Peacocks are once again rampaging through the northern part of Pinellas Park, prompting officials to hire a trapper to remove the birds. City officials earlier this month hired Vernon Yates' Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation to trap, tranquilize and remove "nuisance peacocks" in the area around Helen Howarth Park, 6301 94th Ave. N and 99th Circle. Yates will be paid $150 per bird. The city twice hired a trapper last year to rid that area of the noisy birds after equestrians and walkers complained the birds were startling people and terrorizing horses.
donate SCHOOL SUPPLIES WITH STUFF THE BUS CAMPAIGN
The "Stuff the Bus Campaign," a school supply drive for low-income students, continues over the next two weeks with collections at three locations. Organizers are asking the public to donate gender-neutral backpacks, pens and pencils, crayons, binders, folders, rulers, erasers and more. Donations accepted through Thursday at the Learning Experience in Palm Harbor, 34330 U.S. 19 N. Other collections will take place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road, and from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Carillon Park, 300 Main St. in St. Petersburg. The campaign is sponsored by the Pinellas Education Foundation, the Pinellas County Council PTA, Pinellas County schools and businesses.
New ed degree at SPC
A new college degree program designed to steer graduates to teaching jobs in Pinellas County schools is holding an open house next week for potential students. High school graduates can learn more about the Elite Educator Program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Petersburg College's Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St. The event will be in the Ethics and Social Science Building (ES), Room 104. The four-year program leads to an elementary education degree from SPC and is a collaboration between the college and the school system. Graduates are assured a job in the school system along with financial incentives.
Food drive is booming
At the halfway point, a year-long food drive has surpassed its goals. The goal of the Mayor's Canned Food Challenge, announced at the beginning of this year by Mayor Leslie Waters, was to collect 18,739 cans of food representing one can for every resident of Seminole. The drive has almost doubled that.
"From zero to 32,831 food items calculated this year. This is just overwhelming," Waters said.
In addition to the food, the Interfaith Food Pantry has also received about $4,325 in donations.
The drive will continue to the end of the year as planned. Dropoff locations: Seminole City Hall, 9199 113th St. N; City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, during the 2014 Fall Music in the Park concerts (one can equals one free bag of popcorn); Seminole Chamber of Commerce, 7985 113th St. N; Seminole Gardens Apartments, 8275 113th St. N; Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, 8505 113th St. N; St. Petersburg College, Seminole campus Student Center, UP192, 9200 113th St. N; Freedom Square, 7800 Liberty Lane; Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd.; the American Woman Fitness Center, 9699 Bay Pines Blvd.; and the Interfaith Food Pantry, 9530 Starkey Road.
Wine Shop on the move
The Wine Shop at 3161 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg is closing but merging operations with its other shop in Largo, which will soon relocate to 552 Clearwater-Largo Road. The store will have the same inventory in a bigger shop with an outdoor patio and wine bar. It is expanding its bar food menu with plans to host frequent tastings and dinners.
Il Ritorno raises funds
Downtown Italian restaurant Il Ritorno raised $5,750 through its six-course "Cuisine for a Cure" event June 22. All funds raised will be used locally to aid researchers, support groups serving patients and families and fund programs for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, the largest donor to help inflammatory bowel disease research outside the federal government.