Empty boxes on curb are an invite to thieves
Clearwater police and the city's Solid Waste Department will be collecting large boxes that once contained electronics this holiday season in an effort to curb home burglaries.
"Leaving them curbside for your trash pickup day is like leaving an advertisement to bad guys that you just got new loot for the holidays," police said.
Through Jan. 1, the Solid Waste Department will have large bins at eight locations where residents can drop off empty boxes instead of leaving them out on the curb. The bins will be removed Jan. 2.
The locations are:
• Clearwater Police headquarters, 645 Pierce St.
• Clearwater Police substation, 1310 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
• Clearwater Fire & Rescue Station 49, 565 Sky Harbor Drive
• Clearwater Fire & Rescue Station 50, 2681 Countryside Blvd.
• Ross Norton Recreation Center, 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
• Morningside Pool, 2400 Harn Blvd.
• Clearwater Beach Recreation Center, 69 Bay Esplanade
• Clearwater Solid Waste Facility, 1701 N Hercules Ave.
Plenty of winners in decorating contest
Dunedin had 35 participants in its annual Lamp Post Decorating Contest. First-, second- and third-place ribbons were awarded in the categories of Business, Restaurant, Church, Civic Group, City Department and Holiday Spirit.
The overall winner was Creative Graphics/Jack's Signs & Designs.
The winners in the City Department category were: first-place, Fire Prevention; second-place, Utility Billing; and third-place, the Dunedin Library.
Winners in the Business category were: first- place, Raspberries; second-place, Coastal Properties; and third-place, Salon GW.
In the Church category, winners were: first- place, Dunedin Assembly of God; second-place, United Methodist Church; third-place, Faith Lutheran Church.
Civic Group winners were: first-place, Dunedin Boat Club; second-place, Greater Dunedin Community Foundation; third-place, Dunedin Historical Museum.
In the Restaurant category, winners were: first-place, Kelly's; second-place, the Living Room; and third-place, Casa Tina's.
Winners of the Holiday Spirit category were: first-place, Finance Department; second-place, City After-School Program; and third-place, Fishes Wishes. Judges were Kim Rohr and Alicia Castricone.
WIC program closed two days to change to cards
The WIC supplemental nutrition program will be offering families more convenience at food stores by upgrading from paper checks that were often cumbersome to handle to a new electronic benefits transfer card that will make shopping easier.
To make that possible, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will be closed for all services on Jan. 30-31 as computer systems are upgraded to handle the new process. WIC clients will not be able to access any services during those days. Normal operations will resume Feb. 3.
WIC is a federally-funded supplemental nutrition program that provides healthy foods to expectant and new mothers and their children. To see if you qualify, call (727) 824-6913. WIC offers peer counselors who educate and counsel women to encourage breast-feeding as the best choice to nourish babies.
DOH-Pinellas' WIC site, pinellashealth.com/WIC.asp, provides more information about the WIC program, including income guidelines and eligibility.
Library invites you to join monthly book club
If you are looking for a book club to join in the new year, the Tarpon Springs Public Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called Expand Your Horizons.
Each month the books discussed are fiction or nonfiction books in a variety of genres.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the special time of 6 p.m. The book title is Nothing with Strings by Bailey White.
Light refreshments will be served.
Contact the library at (727) 943-4922 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or more information.