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  1. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

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  2. In Pinellas and Pasco, a profile of the Jewish community is in the works

    Religion

    Times Staff Writer In the coming weeks, Jews in Pinellas and Pasco counties will hear a lot about a telephone survey designed to put together a profile of the local Jewish community. The survey is the result of a collaborative effort by two large organizations, area congregations and top foundations. …

  3. Football: Pinellas Park 35, Countryside 0

    Footballpreps

    COUNTRYSIDE — Kenny Crawford didn't want a repeat, and neither did his players. After leading Countryside for much of last year's district battle, Pinellas Park's coach saw his squad's advantage disappear in an eventual 31-30 overtime setback that knocked the Patriots out of a playoff berth. …

  4. Editorial: Add early-voting sites in Pinellas

    Editorials

    Voting by mail has been a resounding success in Pinellas County, where 76 percent of all ballots were cast by mail in the August primary. But that's no reason to be stingy about providing early-voting sites, which Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark has limited to just five locations — none in south St. Petersburg — despite calls for more. Ballot access should accommodate all voters' needs and preferences, and when community leaders ask for more early-voting sites, the chief elections official should be eager to oblige. …

  5. Hometown North Pinellas

    News

    Former Clearwater resident wins gold with U.S. Chess Team: Chess Grand Master Ray Robson, 21, is a junior at Webster University who was born in Guam and raised in Clearwater. He is one of five members of the United States Chess Team, which won its first gold medal since 1976 over 180 countries at the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. Robson, who is majoring in international studies and plays tennis for fun, is ranked No. 5 in the United States, No. 7 in all of the Americas and No. 66 in the world, among all active players. He was formerly the U.S. National Chess Champion in the elementary (K-6) division. …

    Rowdies forward Georgi Hristov, left, Cole Eicher and midfielder Keith Savage were part of the team for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
  6. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    LEARN HOW TO PRUNE YOUR TREES: Safety Harbor is home to a variety of trees from palms and crape myrtles to beautiful old shade trees, which all require special care to ensure they stay healthy. Join Safety Harbor arborist Art Finn as he presents tree pruning techniques at a workshop at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29. A walking tour will follow to showcase some of the more interesting trees in Safety Harbor. For information, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112, or visit www.SafetyHarborLibrary.com. …

  7. Hometown South Pinellas

    News

    American Heart Association Tampa Bay office wins national award for campaign: The American Heart Association Tampa Bay office was the recipient of the American Stroke Association's national award for Best Integrated Campaign for American Stroke Month among markets with a corporate sponsor. The AHA Tampa Bay and its year-round Together to End Stroke supporter, Frontier Communications, implemented a campaign aimed at raising awareness and promoting public stroke education. Judges commended the campaign for reaching multicultural audiences across the bay area through a stroke awareness event at USF St. Petersburg with American Heart Association spokesperson and renowned hip-hop artist Dee-1; strategic alliances with six hospitals and two medical professional groups; media placements and compelling interviews with radio stations, TV stations and print publications; and the creative use of social media. …

    Paul Ruta, 70, received a key to the city of St. Petersburg in recognition for his volunteer work fixing bikes for low-income residents to ride to work.
  8. Fish kills stain South Pinellas beaches

    Environment

    ST. PETE BEACH — The stench couldn't be detected from the picturesque scene poolside of the Sirata Beach Resort. But once people stepped out toward the ocean, away from the hotel, the odor of dead fish baking in the late-morning sun was undeniable. …

    A sea turtle lies dead on St. Pete Beach on Tuesday. Thousands of dead fish, eels and other small marine life dotted the tourist destination, the result of what state Fish and Wildlife officials suspect is Red Tide creeping north from a confirmed site in Manatee County, south of St. Pete Beach. [Photo by Les Neuhaus] 
  9. Pinellas teachers' union picks a side in the countywide School Board race

    The Gradebook

    Back in April, the Pinellas County teachers' union liked two School Board candidates so much, they endorsed both in the four-candidate race on the August primary ballot. …

    The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association has endorsed Joanne Lentino in the Pinellas County School Board District 1 at-large race in the November general election.
  10. Pinellas teachers' union picks a side in the countywide School Board race

