Police to trade gift cards for guns today
Clearwater and Largo police are hoping for a good turnout for their Gifts for Guns buyback initiative, which will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The purpose is to reward people for turning in guns that could fall into the wrong hands. Turning in an assault weapon will be rewarded with a $100 gift card. Owners of other guns will get a $50 gift card. Those 16 and under can exchange BB guns for a $50 gift card. The gift cards are for various gas stations, Wal-Mart, Target and other stores and restaurants. Police will set up stations at the North Greenwood Recreation Complex, 900 N Martin Luther King Ave., Clearwater; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 400 S Old Coachman Road, Clearwater; and Highland Presbyterian Church, 1885 Highland Ave., Largo. Only those who are bringing a gun will be allowed into the area. Police say no questions will be asked, and all types of guns will be accepted. They must be unloaded and sealed in a plastic bag or box marked "Gifts for Guns." If you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer on the way to the event, organizers ask that you immediately tell the officer you have a weapon in your possession and are headed to the event.
Event will honor Good ACT scholars
More than a dozen Clearwater students will be honored for good behavior and academic performance Friday at the annual Good ACT recreation scholarship program luncheon. The students will receive a one-year recreational membership for the students and their family members that is valid at all city of Clearwater recreation centers, including the North Greenwood Aquatic Center and the Ross Norton Extreme Sports Park. The program is a collaboration between the Clearwater Police Department, Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department and the Rotary Club of Clearwater. The students, kindergarteners through eighth-graders, were nominated by teachers, mentors and police officers for performing random acts of kindness, earning good grades and being helpful to peers. The Good ACT (Aquatic Center Time) program was created in 2003 and has made hundreds of awards to deserving youth in the community.
Wine and Art Walk steps off tonight
Celebrate the second Friday of the month at the Dunedin Wine and Art Walk, with more than 40 merchants offering art, wine tastings, food and live entertainment. Admission is $10. The event is 5:30-8:30 tonight at Pioneer Park at Main Street and Douglas Avenue.