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Pinellas news briefs: AmeriLife on the move; SHINE offers final seminar for Medicare 2012 choices


Amerilife MOVES headquarters, but not far

AmeriLife, a health and life insurance company, will move its headquarters 5 miles south on U.S. 19 in March. The company's 350 employees will move from the six-story AmeriLife Towers at Countryside Boulevard, where it moved in 1990, to a three-story complex at McCormick Drive. The new AmeriLife Place will give the expanding company more parking and space for upgrades, officials said. Founded in 1971, AmeriLife is the largest senior-focused insurance marketing group in the country.

Help navigating Medicare choices

Clearwater's Aging Well Center, in cooperation with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs agency SHINE, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, hosts its final seminar at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 for older adults who have questions regarding their Medicare choices for 2012. The deadline for election choices is Dec. 7, earlier than previous years. The SHINE seminar will be held at the Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road. Registration is recommended. For those who have individual concerns, SHINE volunteers are also providing assistance at the Aging Well Center by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Those seeking help should bring a list of their medications, names of health care providers they prefer and documentation from their existing providers such as an annual notice of change regarding costs and coverage for the coming year. To register for the seminar or make a private appointment, call (727) 562-3070.

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Learn more about our native plants

Are you a weekend gardener? Would you like to learn more about native Florida plants? Come out Dec. 10 to kick off the city's beautification and restoration plans at Mullet Creek. Sign up for the morning or afternoon sessions, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. You'll learn about planting design and the native plants chosen for the Mullet Creek project and get useful ideas to take home to your own yard. The city is also looking for volunteers ready to get dirty and help with the first landscape installation project at the creek. The city will provide the plants, shovels and of course the dirt. You'll need to bring gloves and enthusiasm about transforming this little corner of Safety Harbor. Please email Ana Mena at amena@ or call (727) 724-1555 by Dec. 2.

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Parents Day Out at library Dec. 10

The Youth Advisory Board will hold a Parents Day Out from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Designed for children ages 4-9, there will be games, crafts and movies. A suggested donation is $4 per child. Light refreshments will be provided. Proceeds from the day will go toward teen library services. For reservations, call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.


County commissioners and County Administrator Bob LaSala will answer questions Monday at the annual town hall meeting sponsored by the Council of North County Neighborhoods. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Point Road, Palm Harbor. An item in Thursday's In the Know column gave an incorrect date.

Pinellas news briefs: AmeriLife on the move; SHINE offers final seminar for Medicare 2012 choices 11/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 19, 2011 11:06am]
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