Six of seven candidates hit filing deadline
It came down to the wire, but every candidate in the upcoming Clearwater City Council races managed to qualify for the election except for one. Don Ward II, a 26-year-old South Clearwater resident who had planned to run for Seat 4, was unable to collect the required 250 signatures of registered Clearwater voters in time for the qualifying deadline Friday. Ward says he works two jobs and attends classes, so he ran out of time. That leaves a field of six candidates running for two seats. Wayne Carothers, Bill Jonson, Joe Paige and Herb Quintero are seeking Seat 4, while Paul Gibson and Mike Riordon are running for Seat 5. The election is set for March 9.
Radio show deals with LGBT issues
Robin Hankins hosts AsIAm, a weekly radio program at 3 p.m. Thursdays on TanTalk Radio, 1340 AM, that features interviews with local and national authors, activists and celebrities discussing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Listen live Dec. 31 when the show will interview religious leaders with various levels of understanding and acceptance, including those who oppose equality for the LGBT community. The call-in line is (727) 441-3000. Listen online at asiam.fm.
Museum seeking 1960s artifacts
The Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History, 329 South Bayshore Blvd., is planning a new exhibit to begin Feb. 1 entitled "Shaking Up the 60s." It will include items pertaining to the late President John F. Kennedy, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and desegregation, Star Trek, the moon landing, the Beatles, Woodstock and more. Anyone with items from the 1960s is being asked to consider loaning them to the museum for three months to create this exhibit. Contact director of exhibits Ron Fekete or Bobbie Davidson at (727) 726-1668.
Bird counters still needed for census
Volunteers are needed for the annual Christmas Bird Count in the North Pinellas area Sunday. No experience is necessary. Find out how you can help in this yearly nationwide bird census and be part of a tradition more than a century old. The count takes place within "Count Circles," which focus on specific geographical areas. Each circle is led by a count compiler. Therefore, if you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. For more information, contact Marianne Korosy at (727) 772-7584 or visit audubon.org/bird/cbc.