball: Mitchell turns things around

Softball: Mitchell turns things around

CLEARWATER — The offense was opportunistic Friday, but that has been the case a lot lately.Mitchell scored key runs late and got contributions from everyone. Add pitching that was effective and you have a 4-3 victory in 10 innings over Chamberl...
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USF’s McClanahan finally allows an earned run…and then some

USF’s McClanahan finally allows an earned run…and then some

TAMPA — One of the most improbable streaks in USF baseball history was snapped Friday evening.Or more specifically, crushed.Bulls left-handed ace Shane McClanahan, who hadn't allowed an earned run in 31 2/3 innings this season, got a rude retur...
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20 years of the Rays’ brushes with ‘celebrity’

20 years of the Rays’ brushes with ‘celebrity’

ST. PETERSBURG — Some Rays, and their spouses, have been known for more than baseball. Some celebrities have shown up to watch the Rays play. Here are 20 of those connections:• The Rays were featured prominently in the 2002 Disney movie T...
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Rowdies hope to match last season’s home dominance

ST. PETERSBURG — It will be hard to expect the Rowdies to top their home performance from last season, but that's exactly what captain Joe Cole has in mind."We lost one game here last year. And we want to improve on that," Cole said Friday. "No...
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Former Derby Lane kennel owner Jan Alderson passes away

ST. PETERSBURG — On Jan Alderson's 60th birthday, she received an unexpected surprise.Her telephone rang with the news that Fiesta Mercury had just scored his most impressive career victory at Derby Lane — a 15-length romp in a Grade A sp...
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Land O’Lakes pitches, hits way to Farm Bureau Classic championship

BROOKSVILLE — The game plan for Land O'Lakes is pretty simple. The Gators rely on their pitching and defense, and hope they can score enough runs to win.That strategy worked during the Farm Bureau Classic this week, especially in the final agai...
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‘Death’ for cop-killer is a mistake. He gets life in prison.

‘Death’ for cop-killer is a mistake. He gets life in prison.

LARGO — The man who shot and killed Tarpon Springs police Officer Charles Kondek in 2014 will spend the rest of his life in prison.That was the sentence 12 jurors chose for Marco Antonio Parilla, Jr. on Friday after two weeks of testimony and four ho...
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High school scoreboard for March 23

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 2, Crystal River 1
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Largo officer shoots, kills motorist who drove at him, police say

Largo officer shoots, kills motorist who drove at him, police say

LARGO — One man was dead and an officer was left injured on Friday night in what police officials called a "violent, explosive situation."The episode started just before 6 p.m. Largo police Officer Matthew Steiner pulled over a black Nissan sedan at ...
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