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  1. Oldsmar BMX Supercross track: It's a race to the finish

    Local Government


    It's down to the wire for the city. The public grand opening of the renovated BMX Supercross track, one of only a handful of Olympic-level tracks in the country, will be in less than a week, and city workers as well as community volunteers are rushing to complete the finishing touches.

    The view from the top of the pro starting gate shows the BMX track in Oldsmar, which is nearing completion. The grand opening for the public is scheduled for Thursday, the day before the Gator Nationals start.
  2. YWCA honors 'Gems of the Community'

    Human Interest


    The YWCA of Tampa Bay honored several Tampa Bay area leaders at its "Pearls of Wisdom" fundraising luncheon, held in the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, which focuses on the organization's key initiatives: eliminating racism and empowering women.

  3. Treasure Island manager gets a raise

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — City Manager Reid Silverboard will receive a nearly 5 percent salary increase, boosting his annual pay to $120,259.

    Treasure Island City Manager Reid Silverboard’s raise is $5,451.
  4. Big names top Sunday's Hispanic Heritage Concert

    Human Interest


    It's a chance to brush off your dancing shoes, party with a steamy lineup of well-known Latino performers and help celebrate everything Latino. On Sunday, the city's annual Hispanic Heritage Concert, officially the Clearwater Fuccillo Kia Maxima Concierto de la Herencia Hispana, will be at Coachman …

    Gente de Zona’s members first came together in an urban area of Havana known as Alamar, the birthplace of Cuban hip-hop.
  5. Burglary suspect accused of trying to escape from Clearwater Police Department



    Burglary suspect accused of trying to escape from police department

  6. Fundraiser has Roaring 20s theme

    Human Interest

    "A Grande Gala for Flappers & Fellas," a Roaring '20s theme party to benefit Religious Community Services, takes place Saturday at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N, Clearwater. The evening features food, drink and entertainment. 6 p.m. VIP, $500 for two; 7 to 11 p.m. all others, $125. …

  7. Eckerd president blasts city over sewage study


    ST. PETERSBURG — In a strongly worded letter sent to Mayor Rick Kriseman, Eckerd College's president says an internal review of the city's wastewater system was a sham and needs to be revamped.

  8. BayCare's Urgent Care taking reservations


    To cut down on the time patients spend in waiting rooms, BayCare Urgent Care has started Save Your Spot. The program allows you to use your computer or other electronic device to reserve a time to go into an urgent care location and to receive updates on wait times via text or email.

  9. Family Promise facility finished in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Family Promise of Pinellas County, which helps homeless families gain economic independence, is celebrating the completion of its day center. The facility at 6201 22nd Ave. N was donated by Central Christian Church. It was renovated with community help, including Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas …

  10. St. Petersburg arts group gets new director

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mary Jane Park, a Tampa Bay Times editor and reporter, is the new executive director of the Warehouse Arts District Association.

  11. Hofbrauhaus a hit in early going in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Hungry, thirsty, excited and patient diners have been waiting three and four hours to eat at Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg during its first two weeks of business.

  12. Aldi and Thorntons scheduled to open on 34th Street in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Discount grocery store Aldi and Thorntons, a gas station with a high-end convenience store, are scheduled to open within a year at 1301 34th St. N, according to a developer buying the property.

  13. St. Pete Beach plans its first new gulf-front condo-hotel in more than a decade


    ST. PETE BEACH — The first totally new gulf-front condo-hotel to be built in the city in more than a decade is slated to replace the 1950s-era Plaza Beach Hotel.

    An architectural sketch shows plan for the exterior of the Allure Suites Hotel-Beachfront Resort in St. Pete Beach.
  14. Ruth: Can baseball work on a dump?


    In the interest of full disclosure, I am not an engineer, although my late father was, and he did most of his precise calculations with a slide rule. But I would like to think I inherited a bit of his common sense, which leads me to go out on a limb with this observation.

  15. Pinellas news briefs


    SCOTTISH AMERICAN SOCIETY ANNOUNCES ESSAY CONTEST: Seniors at Dunedin High School have the opportunity to vie for a $1,000 scholarship offered by the Scottish American Society of Dunedin. The essay is about the contributions of Robert Burns to Scottish heritage and culture. Dunedin High students have until Nov. 15 to …