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  1. Dunedin homes shine with holiday cheer for Dunedin Youth Guild's Holiday Tour of Homes

    Events

    DUNEDIN — Nine decorated Christmas trees glow throughout the 1966 vernacular home. Ten if you include the glitzy holiday tree freshly painted on a piece of plywood in the artist's studio.

    Red coral is featured in the Appler home, one of five in the Holiday Tour of Homes.
  2. Hometown North Pinellas

    News

    A prestigious band: Three high school seniors from Osceola Fundamental High School in Seminole were chosen to march in the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Andrew Regar, a trombone player and brass captain with the Osceola Warrior Pride Band marched and played with the other 185 …

    Safety Harbor Kiwanis students of the month for October at Safety Harbor Elementary School are Seaira Anderson, left, Sylwia Kwasny, right, with teacher Joleen Ross.
  3. Where to start in reviving downtown Clearwater?

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER

    The job of reviving downtown Clearwater is so big that it's hard to know where to start.

    In June, experts with the Urban Land Institute presented Clearwater with a large number of recommendations for its downtown.
  4. Pinellas Park, Lealman: Take EMS oversight away from County Commission

    Local Government

    The war between the cities and fire districts that provide emergency medical services and Pinellas County, which parcels out the money to pay for those services, stretches back to the beginning of the system in the 1980s.

    Pinellas Park City Council member Rick Butler wants to work on the proposal immediately.
  5. Florida Botanical Gardens lights up the holidays

    News

    LARGO

    With so much flora — both exotic and native — the Florida Botanical Gardens on any day is a sight to behold.

    The Holiday Lights in the Garden extravaganza kicks off at 5:30 p.m. today and continues through Dec. 31. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the Palm Garden for nightly entertainment, up until the big day, that is.
  6. Ruth: Penny-pinching, not light rail, killed Greenlight Pinellas

    News

    Whew! That's a relief. For a while it appeared the fine citizens of the county had rejected this month's Greenlight Pinellas referendum because voters would have rather eaten a plate of cold, withered green peas than agree to an expanded transportation system that included a light rail component.

  7. Dunedin crafting paid parking garage, on-street meter plan

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — An old adage says beauty is pain, but stylist Gregory Brady never envisioned that scenario for his patrons when he set up shop in this city's popular downtown.

  8. Police: Hotel burglar snags erectile dysfunction meds, ostomy bags

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Police: Hotel burglar snags erectile dysfunction meds, ostomy pouches

  9. Dunedin couple allowed to bring adopted son out of Congo

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — A Dunedin couple have succeeded in their fight to bring home their dying adopted son from the Democratic Republic of Congo, say advocates who have been assisting them.

    Andrea Stewart holds a recent photo of her adopted son, Cruz, who has a rare respiratory disease.
  10. Oldsmar sticks with red-light cameras

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — The City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to keep its red-light camera program despite the risk of lawsuits stemming from a recent court decision in South Florida involving American Traffic Solutions, the same vendor Oldsmar uses.

  11. CCC O-line takes size, experience into region finals

    Footballpreps

    Linemen are the heart of an offense. They are sometimes called the "big uglies" by coaches and fans. They have the thankless job of trying to create holes against other oversized defensive linemen so their running backs can gain yards and get the credit.

    Clearwater Central Catholic offensive lineman Billy Atterbury, center, talks with teammates at practice in August.
  12. Candyland is setting for this year's Festival of Trees

    Events

    CLEARWATER

    One sprite is soaking in a tub of hot cocoa, marshmallow bubbles and all, while another is diving head first into a pot of icing.

    Janice Birch decorates one of the UPARC Foundation’s Christmas trees on Tuesday in preparation for the Festival of Trees in Clearwater. The event, presented by AmeriLife, has become renowned as a holiday festival in a family-centered fantasyland.
  13. Tarpon Springs High band's trip to Macy's parade is subject of documentary

    K12

    TARPON SPRINGS — This is a band that's used to the spotlight. After all, Tarpon Springs has been to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, among other venues.

    Journey to the Macy’s Parade features Tarpon’s band, one of 11 high school and college bands invited to last year’s event.
  14. New Fenway owners face grilling from community

    Real Estate

    DUNEDIN — The new owners of the Fenway Hotel volunteered to sit down and answer questions, and members of the Edgewater Drive Advisory Committee had plenty.

    The Taoist Tai Chi Society seeks approval for a $14 million project to renovate the Fenway Hotel, its 5.2-acre waterfront property on Edgewater Drive in Dunedin.
  15. Intersections are a source of several questions

    Roads

    Can you tell me what kind of work is going on along 49th Street and about 30th Avenue N?

    Steven Smith