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  1. St. Petersburg debuts solar-powered charging stations


    ST. PETERSBURG — The solar-powered charging stand at Crescent Lake Dog Park was getting plenty of energy Friday morning under a sun already hot enough that Mayor Rick Kriseman's brief remarks were accompanied by thirsty dogs slurping at a nearby water fountain.

    Dogs and their owners mill about near the solar-powered charging stand at Crescent Lake Dog Park on Friday. Five stations, capable of charging cellphones and tablets even on cloudy days, thanks to a battery, are now available, including at Vinoy Park, Lake Vista and Walter Fuller dog parks. The charging stations cost about $2,500 and were built by city workers from a design by St. Petersburg’s Sunsure.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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 …

  4. 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.

  5. Debutante programs should reflect diversity


    Recently, in a program sponsored by the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, I had the privilege of presenting 25 of our city's most accomplished young women as debutantes. It was a great honor that I will forever treasure, however, I hope that it looks a little different by the time my Nia takes …

    Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor, City of St. Petersburg, is pictured meeting with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Tuesday, 02/19/2013. [CHRIS ZUPPA   |   Times] 

  6. 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 …

  7. 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.
  8. New offerings in St. Petersburg: gourmet food to grilled cheese, Boho chic to high-end bongs


    ST. PETERSBURG — More than a dozen new businesses are open, or in the works, along four blocks of Central Avenue on the edge of downtown.

    A new business, Central Melt, will occupy the old Fountain and Restaurant space at 685 Central Ave. The restaurant will sell several kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches.
  9. Tablecloth project turns into lesson in community activism



    Inside the yellow-and-white house, Maria Saraceno and nine friends weave needle and thread through a 70-pound, pearl-covered tablecloth.

    Several times a month, for the past 10 years, Maria Saraceno, center, and her friends have met for two to three hours to sew a 70-pound, pearl-covered tablecloth. The women call themselves the pearls in honor of the project.
  10. Florida Orchestra Guild honors Bill Edwards

    Human Interest


    The Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg honored Bill Edwards with its 48th annual Golden Baton Award, presenting it to him at a dinner held in the Club at Treasure Island. The recognition is for persons who have made significant contributions to the orchestra's growth.

    From left, Beth Houghton, of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, with trivia contest winners Lynne and Nelson Steiner, Marcia and David Feaster, Cary and Deb Cash, and Janice and Covington Sharp at a clinic fundraiser.
  11. Former Times editor to lead St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership



    Downtown group gets new leader

    Former Tampa Bay Times editor Joni James is the new chief executive officer of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. James will replace Peter Betzer, who has served as CEO and president the past seven years. He will continue as the partnership's …

    Karen Fralich of Toronto works on her sand sculpture for the 2015 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival’s Sand Walk Exhibit, just south of Pier 60. In the background is sand sculptor Dean Arscott from St. Petersburg. The exhibit opens today and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to 17, and $7 for seniors. For more information, go to
  12. American Stage park gala features 'In the Heights'

    Human Interest

    Social datebook

    American Stage Theatre Company's annual Gala Under the Stars starts at 6 p.m. April 24 in Demens Landing Park, First Avenue at Bayshore Boulevard SE, St. Petersburg. The evening features dinner, auctions and the opening-night performance of In the Heights. Benefits the …

  13. Deputies: Man asks for work, sharpens machete when rejected



    Deputies: Man asks for work, sharpens machete when rejected

  14. South Pinellas Hometown


    FEMALE LEADERS RECOGNIZED AT SWAT MEETING: At the March meeting for SWAT Networking at the St. Petersburg Chapter, the nine professional women pictured above were recognized as new and returning members. SWAT, which stands for Successful Women Aligning Together, meets at seven locations around Manatee and …

    From left, City of Clearwater Parks and Recreation director Kevin Dunbar, St. Petersburg police Chief Anthony Holloway, and Clearwater for Youth executive director Hank Webb.
  15. One dead, another injured by fleeing driver in downtown St. Pete (w/video)

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city's lively downtown entertainment scene turned deadly early Saturday morning when a driver fleeing police ran two red lights and plowed into two pedestrians as restaurants and bars were emptying for the night.

    The 2nd Street and Central Avenue crosswalk in downtown St. Petersburg where people mourning the death of Aaron Davis, who was killed by a drunk driver early Saturday morning, have set out a chef's apron to be signed in remembrence of Davis, a chef himself. [Alex Leary | Times]