Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

Pinellas County conducts online resident survey on parks

Countywide

DO YOU Use the parks? YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED

Pinellas County is asking residents to complete an online survey by Friday to help determine who is using the parks, trails and recreational facilities throughout the county. The survey, conducted and funded through a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, will help determine residents' activity preferences and opinions on safety and cleanliness. The voluntary survey is anonymous and residents may skip any question they choose not to answer. Results will be available at the end of September and will be used to facilitate discussion, provide feedback on concerns residents may have and to guide in improvement or expansion of the parks, trails and recreational facilities. To complete the survey, visit pinellascounty.org/parks.

tarpon springs

City to hold public budget workshop

The Tarpon Springs City Commission will hold a workshop on the 2012-13 city budget at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 324 E Pine St. The discussion will focus on the general fund as well as enterprise and special revenue funds. The budget workshop is open to the public.

clearwater

Saturday benefit for Jazz Holiday

"Hernando's Hideaway" Speakeasy & Casino Night is 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure, at the Harborview Center in downtown Clearwater. The event is intended to raise funds for Clearwater's Jazz Holiday and Regional Chamber of Commerce, the evening's hosts. It's designed to create a night of fun around the 1920s illusion of a smoky backroom setting of gambling, dancing and (pretend) illegal spirits as seen in the movies. "Hernando's Hideaway" is open to the public and is black-tie optional. There will be hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Advance tickets are $65 ($75 at the door). For tickets or additional information or for sponsorship opportunities for the fundraiser, please visit clearwaterflorida.org or call (727) 461-0011.

safety harbor

Stop water leaks, reduce your bill

Does your water bill seem higher than it should? Learn how to detect leaks in your home, use less water and preserve the area's waterways at a water resource workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday at Safety Harbor City Hall. For additional information, call (727) 724-1555 ext. 231.

countywide

Cancer patients in need of drivers

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients to their medical appointments throughout Pinellas County. The amount of time the volunteer drives, as well as the geographic area, will be based on the volunteer's preference. To sign up or for additional information, please call toll-free 1-800-227-2345.

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Crash downs power lines, closes N Florida Avenue in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — A portion of North Florida Avenue is closed in downtown Tampa as TECO crews repair downed power lines after a crash late Wednesday night.The crash occurred around 11:35 p.m. at the intersection of N Florida Avenue and E Fortune Street, accord...
Updated: 1 hour ago
What you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 14

What you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 14

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll see temperatures in the low 70s today as highs march toward 80 degrees by Monday, according to 10Weather WTSP.• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

ST. PETERSBURG — For years, Edge District merchants and residents have been united by this grievance: there isn’t enough parking to accommodate visitors to the booming entertainment and retail district.The City Council will consider a plan to fix tha...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Exploring the incredible color, cuisine, culture of India

Exploring the incredible color, cuisine, culture of India

DELHIAs I slid my shoes off and handed the man a five-rupee note before entering the Jama Masjid mosque, I could feel the heat from the red stone against my heels. I could also feel the intense stares of the Delhi locals. I don’t know which made me s...
Published: 12/14/17
Joe Henderson: Recent cold snap brings to mind the Big Chill of Christmas ‘89

Joe Henderson: Recent cold snap brings to mind the Big Chill of Christmas ‘89

You know that little snap of frigid — OK, chilly — weather we just had? In Florida, we call that winter, a season we typically measure in hours.If it’s really savage, the thermometer might not rise above 50 degrees for two or sometimes three whole da...
Published: 12/14/17
Why is eggnog a holiday tradition? Exploring fresh renditions of the classic drink

Why is eggnog a holiday tradition? Exploring fresh renditions of the classic drink

Eggnog dates back to medieval times when the British enjoyed a drink called "posset" that was made with hot milk, ale and spices. Later it became a drink for the wealthy who added expensive brandy or sherry. It was the alcohol that kept the milk from...
Published: 12/14/17
Pinellas sheriff disciplines deputies in arrest, but not for excessive force

Pinellas sheriff disciplines deputies in arrest, but not for excessive force

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has suspended two deputies after an internal investigation found they violated agency policies during the arrest of a 25-year-old man that turned violent. The sheriff handed down 15 days to Deputy Alexander Edge, who G...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested several people, including a son of a prominent flooring store chain’s late founder, as part of an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in an alley last year. The w...
Updated: 1 hour ago

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Updated: 7 hours ago

Winter meetings journal: Rays trade for money to sign top international free agent

LAKE BUENA VISTA — While most of the business conducted at the meetings impacts the big-league team one way or another, the Rays are working to finalize a move they hope pays off big sometime in the 2020s.In trading Wednesday to acquire $1 million in...
Updated: 7 hours ago