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North Pinellas news briefs for March 5

About to float down Dunedin’s streets Alice Medeiros, left, of Dunedin shows her great-grandchildren 1-year-old Maria Jennings and 3-year-old Landon Jennings a pirate ship float, which was being prepared as the Great Bay Distributors’ entry in the Big Mamma’s Cajun Carnivale parade on Tuesday in downtown Dunedin. The Dunedin Mardi Gras event’s street party and parade featured colorful floats, local celebrities, beads and plenty of beer, wine and food for sale. Reginald Roundtree, news anchor for WTSP-Ch. 10, served as this year’s grand marshal. A free concert kicked off the event.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

About to float down Dunedin’s streets Alice Medeiros, left, of Dunedin shows her great-grandchildren 1-year-old Maria Jennings and 3-year-old Landon Jennings a pirate ship float, which was being prepared as the Great Bay Distributors’ entry in the Big Mamma’s Cajun Carnivale parade on Tuesday in downtown Dunedin. The Dunedin Mardi Gras event’s street party and parade featured colorful floats, local celebrities, beads and plenty of beer, wine and food for sale. Reginald Roundtree, news anchor for WTSP-Ch. 10, served as this year’s grand marshal. A free concert kicked off the event.

Dunedin

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 DunedinGov.com 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 dunedingov.com/library 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.

Clearwater

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 myclearwater.com/agingwell.

Countywide

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

Belleair

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 www.sundaysinbelleair.com for tickets or information.

North Pinellas news briefs for March 5 03/04/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:46pm]
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