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Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Family Stone takes Friday Blast higher


    CLEARWATER — Drummer Greg Errico remembered the rainy night in 1969 when Sly and the Family Stone performed at Woodstock.

    The Family Stone, featuring members of Sly and the Family Stone — Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson and Greg Errico — will perform at Blast Friday in downtown Clearwater tonight.
  2. Dunedin: New zoning equals renewed interest in ex-Nielsen site


    DUNEDIN — Interest in the long-vacant former Nielsen Media Research campus is picking up.

    The Nielsen property at 375 Patricia Ave. in Dunedin has been empty since 2005, when Nielsen relocated to Oldsmar.
  3. Kayaking classes among new initiatives at Clearwater parks



    It took 15 minutes for Bill Harris to get hooked.

    New kayakers try out an assortment of vessels — sit-on-top, sit-in, single and double kayaks — and receive instruction on how to use them on a recent Saturday at Cliff Stephens Park in Clearwater.
  4. Clearwater launches plan to revive downtown

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Downtown Clearwater doesn't have a Jeff Vinik like Tampa has, or a Bill Edwards like St. Petersburg has. There's no multimillionaire white knight who's looking to invest tens of millions downtown.

    One suggestion from the Urban Land Institute is to make Clearwater a major boating center by capitalizing on the Clearwater Harbor Marina, above, and other facilities.
  5. Dunedin to celebrate diversity on Valentine's Day



    set a valentine's date for NUPTIALS AND VOW RENEWALS

    A pair of pelicans occupies a piling at the Clearwater Beach Marina while fog was slow to burn off over Clearwater Thursday morning 01/15/15.
  6. Ruth: Suicide prevention nets logical addition to Sunshine Skyway


    It is one of the oldest public safety axioms: That if doing X, Y or Z will save but only one life, just one, then whatever the proposal, it is still worth the cost and effort to implement.

  7. Pinellas news briefs


    TAKE A STEP to FIGHT HUNGER: Join walkers for Church World Service's Pinellas CROP Walk on Feb. 22. Money raised and food collected from the walk help to fill a gap by providing food to two local food pantries, Daystar Life Center and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. at First …

  8. East Lake's basketball coach crafts his own identity



    East Lake boys basketball coach Joe Bloznalis, who was battling Stage 3 lung cancer, announced four months ago that he was stepping down after 19 seasons.

    East Lake varsity basketball coach Britt Taylor, center, joins the team in celebrating a 3-pointer during the Jan. 9 game against Seminole High. The Eagles have already wrapped up the No. 2 seed in next week’s Class 7A, District 9 tournament.
  9. Work at Ulmerton and Roosevelt lengthy, but on schedule

    Public Safety

    I have not seen much progress on the improvement at Ulmerton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard. The construction has made a nightmare of all cross traffic and turning traffic and is not getting better. The traffic lights on 34th Street at Ulmerton are extremely long during morning hours and the eastbound turns from …

  10. Hometown North Pinellas


    SILKSCREEN ART: Belleair Towers, a senior living community in Clearwater, hosted an exhibition of visual artist Ginny Davis Baggett. She has brought her love of silkscreens in a weeklong art exhibit, "40-Year Retrospective of Silksreen Making."

    Silkscreen artist Ginny Davis Baggett displayed her botanical-inspired work at the Belleair Towers.
  11. Attempt at singing turns criminal



    Broken Microphone ends in arrest

    An intoxicated man who wanted to sing was arrested on charges that he broke a microphone at a bar, police said.

  12. Palm Harbor U. basketball player is putting up points


    There are two words most basketball players want to hear from their coach: Green light.

    Chardonay Aldrich has hit 52 percent of her
  13. New East Lake subdivision draws neighbors' ire

    Local Government

    EAST LAKE — The latest subdivision to come to this corner of Florida's most densely populated county is slated to feature 17 million-dollar homes.

  14. Hometown North Pinellas


    EIGHTH-GRADE VOLUNTEERS: Jan. 5 was the last day for most students' holiday break. The eighth-grade class at Guardian Angels Catholic School in Clearwater went on its annual road trip to St. Rita's Parish in Dade City to help migrant workers and their families. The cars were packed with blankets, mittens, hats, …

    Blake Taylor and Alexandra Burch (in sweatshirts) brought donated goods to migrant camps.
  15. Pinellas proposes spending $1 million to improve behavior at five schools


    LARGO — Pinellas County school officials want to spend $1 million to teach classroom management techniques to teachers and administrators at struggling St. Petersburg elementary schools.