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  1. Hometown Pinellas


    Clearwater resident turns 100 Gladys Falana of Clearwater will turn 100 on Monday. She celebrated last week. Falana was born and raised in Florida and had 11 kids and more than 100 grand and great-grandchildren. She birthed 11 kids and all are living but the oldest who died two years ago.  …

  2. Hometown Pinellas


    Kohl's donates to Johns Hopkins All Children's for healthy lifestyle program for at-risk teens …

  3. Hometown Pinellas


    Tarpon Springs music educator to be inducted into Bands of America Hall of Fame …

    Chapel-by-the-Sea is installing its eighth pastor and first female pastor in 36 years, Rev. Rhonda Blevins. (Photo courtesy Chapel-by-the-Sea).
  4. Hometown Pinellas


    St. Anthony's Hospital Earns National Award for Stroke Care  …

    From left, Tom Roman, Ele Fox, Claire Cousins, Deputy Kakalow, Tom DuLaney and Wanda Burnside. (Photo courtesy Ele Fox).
  5. Pinellas, Hillsborough to join forces

    The Gradebook

    What is this, a crossover episode? Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins did make an appearance at the Pinellas County School Board workshop Tuesday in a first public move to establish an official partnerships between the two districts. …

    Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins (center) and Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego discuss a new partnership between the two districts at a Pinellas County School Board workshop Tuesday in Largo.
  6. Tallest building in Pinellas County in search of a new name


    ST. PETERSBURG — The name "Priatek" is gone from Pinellas County's tallest building, perhaps to be replaced by that of a much better-known company new to the Tampa Bay area. …

    The Priatek name is off of downtown St. Petersburg's tallest building.
 [LARA CERRI  |   Times.  2015]
  7. Pinellas news briefs


    Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Transportation Panel : The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce Community Advocacy quarterly meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 at Madeira Beach City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive, for a panel discussion on transportation, transit, infrastructure needs and pedestrian safety. RSVP to (727) 360-6957 or [email protected] …

  8. Hometown Pinellas


    Seminole resident honored as Hero of the Game: a Seminole resident was honored as "Hero of the Game" at Raymond James Stadium when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced the New Orleans Saints. Corbin served in World War II in the Battle of the Bulge, and later served five U. S. Presidents at the White House. He headed motorcades, and attended ball games with John. F. Kennedy. Corbin's life is retold in the book, The Presidents' Escort he wrote with Susan Funk.  …

    Joseph Corbin, a Seminole resident, was named “Hero of the Game” at Raymond James Stadium when the Tampa Bay Bucs played the New Orleans Saints.
  9. Pinellas sees slight increase in black and first-year teachers

    The Gradebook

    A year after the Pinellas County school district was chastised in a state report for clustering inexperienced teachers in the state's most struggling schools, the district has reported a first look at its teacher corps. …

    The Pinellas County school district has taken a first look at first-year teachers in struggling schools and minority hiring, both of which ticked slightly upward.
  10. Annual North Pinellas prayer breakfast is Thursday


    SAFETY HARBOR — Tickets are on sale for this year's North Pinellas Community Prayer Breakfast, which will be held on Thursday at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, 3180 Enterprise Road, Safety Harbor. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will be the speaker. Doors will open at 7 a.m. with the program to start at 7:40 a.m. Tours of the ranch will be available. Cost: $15. Call (727) 771-6000.

  11. Tuesday's letters: Start time for Pinellas high schools too early


    District shifts start times | Oct. 18 Pinellas starts classes too early …

  12. Pinellas news briefs


    Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis to offer foot golf: The city of Treasure Island has been focused on increasing usage at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, and will soon offer a Certified American FootGolf League course. The AFGL recognizes certified courses across the country and Treasure Island will now have a certified FootGolf course constructed alongside its traditional golf course. FootGolf is a relatively new sport that requires players to kick a soccer ball into a cup using as few attempts as possible. On Nov. 4, the city will host the Treasure Bay FootGolf Kickoff with a free open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tampa Bay Club Sport will host a FootGolf tournament at 2 p.m. The cost of the tournament is $15 and will include prizes and giveaways. Tournament participants can register at  …

  13. Some teachers allege 'hostile and racially charged' workplace at Pinellas Park Middle


    PINELLAS PARK — Two black teachers at Pinellas Park Middle have requested transfers out of the school, alleging the work environment there has become "hostile and racially charged." …

    Dave Rosenberger, principal at Pinellas Park Middle, said staff members were concerned that the tutoring program for black students would exclude struggling students of different backgrounds or other teachers who wanted to help. "I think most of the angst or stress involved over the program was either a lack of information or misinformation," he said. [Pinellas County Schools]
  14. Hometown North Pinellas


    Morton Plant Hospital departments move in to Doyle Tower: Community members recently toured Doyle Tower, a new 200,000-square-foot four-story patient and surgical building featuring private rooms, a new surgical center, women's services and an orthopedic center at Morton Plant Hospital. The new tower is named in honor of Roz Doyle for her support of the hospital's commitment to improving the health of the community. All patient floors have been developed with a continuous platform design to enhance efficiency and streamline processes. On the surgical floor, an intraoperative MRI has been added and allows for patients to be scanned during surgery, giving surgeons the opportunity to visualize surgical results during an operation which can provide improved results. Built-in robotic equipment also creates surgical suites dedicated solely to minimally invasive robotic surgery. The project architect is Gresham, Smith and Partners in Tampa and the contractor is JE Dunn Construction in Atlanta. It cost $200 million. Hospital departments are expected to move in to the new building on a rotating schedule through the month.  …

    Community members recently toured Doyle Tower, a new 200,000-square-foot four-story patient and surgical building featuring private rooms, a new surgical center, women’s services and an orthopedic center at Morton Plant Hospital.
  15. Electric bike store opens in Dunedin near Pinellas Trail


    DUNEDIN — Pedego Electric Bikes held a grand opening this week for the store at 324 Scotland St., off the Pinellas Trail near Main Street.  …

  16. Football: Pinellas Park 56, Seminole 7


    PINELLAS PARK — Fewer than two minutes into the game, Seminole took a 7-0 lead over host Pinellas Park. It wouldn't last. On their homecoming night, the Patriots scored 56 unanswered points in a decisive 56-7 victory Friday. With the win, the Patriots moved to 7-1 (3-0, 7A District 10), while the Warhawks dropped to 0-6 (0-1, 7A District 10). Lawrance Toafili and Ethan Blanchard led the way for Pinellas Park, each finding the end zone twice. …

  17. Pinellas education news: Science fair at USFSP, lectures at Eckerd College and more


    USFSP to host Science Festival, MarineQuest …

    Elise Faith of Land O’ Lakes looks at samples of sand from different areas of the world at the Science Festival in 2014. This year’s festival is Saturday, along with MarineQuest.
  18. Pinellas deputies: Jail inmate committed suicide


    LARGO — An inmate at the Pinellas County Jail was pronounced dead Thursday in an apparent suicide, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. …

    Dyer Kasakoff, 47, was found in a shower stall at the Pinellas County Jail.
  19. Draft of Pinellas 2018-19 calendar is out

    The Gradebook

    Take a look: a draft copy of the proposed Pinellas County Schools instructional calendar for the 2018-19 school year is out for review. …

    The Pinellas County School Board will discuss the proposed school instructional calendar for the 2018-19 school year at a board workshop on Tuesday.
  20. Pinellas news briefs


    Historic Preservation Board, Tarpon Springs to co-host Pinellas Preservation Summit  …

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