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North Pinellas news briefs for Oct. 23


Walmart is hiring, sets up jobs center

Walmart will hire up to 95 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open this winter at Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road in Clearwater.

A temporary hiring center has opened at 300 S Duncan Ave., Suite 275.

Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interested applicants may also apply online at

Through Walmart's Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months. Interested veterans may find out more at walmartcareerswithamission . com.

According to store manager Sarah Parker, Walmart will be hiring both full- and part-time associates.

Welcome to land of thrilling sunsets

Clearwater is already the best beach town in Florida, according to a USA Today reader survey announced in January. Now the national newspaper's travel readers have bestowed another honor: Best Place to Watch a Sunset.

For the honor, announced last week, Clearwater beat out Leland, Mich., where sunset aficionados can watch the blazing orb dip into Lake Michigan.

But taking in the evening ritual from the sugar sand and lapping Gulf of Mexico waves on Clearwater Beach beats a lake, even one of the Great variety, readers decided.

For Mayor George Cretekos, the win represents another "weapon" for the city to deploy to keep tourists packing Clearwater Beach. But the mayor quibbled with the photo that the newspaper selected for the city. For starters, there's no sun. Just a yellowish tint to the clouds.

"It just wasn't what I considered a Clearwater Beach sunset," Cretekos said. "Leland had a beautiful photo. We had clouds, but no sun."

The photo, apparently taken from the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, does show some of the Beach Walk, plenty of palm trees and a wide expanse of white sand.

Cretekos, who lives on Sand Key, said he has posted sunset photos on his Facebook page that residents have told him were better than the USA Today shot.

But a win is a win, he said. And not just for Clearwater.

"It's a marketing tool that benefits not only the city, but all of Pinellas County," he said.

Fall book sale is here at Clearwater library

The Friends of the Clearwater Library's annual fall book sale will be held through Saturday at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave.

The sale kicks off today with a pre-sale event from 4 to 7 p.m., and the public will be asked to make a donation of $10. Thursday through Saturday, admission is free.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

For more information, call (727) 446-3845.


Tennis, track, flag football for youths

The city of Dunedin is beefing up its youth athletic offerings.

• High-ranked tennis professional Greg Reardon will teach youths how to improve racket skills and game strategy. Classes, which are already under way, will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for ages 6 to 11 and from 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Cost is $60 with a recreation card and $90 without.

• Dunedin has partnered with Safety Harbor, Largo and Palm Harbor to form a North City Track program for youths ages 5 to 15. Participants will focus on self-improvement and fitness conditioning as they train for local track meets. Practices start at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 and will be held each Wednesday through May 7 at Dunedin High School. Meets will be on Feb. 5, March 5, April 2 and May 7. Cost is $65 with a recreation card and $97 without.

• Several North Pinellas cities have also partnered on a youth flag football league that will teach both new and seasoned athletes ages 7 to 15 the rules and skills of the game. Cost is $75 with a recreation card and $112 without. Evaluations will be held Dec. 4 and 7, depending on age division. The season will run January through March. Games will be held Saturdays at Dunedin High School.

Call (727) 812-4530 for information.

Want to help clear out air potatoes?

The Friends of the Hammock Inc. needs volunteers to help pick up air potatoes from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 2 at Hammock Park, 1900 San Mateo Drive.

Volunteers should bring gloves, plastic bags and digging tools. They will be treated to a hot dog cookout after the event.

Call (727) 812-4530 for information.


Pet adoption fees drop during October

Embrace Fall with Dogtober specials at Pinellas County Animal Services. The shelter will have reduced adoption fees through the end of October.

During Dogtober, the adoption fee for adult dogs over 4 months of age and over 25 pounds is $25, reduced from $40. The adoption fee for dogs less than 4 months old or small breeds under 25 pounds is $75. Even cats are getting special prices during Dogtober with reduced adoption fees of $25.

The fee includes medical checkup, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control and microchipping. The required Pinellas County license is also provided.

The shelter is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. The shelter also will be bringing adoptable dogs to the following events:

• Saturday — Pit Bull Gear 7th Annual Pit Bull Awareness Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. held inside rodeo dome at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

• Nov. 9 — 6th Annual Dogtoberfest and Super Pet Adopt-a-Thon, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin.


Drop off electronics, chemicals for free

Residents of Oldsmar can get rid of electronic and chemical waste free at a mobile collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Home Depot parking lot at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Curlew Road.

Residents can bring electronic items such as cellphones, DVD players, televisions and microwave ovens, and chemicals such as fertilizers, fluorescent bulbs and paint.

On the list of unacceptable items are air-conditioning units, appliances, empty paint cans, explosives, fire extinguishers, garbage, propane tanks, medicine and tires.

To safely transport and drop off chemicals, do not mix them, keep them in their original containers if possible, and place leaky containers in clear plastic bags and put in newspaper-lined boxes. Transport the chemicals in a truck bed or trunk, away from passengers.

North Pinellas news briefs for Oct. 23 10/22/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 5:41pm]
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