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Oldsmar: Freedom Fest events will celebrate Memorial Day


Freedom Fest will include music, shows

The Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is joining with the city of Oldsmar and PAC Publishing Inc. to stage Freedom Fest on State Street in Oldsmar for the Memorial Day holiday. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature live music, vendors, a carnival for the kids and bike shows. A Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park will be at 10 a.m. today, followed by a bike parade back to State Street. A military salute will kick off Sunday's events. For information, visit


Club taps sergeant as officer of year

Clearwater police Sgt. James Quinlan will receive the Clearwater Civitan Club Police Officer of the Year Award on Tuesday. Quinlan was selected for his work on projects that included the watch commander program and the prisoner transport system. The watch commander is an evening/early morning patrol supervisor responsible for adjusting officer deployment and controlling overtime. The prisoner transport system is a service that relieves officers of the duty of transporting prisoners and puts them back into service faster. "Jim has a tireless work ethic and a will-do attitude, regardless of the task at hand," Clearwater police Chief Sid Klein said. "No job is too big or too small and is always handled with the utmost professionalism." This is the 21st year the Civitan Club has recognized a Clearwater police officer.


Author to discuss, sign book at store

Dunedin author Kathleen Sullivan McDonald will discuss her book Butterfly, a fictional tale based on a true story, and sign books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Oak Trail Books, 1219 Florida Ave. The book is set in Florida, except when Bridget Ann Flynn travels to Scotland and Ireland. A premise of the story is that joy is not measured by the events in your life but by your responses to events. Call (727) 785-1960.

Tarpon Springs

Workshop will look at digital TV switch

A workshop on the Federal Communications Commission's digital conversion switch will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St. Gerry Ulcek of the FCC's Tampa office will answer questions and demonstrate connection to the converter boxes. The event is free to the public. Call (727) 943-4922.

In Sports

Largo, Northeast football previews, 7C.

Pinellas deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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