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  1. Clearwater High drama teacher to go out after two decades of high notes



    Joy Roche never thought she would end up a drama teacher. ¶ She got a degree in English after switching from theater performance at Florida State. ¶ She made her way into the Pinellas County School District as a substitute for a drama and English teacher on maternity leave at Clearwater High …

    Clearwater High drama department head Joy Roche watches rehearsal for her final production at the school, Beauty and the Beast. She is retiring after 26 years. Her production of the Disney classic runs Wednesday through Sunday.
  2. North Pinellas Hometown


    MEDAL CEREMONY HONORS KOREAN WAR VETERANS: The Ambassador Medal for Peace, issued by South Korea, was awarded to 11 Korean War veterans in a ceremony at American Legion Post 7 in Clearwater on March 24.

    The Soccer Maniacs won the Girls’ Division Championship for the inaugural Champions Cup U12. 
  3. Businesses on transformed U.S. 19 in Clearwater push for better signs

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — For years, officials have acknowledged the need for new way-finding signs to guide drivers to destinations along the transformed U.S. 19 corridor through Clearwater. Traffic patterns there have dramatically changed with the road's transition to an elevated, limited-access highway.

    The center’s owners have asked for new signage for years.
  4. Tarpon Springs Housing Authority apartments to undergo renovations

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — The Tarpon Springs Housing Authority plans to utilize more than $13 million to completely renovate four complexes that are home to low-income residents 55 and older.

    The narrow hall in Donald Platz’s apartment leaves little room for his mobility scooter. He has lived at the Lemon Street complex for four years.
  5. Painful reminder that it's time for the stingray shuffle

    Public Safety

    They're more than a foot wide, love to burrow under the sand, and quickly lash their bony, serrated tails at any threats.

    Front- Edwin Wong, and his son Christopher Wong, center, both of Barrie Ontario, Canada, fish for Florida Pompano, Sunday in the surf off of Madeira Beach, just north of John's Pass. "We visit here each April for the great weather and fishing," said Edwin Wong. "A few days ago the pompano were hitting your line almost every time you cast," he said. Pompano can be found along the beaches and near passes during the spring months. "They put up a good fight,"said Christopher Wong.
  6. At this blood-alcohol level, no wonder officers say he was stumbling



    At this blood-alcohol level, no wonder stumbling is cited

  7. Daniel Ruth column: Don Draper doesn't set a good example for bosses


    If I was a business consultant, the first thing I might do is assemble anyone who manages anyone and show them several episodes of Mad Men.

  8. Among the places not to park: blocking a sidewalk


    Is it legal to park in such a way as to block a sidewalk, even if it is in your own driveway? I am a frequent walker and I encounter this all the time. There is seldom anyone in the car to complain to. I am able-bodied and can walk around (sometimes into the street is the only path around) but many folks are …

  9. Pinellas news briefs: Curlew Creek principal resigns abruptly


    PALM HARBOR — The longtime principal of Curlew Creek Elementary School has resigned suddenly, and there is no public explanation as to why.

    A kayaker relaxes off Dunedin Causeway taking in the setting sun.
  10. Tribute show charms fans longer than the Beatles ever did

    Music & Concerts


    Remember when the Beatles wanted to hold your hand? These days you're more likely to be holding the hands of your grandkids, but you can still turn back the time machine with a little help from your friends.

    Musicians of the Beatles coverband "Rain" perform on stage of the Admiralspalast during a rehearsal on April 13, 2010 in Berlin. The band will present its show "Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles" from April 13 to 18 in the German capital.     AFP PHOTO    DDP/MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK    GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/AFP/Getty Images)
  11. Big properties hold big opportunities in North Pinellas

    Real Estate

    STORY BY Keyonna Summers | PHOTOS BY JIM DAMASKE | Times staff

    Sears, 2130 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater.
  12. Vision for Clearwater veterans memorial to become a reality



    The city of Largo has a dignified-looking veterans memorial in one of its parks. So does Dunedin. The same goes for Oldsmar. But up until now, a veterans memorial in Clearwater's Crest Lake Park has existed only as a idea in an artist's rendering.

    A  rendering shows a memorial the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance intends to build in Clearwater. 
  13. Construction creates havoc on Bay Pines Boulevard


    The Doc's mailbox has filled up lately with letters from readers expressing varying degrees of dismay regarding the explosion of construction along Bay Pines Boulevard near the Bay Pines/C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. The most recent construction of a Dunkin' Donuts on the northeast corner of Bay Pines Boulevard and …

  14. Dan Ruth: Backyard gun ranges come before common sense


    A few days ago, Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch proposed drafting a county ordinance that would ban people from building backyard gun ranges.

    Insert a "Duh!" anywhere you want here.

  15. Pinellas news briefs


    GREEN FESTIVAL: Safety Harbor will be holding its Green Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Marina Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. This is an interactive event where people can learn how to live healthier and more sustainable lives. The event offers a wide selection of plants, eco-friendly home …