Union drops bid to organize city workers
A national labor union has abandoned efforts to organize Dunedin employees. Until last week, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which spent several months soliciting potential members, was planning a late August election in which Dunedin employees would vote on whether to create a local union. However, in a letter sent to employees Friday, AFSCME said it had canceled the election after it became "clear that we do not have the momentum necessary to build a strong union at this time." AFSCME said it will continue to monitor the city's actions and might attempt to organize a union in the future.
Sunset Beach concert tonight
The city's Recreation Department will present its monthly Sunset Beach Concert Series at 7 tonight at Sunset Beach, 214 Shore Drive. The Charlie Morris Band will perform. Refreshments are available for purchase. No pets or alcohol allowed. Bring your own seating. A courtesy shuttle will be available at Tarpon Springs High School at 6 p.m.
Funds for home repairs available
Funding is available for qualified homeowners living in the unincorporated areas of Pinellas County who need assistance with housing repairs. Call Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services at (727) 442-4155 to qualify for one of the partnership programs.
New Facebook page for police
The Clearwater Police Department has launched a new Facebook page. The page will include information about crime trends, crime prevention tips, arrests and upcoming events. It also will answer law enforcement-related questions from citizens. "More people are communicating through social media, and we want to be a part of the conversation," said police Chief Tony Holloway. The page is at facebook.com/ClearwaterPolice. Citizens should not use Facebook to generate a police response. For emergencies, always call 911. For non-emergencies, call (727) 562-4242.
Volunteers needed for cancer event
Miles for Hope is calling for sponsors and vendors for its fourth annual Moving Towards A Cure, an event to raise funds for brain tumor research. It will be held Sept. 24 at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. It includes a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile fun run and a cycling 100m, 100K, 50K or 25K. For information, call Stefanie Macaluso, (727) 781-4673 or visit BrainTumorEvents.com/Clearwater.
Library collecting women's items
The Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N, wants to encourage you to drop off your gently used women's clothing and accessories for their Women's Clothing Swap. The program will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 30. Items can be dropped off during library hours. All unclaimed clothing will be donated to charity. For information, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112.