deadline here to accept school Invitations
Parents who applied for Pinellas County schools' magnet, fundamental and career academy programs must log back into the district's Student Reservation System today and accept an invitation before midnight. If parents fail to do so, their applications will no longer be valid. Visit pcsb.org.
Dental services free for some kids
The Give Kids A Smile program will offer free dental screenings and cleanings Friday to eligible Pinellas County students in grades K-5. The visit will include two bitewing X-rays, cleaning, sealants and fluoride. Children who need further services, such as fillings, will be scheduled for follow-up treatment on March 15. The services will be offered at six sites, which can be found online at newsroom.pcsb.org/?p=11530.
Pinellas Amscots sell PSTA GO Cards
Pinellas County transit riders can now purchase Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority GO Cards at all 28 Pinellas Amscot locations, according to an announcement Tuesday by Jeff Danner, PSTA board chairman and St. Petersburg City Council member, and Deveron Gibbons, Amscot's vice president of public affairs and business development. The partnership will more than double the number of PSTA ticket outlets in the county.
Three arrested in robbery of clerk
Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested three people Tuesday in connection with a strong-armed robbery Monday night at Pit Stop Discount Wine at 2201 N Hercules Ave. At about 11:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Sheriff's Office, three suspects hid behind parked cars in the parking lot of the store. When the clerk came outside, he was ambushed and his keys, cellphone and laptop computer were taken. The suspects fled on foot but were tracked to a nearby neighborhood by a police canine unit. Deputies found all three hiding at an International House of Pancakes, authorities said. Arrested and charged with strong-armed robbery were Deandre Gray, 19, of Dunedin; Jacarius Hannah, 18, of Clearwater; and Avery Jamal Jones-Neal, 19, of Dunedin. All three were being held Tuesday in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail each.
Get taste of Italy at San Gennaro Festa
The 10th annual San Gennaro Festa, presented by LIADO — the Italian-American Women of Today, will be 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Reminiscent of the New York City Feast of San Gennaro, the family event opens with a traditional Procession of San Gennaro at noon Saturday and features Italian food, live entertainment (bring your own seating), local craftsmen, children's activities and games, street performers, grape stomping, bocce, meatball- and cannoli-eating contests and a fireworks display. Admission is $5 for adults; free for children 12 and younger. Call (727) 724-4045 or visit sangennarofesta.com.
A story Saturday incorrectly attributed information about plans for a Clearwater Wawa convenience store to attorney Ed Armstrong. That information was provided to the Times by the city.