Friday, March 23, 2018
News Roundup

North Pinellas news briefs for March 5


Edgewater Drive work being accelerated

City officials are working to reduce the closure of Edgewater Drive from four weeks to two by having their contractor double up on crews, work weekends and generally work faster on a $3.5 million stormwater drainage improvement project.

If rain doesn't delay work, the road could reopen as early as Sunday.

Meanwhile, the city has also responded to residents, merchants and Toronto Blue Jays officials' requests by stationing deputies and additional signs at various intersections to direct traffic, and adding temporary speed bumps or "no parking" signs to several residential streets.

Funds to speed up the construction were already built into the project's previously budgeted contingency fund.

Visit or call project manager Joe Goldbach at (727) 298-3186 for more information.

Library hosts tutor in SAT preparation

The Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., is hosting private tutoring sessions to prepare teens for the standardized SAT.

For two hours each Saturday starting at 2 p.m., tutor Amy Lucas will show students prep DVDs and administer practice drills.

The March 8, 15, 22 and 29 sessions focus on math. The April 5 and 12 sessions focus on critical reading.

The April 19 and 26 sessions focus on writing.

Visit or call (727) 298-3080 ext. 1732 for more information.

Socrates Cafe to meet for idea exchange

Enjoy a cup of joe, a tasty treat and stimulating conversation with open-minded people during the Dunedin Library's monthly Socrates Cafe meetings.

The gatherings, held 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month, aim to encourage a thoughtful exchange of philosophical views and personal perspectives on the human experience.

For more information, call the library, 223 Douglas Ave., at (727) 298-3080.


Free program helps with diabetes prevention

The Clearwater Aging Well Center at 1501 N Belcher Road will host a yearlong diabetes prevention series sponsored by the Suncoast YMCA with additional support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, the National Council on Aging and the Baycare hospital network.

Anyone who has a family history of diabetes, a diagnosed prediabetic condition, or any other diabetes risk factors is eligible to attend the free program, which will include how to make lifestyle changes to improve overall health and reduce the risks of developing the disease.

Titled "Big Rewards, Small Steps," the classes begin March 25 and meet Tuesdays for 16 weeks, followed by monthly follow-ups for the balance of the year.

At 9 a.m. on March 12, the center will hold a seminar on diabetes prevention led by Dr. Cynthia Miller, which will include information on the YMCA program. Interested individuals will have the opportunity to sign up for the YMCA program at the seminar.

Additional information and sign-ups should be through the YMCA. Call Summer Dodge at (727) 772-9622. For additional Aging Well Center program information, call (727) 724-3070 or visit


Elections supervisors to award scholarships for state college

The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, composed of the 67 county supervisors, will award three $1,200 scholarships this year to college juniors and seniors majoring in political science, public administration or business administration, journalism or mass communications at an accredited Florida college.

Applications need to be submitted in the county where the student is registered to vote.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. March 17.

Visit or call the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office at (727) 464-6108.


Beatles tribute band to play the hits Sunday

Beatlemania Magic, a national Beatles tribute band, will return to Belleair for an outdoor concert from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Dimmitt Community Center, 918 Osceola Road.

The band mirrors the look and sound of the Beatles and performs the Beatles' hits. The band was in Belleair two years ago for a successful show.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the gate. Ticket sales are limited, so you are advised to purchase them soon. Call (727) 518-3728 or visit for tickets or information.


Land O’Lakes pitches, hits way to Farm Bureau Classic championship

BROOKSVILLE — The game plan for Land O'Lakes is pretty simple. The Gators rely on their pitching and defense, and hope they can score enough runs to win.That strategy worked during the Farm Bureau Classic this week, especially in the final agai...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
‘Death’ for cop-killer is a mistake. He gets life in prison.

‘Death’ for cop-killer is a mistake. He gets life in prison.

LARGO — The man who shot and killed Tarpon Springs police Officer Charles Kondek in 2014 will spend the rest of his life in prison.That was the sentence 12 jurors chose for Marco Antonio Parilla, Jr. on Friday after two weeks of testimony and four ho...
Updated: 19 minutes ago

High school scoreboard for March 23

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 2, Crystal River 1
Updated: 30 minutes ago
Largo officer shoots, kills motorist who drove at him, police say

Largo officer shoots, kills motorist who drove at him, police say

LARGO — One man was dead and an officer was left injured on Friday night in what police officials called a "violent, explosive situation."The episode started just before 6 p.m. Largo police Officer Matthew Steiner pulled over a black Nissan sedan at ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
USF’s McClanahan finally allows an earned run…and then some

USF’s McClanahan finally allows an earned run…and then some

TAMPA — One of the most improbable streaks in USF baseball history was snapped Friday evening.Or more specifically, crushed.Bulls left-handed ace Shane McClanahan, who hadn't allowed an earned run in 31 2/3 innings this season, got a rude retur...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Jon Cooper and John Tortorella: A tale of Lightning contrasts

Jon Cooper and John Tortorella: A tale of Lightning contrasts

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he has met John Tortorella only a few times.But Cooper has learned plenty about Tortorella from players on the latter's 2004 Stanley Cup-winning Lightning team, including Vinny Lecavalier and  Marty St. Louis.So w...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Scott signs 70 bills into law

Scott signs 70 bills into law

Gov. Rick Scott signed more than 70 bills into law on Friday, including one that would limit child marriages, another that aims to fix Pinellas County’s troubled construction licensing board and still another asking Congress to make daylight saving t...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Hillsborough School Board candidates address security, budget crisis, a possible tax referendum

Hillsborough School Board candidates address security, budget crisis, a possible tax referendum

TAMPA — Asked to choose between money for school safety or teacher pay, six of eight candidates for the Hillsborough County School Board said Friday that safety was more important.But some said it was a false choice. Stacy Hahn — one of the two who c...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Sheriff: 17-year-old arrested in Central High School bomb threats

Sheriff: 17-year-old arrested in Central High School bomb threats

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced the arrest Friday of a 17-year-old who he said was responsible for six bomb threats made this week at Central High School.Central High student Mizella M. Robinson faces multiple charges, Nienhuis s...
Updated: 5 hours ago

St. Petersburg police warn of man in white sedan impersonating officer

ST. PETERSBURG — Police warned the public to be on the alert for a man they said impersonated a police officer.The impersonator was driving a white, police-style sedan who pulled over a driver on Thursday that night, according to St. Petersburg polic...
Updated: 5 hours ago