Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Guest column: Voting lets us touch the future


    During our July 4th Honor America Celebration in Tallahassee, where I was a Kiwanis Club volunteer, 18 of our neighbors took an oath to become naturalized U.S. citizens. It was such an emotional event, with tears of joy and hugs of accomplishment from family members, friends and complete strangers.

    Jack Levine
  2. Hometown North Pinellas for Aug. 1, 2014


    LADY BOMBERS ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS: The Clearwater Lady Bombers "00" Fast Pitch softball team took home the 2014 USSSA ESPN World Series Championship title at the July 19 game played at the ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports Center in Orlando. The team comprised of 13 local girls have been playing together for the …

    The Clearwater Lady Bombers “00” Fast Pitch softball team took home the 2014 USSSA ESPN World Series Championship title in July at the ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports Center in Orlando. Pictured, front row from left: Kendyl Crean and Anna Dumovich; middle row, from left, Jenna Wojnar, Jane Wickett, Bayley Williams, Athena Andrews, Mia Merson, Lauren Jarnagin and Coach Bryan Williams; back row, from left, coach Tom Sladden, Morgan Dansby, Gillian Sladden, coach Tim Zweig, Natalie Zweig, coach Jason Jarnagin and Devyn Howard.
  3. Stormwater hike, once-weekly trash proposed in 2015 Dunedin budget

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Residents can expect to pay the same property tax rate under the budget proposed for next fiscal year, but they will likely see a bump in their stormwater bills.

  4. Church of the Bayou members serve the community as a family


    TARPON SPRINGS — On a recent Tuesday, Church on the Bayou Presbyterian Church was bustling with activity.

    From left, the Rev. Kathleen Dain, Susan Conrad and Tee Fonseca prepare buckets of cleaning supplies for the Church on the Bayou Presbyterian Church to distribute in emergencies.
  5. Pinellas police blotter: Serial burglar done in by his stomach

    Bizarre News

    Crumbs, DNA left behind after appetite is fed

  6. Surface design art on display at Clearwater Main Library


    CLEARWATER — Of all the art exhibits going on in the Tampa Bay area this summer, this one is certainly the sweetest.

    Six Whimsey Lane (on the Fourth of July) is one collaborative house quilt by Brenda Schlechter, 65, who creates quilts from bright fabrics.
  7. General Electric breaks ground on new Clearwater manufacturing center


    JIM DAMASKE | Times

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, is joined Thursday by, from left, General Electric energy management president and CEO Mark Begor, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche and state Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, at a groundbreaking for the company's new …

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott (middle) gives instructions on the proper groundbreaking form flanked by (L to R:) Mark Begor, President and CEO of G.E. Energy Management, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, Scott, Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche and State Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, during the groundbreaking ceremony for GE Energy Management’s Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Clearwater Thursday 7/24/14. The ceremony was held inside out of the rain and box of dirt was used for the occassion. The expansion will create 250 new jobs in Pinellas County.
  8. Arty mannequins to strike a pose for AIDS research

    Human Interest

    SAFETY HARBOR — In a little, old-style barbershop, artist and barber Brian Feist daubs oil pastels on a female fiberglass torso. A montage of Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea and a blazing sunset emerges.

    Heather Richardson adds colored tiles to her Dude, part of the Outdoor Arts Foundation’s new project. In a first, the foundation will set up a virtual gallery of all the terrific torsos.
  9. Frenchy's rooftop bar opening at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre


    CLEARWATER — When the renovated Capitol Theatre reopened for business last December, concertgoers were wowed by its acoustics, its lineup of shows, its state-of-the-art sound system, its wraparound exterior balcony and the cool bars in its lobby and mezzanine.

    Frenchy’s Rooftop Terrace, at the newly renovated Capitol Theatre, will offer drinks and free hors d’oeuvres on show nights.
  10. Senior Center of Clearwater will close in September

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The five friends gathered around the wooden table for their biweekly game of pinochle at the Senior Center of Clearwater. But before they could shuffle the first deck of cards, they received sad news from Robert Wittenberg, the executive director of Senior Citizens Services Inc.

    Senior Citizens Services Inc. will close its Senior Center of Clearwater at 1204 Rogers St. on Sept. 15. It will then move its administra­tive office to Prospect Towers. 
  11. Belleair explores cheaper drinking water alternatives

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — A rise in utility rates could be on tap for residents if town leaders can't figure out a safe, affordable way to keep drinking water clean.

  12. Tarpon Springs splash park offers free, safe family fun


    TARPON SPRINGS — Getting soaked, squirted or squealed upon was all part of a day's fun at the new splash park in Tarpon Springs.

    Trygg Savage, 3, left, and Liam Hartigan, 4, play in the new splash park at 508 Live Oak Street in Tarpon Springs. Greek- and maritime-themed features include a manatee and sponge diver. “A stingray sprayed water out of its mouth at me,” Trygg said.
  13. Klondike parent company closing North Pinellas ice cream factory, laying off 210


    PINELLAS PARK — The world's largest ice cream maker will close a plant here that pumps out frozen treats for Klondike, Good Humor and Popsicle, axing hundreds of jobs.

  14. Dunedin aims to create St. Petersburg-inspired arts district

    Local Government


    If city leaders get their way, Dunedin — home of Honeymoon Island, craft beer, baseball and many things Scottish — could soon add another identity: arts capital of Florida.

    Stained glass artist Dee Rodriques of Clearwater creates a mosaic on a steel and fiberglass sculpture at her Dunedin studio.
  15. Clearwater Beach parking garage approved despite opposition

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — A seven-story parking garage at the north end of Clearwater Beach's tourist district keeps moving closer to reality despite persistent opposition by an assortment of nearby residents.

    The proposed seven-story, 642-space parking garage, shown in this rendering, would be built at the Pelican Walk Plaza on Mandalay Avenue. Many spaces would be set aside for local workers.