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Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Hometown North Pinellas for Sept. 5

    Human Interest

    Eagle scout honored by Rep. Jolly: Mark Gauzens, of Boy Scout Troop 434, earned the Eagle Scout rank and was commended by U.S. Rep. David Jolly on Aug. 22. Gauzens earned the rank after completing more than 325 requirements, serving in leadership roles, doing community service projects, camping, hiking and …

    Mark Gauzens of Boy Scout Troop 434 was commended Aug. 22 by U.S. Rep. David Jolly.
  2. Boy with famous lemonade stand takes pitch to Dunedin Blue Jays game

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — T.J. Guerrero, the 12-year-old entrepreneur whose controversial lemonade stand recently made international headlines, will sell to spectators during the Dunedin Blue Jays' playoff game today and donate the proceeds to charity.

    T.J. Guerrero made international headlines after a Dunedin neighbor tried to shut down the 12-year-old’s lemonade stand.
  3. Middle school teacher accused of drunken driving, causing crash in Clearwater

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER

    Fitzgerald teacher charged with DUI

  4. Dunedin boy with lemonade stand reaps windfall; neighbor under city review

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — T.J. Guerrero has gained international attention this week because of his lemonade stand. • Since a story about a neighbor's efforts to shut down the 12-year-old boy's venture ran in Sunday's Tampa Bay Times, T.J. has been given donations, treated to a limo ride and featured in news reports …

    T.J. Guerrero pours a cup of lemonade for a customer at his small stand in his Dunedin neighborhood.  [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  5. Controversial townhouses to add to Oldsmar's residential growth

    Real Estate

    OLDSMAR —When Nicole Wade moved into a new house on Cypress Bend 14 years ago with her husband and children, a large swath of green space lay beyond their back yard, just outside the confines of the Woods at Forest Lakes community.

    Work continues on the Tuscany Woods project in Oldsmar. Tuscany Woods, along with Hayes Park Village and Wellington Estates, is one of Oldsmar’s first signs of post-recession residential development, an official said. Together, the projects will give the city about 150 new housing units.
  6. Hometown North Pinellas for Aug. 29

    News

    David Graniero was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Daughters of Italy Lodge #2825 at its July meeting.

    The Clearwater Lady Bombers 12U team, which has played together for the past two years, won the National Softball Association 12U B World Series in June at the Eddie C. Moore complex. 
  7. Clearwater Beach lifeguards ramp up to accommodate increasing visitors

    Tourism

    CLEARWATER — Lifeguard supervisor Patrick Brafford scans the packed beach from Tower 3 at Clearwater Beach. About 15 feet offshore, a group of people are swimming with a small child. That makes Brafford nervous. There's no reason to take a child out that deep, Brafford thinks. A middle-age woman running toward …

    Lifeguard Brody Patrick, 18, of Indian Shores scans Clearwater Beach from tower No. 4 on Aug. 16. The destination has grown in popularity in recent years and the beach’s lifeguards are adjusting.
  8. North Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    DONATE School supplies: The Salvation Army, 1625 N Belcher Road, Clearwater, is accepting donations of new school supplies for children in need. Pencils, paper, three-ring binders, composition books, backpacks, glue sticks, crayons, colored pencils, erasers and rulers can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 …

  9. Tarpon Springs property tax rate expected to stay the same

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — Property owners can expect the city's tax rate to stay the same for the fifth consecutive year.

  10. Property tax increase proposed in Safety Harbor budget

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — The property tax rate would jump nearly 9 percent and construction on a long-anticipated waterfront park would finally begin under the budget proposed for next fiscal year.

  11. Video: Women steal lobster tails at Clearwater seafood market

    Crime

    Times staff

    CLEARWATER — Even the victim of the crime admits it: The thieves had good taste.

  12. Another road project on tap in Belleair Bluffs

    Roads

    We've heard about some big road project coming up in Belleair Bluffs. It seems like we just got through the interminable Belleair Beach Causeway replacement project. What's happening now and how long will it last?

  13. Rep. Zimmermann calls on Gov. Scott to help condo owners

    Real Estate

    DUNEDIN — Condominium owners at Madison Oaks in Palm Harbor could be the latest to lose their homes because of a 2007 loophole in state law.

  14. Pulitzer-winning play is a departure for Eight O'Clock Theatre

    Events

    LARGO

    Audiences have come to know and love Largo's Eight O'Clock Theatre for its splashy Broadway musicals, but change looms this time of year.

    Beverly Weston (Michael Mahoney) reaches for his wife Violet (Donna Donnelly) as she collapses in front of new housekeeper Johnna Monevata (Ana Benot-Reilly), right, in August: Osage County. The play focuses on the highly dysfunctional Weston family.
  15. Dunedin neighbor is sour on boy's lemonade stand (w/video)

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — It seemed like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting. T.J. Guerrero served cookies and strawberry Country Time at his lemonade stand with a wave and a smile.

    T.J. Guerrero, 12, sells a lemonade to a repeat customer, truck driver Dan Wright, who is working on a construction project nearby. “He’s willing to work,” Wright says.