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Suspicious package triggers lockdown at Tarpon Springs High School


Package causes lockdown at high school

Police closed a section of Gulf Road and Tarpon Springs High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday over concerns about a suspicious-looking package delivered to the school. The Tampa Bay Regional Bomb Squad was called to investigate and determined that the package was safe, according to the Tarpon Springs Police Department. Fears had arisen in part because the package, which was delivered in the mail, had no visible return address, police said. But also, when the package was partly opened by the school's front office staff, they saw newspaper, duct tape and twine. The package was placed in Gulf Road as a precaution by a school administrator, who also called police. Once authorities determined the package wasn't dangerous, it was opened. Inside was a gold trophy with the name of an office staff employee. There was no letter or other identifying information with the package, which had been rewrapped by the postal service before it was delivered to the school, police said. The school was taken off lockdown about 12:30 p.m.


Spring Fling Camp to be held for kids

Dunedin's Parks & Recreation Department will host Spring Fling Camp for children ages 5 to 12 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Monday through Thursday, March 25-28. Camp activities include arts and crafts, indoor games, kickball, archery, trail blazing and more. Regular camp hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and cost is $70. Extra recreation is available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. for an additional $20. Each day, campers should bring a nonperishable bag lunch and water bottle and wear closed-toe shoes. For more information, call the Recreation Center at (727) 738-2920.

Train as a lifeguard over spring break

Dunedin Highlander Pool is offering lifeguard training during spring break next week. Training, open to people ages 15 and up, will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, March 25-28. All participants must attend the pre-course swim test at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Highlander Pool. Upon completion of the course, participants will be certified in lifeguard training, first aid and CPR/AED. Cost is $255. Sign up at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. For more information or to volunteer, contact Alicia Castricone at (727) 298-3265 or


Low-interest loans for house repairs

Residents of Pinellas County can take advantage of low-interest loans for house repairs. To find out if you qualify, call (727) 442-4155.

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