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Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. 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.
  2. Vision for Clearwater veterans memorial to become a reality

    Veterans

    CLEARWATER

    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. 
  3. Construction creates havoc on Bay Pines Boulevard

    Roads

    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 …

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

    Columns

    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.

  5. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    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 …

  6. Interfaith groups form rotating shelter for homeless families

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several years ago, a local pastor tried to put together an interfaith coalition to offer homeless families temporary shelter at congregational facilities and help them find jobs and permanent housing.

    Volunteers John Colbert, left, and Mike Conrow set up a bed at Central Christian Church in St. Petersburg. The church is the first host in the local Family Promise program that will shelter homeless families.
  7. John Travolta to walk red carpet in Clearwater

    News

    Dunedin

    griggs named florida's firefighter of the year

  8. Hometown North Pinellas

    News

    PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES PRESENT CFY WITH CHECK: Just before the final 2015 spring training home game at Bright House Field on April 2, the Philadelphia Phillies donated $7,500 to Clearwater For Youth as a portion of their Spring Training fundraising auctions. CFY will use the donation to provide grants and …

    The $7,500 donated to Clearwater For Youth at Bright House Field in Clearwater on April 2 will provide grants and scholarships to local youths and youth programs.
  9. Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival gives Clearwater Beach new faces (w/video)

    Events

    CLEARWATER — Today marks the opening of the third annual Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, a 10-day gala showcasing large and intricate sand sculptures. Offerings include: sand sculpting competitions, classes and speed demonstrations; fireworks displays; beach concerts; and films; and nightly sunset festivals.

    Sand sculptor Karen Fralich, front, from Toronto creates a work for the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival’s Sand Walk Exhibit. In the background, Dean Arscott of St. Petersburg works on crafting his sculpture using the Sugar Sand Tales theme.
  10. Deputies: Man asks for work, sharpens machete when rejected

    Crime

    PINELLAS PARK

    Deputies: Man asks for work, sharpens machete when rejected

  11. Farce turns marital troubles into laughs

    Stage

    CLEARWATER

    A troubled marriage is no laughing matter, unless of course, it's the rib-tickler A Flea in Her Ear.

    Don Carlos Homenides de Histangua, played by Tim Rankin, is restrained by Dr. Finache, played by Kevin Laughlin, and Hotel D’Amour staff during rehearsals for Francis Wilson Playhouse’s production of A Flea in Her Ear.
  12. Hometown North Pinellas

    Briefs

    SCOTTISH AMERICAN SOCIETY HONORS DUNEDIN RESIDENT: Longtime Scottish American Society of Dunedin member and board member Dee Stultz was honored during a ceremony at the organization's annual Mince & Tatties Dinner on March 24 at the Scottish American Society Hall.

    Dee Stultz received a lifetime achievement award by the Scottish American Society of Dunedin. At right, Diane Burke.
  13. Volunteers sought for Clearwater's sugar sand festival; Safety Harbor commissioner can keep her job

    News

    Clearwater

    Sugar sand fest could use a hand

    Volunteers are needed for the third annual Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, which includes sculptures made from 1,000 tons of Clearwater's "sugar'' sand.

    Construction of Wall Springs Observation Tower, which replaces the tower destroyed by arson in September 2013, is well under way at the Palm Harbor park. Picnic shelters 3, 4 and 5, along with the entire west side of the park, are closed during construction. The small fishing pier on Boggy Bayou is also closed. 
  14. When is the music too loud in Clearwater Beach?

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Spring break crowds are still flocking to Clearwater Beach. Bands at beach bars are playing classic rock and reggae. And virtually no one there is happy with Clearwater's noise ordinance.

  15. Comic book artist returns to the store of his youth

    Human Interest

    PINELLAS PARK

    At first, Leonardo and Michelangelo were the inspiration for his art. No, not the Italian masters, the reptiles. One of Adam Riches' earliest childhood memories is studying the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic strip and then putting the characters into pictures of his own.

    Adam Riches designed a wrap-around cover that has the distinction of having the most characters ever on any single-issue comic book cover: 280 distinct characters.