    The Gradebook

    Back in April, the Pinellas County teachers' union liked two School Board candidates so much, they endorsed both in the four-candidate race on the August primary ballot. …

    The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association has endorsed Joanne Lentino in the Pinellas County School Board District 1 at-large race in the November general election.
  11. Pinellas teachers' union picks a side in the countywide School Board race

    The Gradebook

    Back in April, the Pinellas County teachers' union liked two School Board candidates so much, they endorsed both in the four-candidate race on the August primary ballot. …

    The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association has endorsed Joanne Lentino in the Pinellas County School Board District 1 at-large race in the November general election.
  12. Pasco United Way chief to head Pinellas Community Foundation

    News

    The United Way of Pasco County is looking for a new leader after president/CEO Duggan Cooley accepted the job as executive director of the Pinellas Community Foundation. …

    United Way of Pasco President/CEO Duggan Cooley, center, holding a check from the Heritgage Pines Community Assocation in 2015, has accepted the job as executive director of the Pinellas Community Foundation.
  13. More than 20 apply for Pinellas circuit judge vacancy

    Bay Buzz

    More than 20 lawyers applied to replace Pinellas judge Bruce Boyer, who is scheduled to retire Nov. 29 from the civil circuit bench. …

  14. Here are the first few scheduled Pinellas County school district community meetings

    The Gradebook

    Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego had an idea to share at Tuesday's School Board meeting. …

    Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego at Tuesday's School Board meeting unveiled a new format detailing how the school district will work to close the achievement gap on standardized tests between black and non-black students.
  15. Tony Dungy tells Pinellas students: 'Think about your future'

    K12

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tony Dungy, a bestselling author and the first black head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl win, told students Wednesday at Gibbs High School that the key to having a bright future is simple: Get good grades, get a high school diploma and go to college. …

    Maurice Thurton with his son J'Len Thurton, 11, a 5th grader, during the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the Day Of Dialogue and Dads Take Your Child To School Day in the auditorium at Gibbs High School Wednesday afternoon (09/28/16). The event featured an inspirational speech by coach Tony Dungy. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  16. Football: Pinellas Park 36, Boca Ciega 32

    Footballpreps

    GULFPORT — The visiting Patriots (3-0) overcame an 18-point second-quarter deficit and scored 22 unanswered points to beat the Pirates (1-2) in a non-district game. …

  17. Florida's latest environmental headache: Red Tide hits Pinellas County

    Water

    Red Tide, the toxic algae that has plagued Florida's coasts since the days of the Spanish conquistadors, is making a big mess on Pinellas County's beaches this week. The sewage that was dumped into Tampa Bay could make it even worse. …

    Thousands of dead fish and other small marine life lined the beaches of Treasure Island on Tuesday.  [Les Neuhaus]
  18. The Pinellas County school district is coming to a community meeting near you

    The Gradebook

    Back in June, the Pinellas County School Board carved out a new category in its strategic plan to emphasize closing the achievement gap between black and non-black students. Now, district officials say they will seek community input and report any progress straight to the public -- even if it's after-hours. …

    Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego at Tuesday's School Board meeting unveiled a new format detailing how the school district will work to close the achievement gap on standardized tests between black and non-black students.
  19. Pinellas college notebook: USF homecoming, Eckerd discussion and more

    College

    USF to celebrate homecoming on both sides of the bay …

    USFSP students compete in a sack race during homecoming in 2013. This year, festivities begin on the Harbor Lawn at 7 p.m. Monday.
  20. Editorial: Pinellas makes progress on student suspensions

    Editorials

    The Pinellas County School District is taking a holistic approach to reducing out-of-school suspensions of elementary students. Ideas such as parent shadow days and home visits with administrators show far more promise in correcting children's behavior problems than kicking kids out of class. The district, which has worked to curb out-of-school suspensions across all grades, is smart to build on that progress with a fresh focus on elementary students. …

    The Pinellas County School District is taking a holistic approach to reducing out-of-school suspensions of elementary students. Discipline problems tend to take root in low-performing schools. Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg has a 38 percent out-of-school suspension rate, the highest in the district. It’s an F school.

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