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  1. St. Petersburg museum sees the art in aluminum

    Human Interest

    Earlier this year, Polish artist Piotr Janowski decided to wrap his rental home and several trees in aluminum foil as part of his first outdoor art project.

    Artist Piotr Janowski works with University of South Florida fine arts student Amra Causevic to apply foil to one of four palms in front of the Museum Of Fine Arts in St Petersburg. Janowski is preparing for his art installation, called "Curiosity" outside of the museum where he will install contemporary sculptures that symbolize ears to a total of eight palm trees around the museum. The installation will open Dec. 3 and will remain until Feb. 14. Janowski gained international media coverage in the summer of 2015 when he created a large-scale installation at his rented home in Tarpon Springs. Janowski wrapped his home, driveway, and palm trees in foil. "My goal is to create awareness about solar energy and I am working now on sculptures that produce solar energy themselves."  [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  2. Winter fun, Florida style: Holiday Lights at the Florida Botanical Gardens


    Along with a variety of entertainment each night, Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with kids through Dec. 23.

    Two hearts in the wedding garden are part of the holiday display. It’s the garden’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
  3. Daniel Ruth: Eternal U.S. 19 project unfair to merchants


    There's hell. And then there is U.S. 19, where all hope really is lost.

  4. New building will attract research and talent to All Children's, officials say


    ST. PETERSBURG — All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine is moving forward with plans to transform a parking lot into an $85 million research and education building.

    The 225,000-square-foot building, expected to open in 2018, will house a 250-seat auditorium and state-of-the-art labs.
  5. Pinellas news briefs


    OPERATION TWINKLE: Dunedin is holding its annual holiday food drive Operation Twinkle through Dec. 18. Drop off nonperishable food items, gift cards or toys in the lobby of City Hall, 542 Main St.; Solid Waste, 1070 Virginia St.; the library, 223 Douglas Ave.; or the Planning and Development Department at …

  6. Portions of Pinellas Trail to be closed for construction


    A long-term project on the Pinellas Trail is under way and could affect travel on the 47-mile linear park. Through February, different sections within a 2-mile portion will be undergoing shoulder repairs and maintenance to further stabilize the trail's banks. Crews will close one section at a time and closure signs will …

  7. Unopposed, two Pinellas Park council members gain new terms


    PINELLAS PARK —Council members Rick Butler and Jerry Mullins were re-elected this week after filing unopposed to run in the March 15 election.

  8. Assistant state attorney files for Pinellas judgeship


    Assistant State Attorney Dora Komninos has twice been on Gov. Rick Scott's short list of potential appointees for open Pinellas judge seats. Now the prosecutor is running for one.

  9. Developer wins right to restore historic former YMCA in downtown St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — The battle over the sale of the historic former YMCA building is over and developer Nick Ekonomou, who bought it more than a year ago, is ready to begin restoration.

  10. Commission rules against St. Petersburg neighborhood in fight against affordable housing

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — They filled the seats in the City Hall chamber, uniting to have their say about a nearby affordable housing project.

  11. Pinellas County trackers: Sea turtle nesting season a success


    It was a good year for Pinellas County sea turtles.

    After two years of treatment and rehabilitation at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Ozzy, a 130-pound (sub-adult) female loggerhead sea turtle, is returned to the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday (9/9/15) at Clearwater Beach. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  12. On the town with Katherine Snow Smith

    Human Interest


    A diverse crowd of more than 200 people shared three collective experiences at the Museum of Fine Arts for the induction of Helen Pruitt Wallace as St. Petersburg's new poet laureate. Guests all said goodbye to a beloved home with its creaking doors and memories, shuddered at the constantly …

    Left to Right: Melissa Rutland, St. Petersburg, board member of the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, talks with former St. Petersburg Mayor Bob Ulrich and his wife Barbara, St. Petersburg, prior to the 14th annual YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, 11/17/15, at the Coliseum Ballroom.
  13. Uneven pavement on Gulf Boulevard should smooth out when project's done


    I read your recent article regarding the construction on Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach. As a resident of SPB who travels the length of Gulf Boulevard daily, I was happy to hear about the transition to night-time road construction/paving. But I wonder if anyone else has commented on the terrible paving job. There …

  14. Authorities: Man drank Coors Light while stopped in traffic next to deputy



    DUI charge follows sip taken in traffic

    A deputy stopped in traffic Nov. 20 looked at the car next to him and saw the driver sip from a 12-ounce bottle of Coors Light, according to an arrest report.

  15. Free rides a plenty in St. Pete's downtown, but so far, few takers


    ST. PETERSBURG — After a sluggish start, word is spreading about the city's ParkOnce program, which gives people a free shuttle ride to Beach Drive or Central Avenue on weekend nights if they park in one of two city garages.