Sunday, April 22, 2018
News Roundup

Swiftmud governing board lifts watering restrictions


Rains allow Swiftmud to ease watering restrictions

Thanks to recent rains, the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board voted Tuesday to allow the Phase III Extreme Water Shortage Order and the Phase I Moderate Water Shortage Order to expire.

Beginning Thursday, residents of unincorporated Pinellas County will return to less stringent year-round conservation measures. Customers using potable, well, lake or pond water will be allowed to irrigate their lawns on two authorized watering days per week according to this schedule:

• Addresses ending in an even number may water on Thursday and Sunday.

• Addresses ending in an odd number may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday.

• Properties with mixed or no addresses may water on Tuesday and Friday

• Properties that are two acres or greater in size may water half on Thursday and Sunday and the remaining half on Wednesday and Saturday.

Lawns may not be watered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Those with new lawns must follow the schedule posted at utilities/water-restrict.htm.

Car washing, hand-watering of plants, pressure washing and operating fountains are no longer restricted.

Democratic club hosts schools, PSTA officials

The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will host Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael Grego and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller at its Aug. 8 meeting.

Grego will discuss the challenges and plans for the county's public schools. Miller will speak about PSTA's transportation assets and plans for the future.

The meeting will be held at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. It will start with a cash bar and social time at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 for $15. Reservations are required by calling Betty Morgenstein at (727) 360-3971.

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks male volunteers

With less than 50 days left of the 100 Men in 100 Days campaign, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County has successfully engaged 71 new Big Brothers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children who often reside in single-parent homes, live with a grandparent or relative caregiver or have incarcerated parents. 100 Men in 100 Days, created to recruit male volunteers for the abundance of boys on a waiting list, will end Sept. 8.

There are 194 children waiting to be matched with a mentor; 75 percent of them are boys.

Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles") ages 6 through 18, in Pinellas, Citrus and Hernando counties.

Call (727) 518-8860 or visit to learn more about the enrollment process and volunteering.


Back to school event to help kids of North Greenwood

The North Greenwood Community Coalition will hold its ninth annual Back to School Health and Wellness Event for the children of Clearwater's North Greenwood community from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the North Greenwood Aquatic Center, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Community churches and more than 20 local organizations have joined together for the event. The Turley Family Health Center and the Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center are contributing health professionals and supplies for blood pressure, weight, dental and eye checks. Immunizations also will be available for children. Backpacks containing school supplies will be distributed.

"We have a great core of over 100 volunteers who love to help children," said Sherry Van Hootegem, an organizer for the event. "And the volunteers are key to helping to make the event a success."

Tarpon Springs

Open house planned for SPC's Tarpon campus

The Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College will hold an open house from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday. All the information needed to apply and enroll in classes will be available. The Tarpon Springs campus is located at 600 Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs, just off U.S. 19.

Nia Vardalos book-signing raises $4,800 for charity

When My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos attended a June book-signing party in Tarpon Springs, guests paid $60 per ticket to eat, dance and hear the award-winning actor talk about the joys and trials of adoption, the subject of her new book.

Proceeds from the event, combined with book sales and donations, came to about $4,800. The money will be presented today to the Children's Home, a Tampa nonprofit that offers family services, including foster care and adoption. Children's Home CEO Irene Rickus said the money could help buy shoes, diapers, medicine or other things that kids need.

Demetra Tsavaris Lecourezo worked together with Greek-American organizations AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope to organize the event and raise the money.

Palm Harbor

Master Gardener plant clinic set for Wednesdays

The Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., will host a Master Gardener plant clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.

This workshop presents Pinellas County master gardeners who provide a weekly gardening help desk for the public. Bring your gardening questions and plant samples.

4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A man wearing nothing but a coat stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee before dawn Sunday and shot four people to death, according to police, who credited a customer with saving lives by wresting a weapon away from t...
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District softball schedules for Tampa Bay

District softball schedules for Tampa Bay

Class 9A-8 (higher seed hosts)Tuesday: No. 3 Alonso at No. 2 Palm Harbor University, 4; No. 4 Sarasota Riverview at No. 1 Newsome, 7Thursday: Final, 4 or 7 (depending on who hosts)Class 8A-4 at Strawberry Crest Tuesday: No. 1 Wharton vs. No. 4 Wiregr...
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Teen killed in crash remembered as

Teen killed in crash remembered as "always smiling and laughing"

WEEKI WACHEE — Seth Leathers was on his way to play basketball at his church when he was killed Wednesday in a car crash on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill, according to family friend Laurie Pike.Leathers, 16, was the passenger in a car driven by his friend G...
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Rays thoughts are with ex-teammate Danny Farquhar

Rays thoughts are with ex-teammate Danny Farquhar

Members of the Rays organization sent their thoughts and prayers to former teammate Danny Farquhar, who was hospitalized Saturday night in Chicago in stable but critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.Farqu...
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Baseball: Bulls edge Knights to even series

Baseball: Bulls edge Knights to even series

After a two-hour weather delay Saturday evening at USF, the remote local threat of lightning finally dissipated.The postseason intensity never did.For the second consecutive night, the UCF-USF baseball series delivered, this time with the Bulls (25-1...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Perspective: The Heartland to Headwaters Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition finds frustration and fear seeking a safe a path for wildlife across Interstate 4

Perspective: The Heartland to Headwaters Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition finds frustration and fear seeking a safe a path for wildlife across Interstate 4

The original Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition in 2012 was inspired by the how the Florida black bear roamed — and the space it needed to do so successfully. In 2010, expedition team member Joe Guthrie conducted research through the University of ...
Published: 04/22/18
Lightning-Devils: Grading Tampa Bay’s clinching 3-1 victory in Game 5

Lightning-Devils: Grading Tampa Bay’s clinching 3-1 victory in Game 5

TAMPA — Closers.That's what the Lightning looked like as it closed out the New Jersey Devils in five games with a 3-1 win Saturday.Nikita Kucherov's star power blazed again, the defense controlled the game and not even Jersey goaltend...
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Athletics’ Sean Manaea no-hits Red Sox

Athletics’ Sean Manaea no-hits Red Sox

OAKLAND, Calif. – Sean Manaea watched as Marcus Semien fired a ball from short to second baseman Jed Lowrie, turned around, and jumped into the arms of catcher Jonathan Lucroy. History was made at the Coliseum.Manaea no-hit the Red Sox on ...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Maple Leafs force Game 6 with Bruins

Maple Leafs force Game 6 with Bruins

BOSTON — Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored 1:19 apart in the second period, and then the Maple Leafs killed off a 5-on-3 and three more power plays in a row to beat the Bruins 4-3 in Game 5 on Saturday night and avoid playoff eliminatio...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

* Is it time to take the leap and believe this is the real Blake Snell? He talked a good game this spring and pitched well in his debut, but that rough second outing raised old doubts. But a good outing in Chicago and two dominant ones on the homesta...
Published: 04/21/18