Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

Turtle nesting on Florida's gulf coast begins, so dim the lights

Clearwater

turtle nesting begins, so dim those lights

Sea turtle nesting season begins Tuesday and ends Oct. 31. Because newly hatched turtles find their way to the sea by following the natural light reflected by the water, city ordinances determine specific lighting requirements for beach parking lots, streets and promenades. If you live near the beach, make sure you shut off or dim your lights at night. This precaution can reduce the amount of artificial light that reaches turtle nests and will help hatchlings reach the water safely. The Tampa Bay area averages about 120 nests each season, and each nest can contain an average of 100 to 110 eggs. If you're lucky enough to see a turtle nest on the beach, don't disturb it. If the nest is unmarked, pleas notify the Clearwater Marine Aquarium at (727) 441-1790.

'Willy Wonka' at Calvary Christian

Calvary Christian High School is launching its biggest musical this week as its production of Willy Wonka Junior runs Thursday and Friday nights. There are 32 students in the cast. The school hired a director and rented set design. The production, which is open to the public, will be at the school, 110 N McMullen-Booth Road. "We are so excited to bring this lighthearted, family-friendly production to the community," said Calvary Christian's fine arts director, Hazmin Flynt. Tickets are available online at www.cchs.us/arts. Tickets for opening night, at 7 p.m. Thursday, are $15 and include an array of desserts. The final performance will be a dinner theater format at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets for that show are $20 and include dinner.

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Teens sought for Humane Society

The Humane Society of Pinellas is recruiting volunteers ages 16 to 18 for the summer session. Opportunities are available in the cat and dog adoption areas and medical center. Volunteers must commit to working a standard schedule for the entire session, June 10 through Aug. 18. Interested teens should RSVP for one of two information sessions: 4:30 p.m. May 10, or 11 a.m. May 12 at the Humane Society, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater. For additional information and registration, call Bobbie Bauwin at (727) 797-7722, ext. 237, or email [email protected]

palm harbor

Community Center needs assistance

The Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St., is undergoing a renovation and is in need of companies and individuals to contribute materials and redecorating expertise. Needed items include office partitions, a couch, coffee table, office furnishings, artwork for walls, window treatments, fabric for re-covering 35 chairs, card tables, several kitchen appliances as well as financial donations. Receipts for tax purposes are available upon request. Before dropping off donations, please call (727) 771-6000.

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Trump threatens more China tariffs

Trump threatens more China tariffs

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports as the two nations move closer to a trade war.In response, China threatened what it called "comprehensive measure...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Police release video of car that killed woman, 58, in Tampa hit and run

Police release video of car that killed woman, 58, in Tampa hit and run

Times staffTAMPA — Police have identified Sally Ann McClellan Webb, 58, as the pedestrian killed when a vehicle ran into her Sunday night as she was crossing N Nebraska Ave at Linebaugh Ave.The collision occurred about 9:15 a.m. as the victim stepped...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
For starters: Rays at Astros, with Kiermaier back and an ace-high matchup

For starters: Rays at Astros, with Kiermaier back and an ace-high matchup

UPDATE, 4:49: Kiermaier is batting leadoff and playing center as expected, while Willy Adames is on the bench so Adeiny Hechavarria can play short in potentially a showcase for teams the Rays may hope to interest in a trade.Here is the Rays lineup:Ki...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Tech Data sending a record 700 employees to march in Pride Parade

Tech Data sending a record 700 employees to march in Pride Parade

Among the marching bands and twirlers at Saturday’s St. Pete Pride Parade, one major sponsor, Tech Data, is sending by far a record number of employees — more than 700 at last count — to march in Florida’s largest gay pride parade.The parade, which d...
Updated: 29 minutes ago

Port Richey council moves closer to minimum housing standards ordinance

PORT RICHEY — In a narrow vote, Port Richey took another step toward enacting an ordinance that will create minimum housing standards in the city. Port Richey City Council members approved in a split vote last week the first reading of an ordinance d...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Big Ten reaps recruiting bounty in Tampa Bay

Big Ten reaps recruiting bounty in Tampa Bay

Largo High defensive back Solomon Brown had plenty of college options with offers from 20 Division I-A schools. Still, the three-star recruit did not need to go through a prolonged process to figure out where he wanted to go.Two weeks ago, Brown comm...
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A valet at this South Tampa Publix will park your car as you shop

A valet at this South Tampa Publix will park your car as you shop

TAMPA — Publix shoppers in South Tampa who hate circling the lot for parking can now toss their keys to a valet.The Publix at Dale Mabry and Neptune started testing a free valet service last week that could expand to more stores. Spokesman Brian West...
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Zero Bucs players on NFL top 100 list for 2018

Zero Bucs players on NFL top 100 list for 2018

Just to preface this, the NFL Network's annual countdown of the league's top 100 players is a made-for-TV deal, good for summer offseason conversation but not carrying any huge amount of real significance.Having said that, it's worth noting that for ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Hernando County Animal Services searching for pet owners after Brooksville seizure

Hernando County Animal Services searching for pet owners after Brooksville seizure

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Animal Services is looking for the owners of dogs and cats that were seized from a Brooksville home last week.Animal Services, along with the Sheriff’s Office, removed 60 dogs and 23 cats from Carol Allard, 71, after...
Updated: 2 hours ago