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Keyonna Summers, Times Staff Writer

Keyonna Summers

Keyonna Summers covers the cities of Dunedin, Safety Harbor and Belleair, as well as North Pinellas business and social services for the Tampa Bay Times. Keyonna, a Detroit native, earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Michigan University, with a double minor in Spanish and psychology. She covered immigration for the Washington (D.C.) Times, then reported on courts and education and served as an on-air anchor for Florida Today before joining the Times' Clearwater bureau in 2011.

Want to know more? Catch up with Keyonna on the Deal Divas blog.

Phone: (727) 445-4153

Email: ksummers@tampabay.com

Twitter: @KeyonnaSummers

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  1. Dunedin couple allowed to bring adopted son out of Congo

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — A Dunedin couple have succeeded in their fight to bring home their dying adopted son from the Democratic Republic of Congo, say advocates who have been assisting them.

    Ten-month-old Cruz is among hundreds of legally adopted Congolese children barred from leaving the African country because of a September 2013 moratorium on exit permits surrounding international adoptions.

    The implications are dire for about 30 children, like Cruz, who are critically ill and in need of immediate medical attention. ...

    Andrea Stewart holds a recent photo of her adopted son, Cruz, who has a rare respiratory disease.
  2. Deal Divas: Avoid the mall with holiday shopping apps and buying local

    Retail

    Head to the malls if you'd like.

    There's plenty of selection, of course. It may infuse you with holiday spirit. And you can wait in line for a few hours to sit on Santa's lap if that's your thing.

    But those crowds. That parking. The lines. (Deep sigh.)

    Looking for some alternatives?

    The Tampa Bay Times' Deal Divas have a few ideas.

    LOAD UP YOUR SMARTPHONE...

    The mall can even tire Santa out (well, especially Santa). The Deal Divas have some ideas to avoid the mall by using phone apps and shopping local. 
  3. Deal Divas: Holiday shopping tips for everyone from the tween to grandma

    Retail

    It's tougher today than ever before to buy gifts for a member of another generation. Older adults struggle with what kind of boop-bop-beep-bop machine to get for the kids. Meanwhile, the younger generations must try to figure out if a $400 iPad for Grandma would change her life or collect dust in the dumbwaiter. The Tampa Bay Times' Deal Divas have a few ideas.

    MILLENNIAL

    What child of the '90s didn't waste hours every day on a Sega Genesis? Now you can re-create the old days with a Sega Genesis that actually works (Bed, Bath and Beyond, $39.99). Warning: This present, which includes two controllers and several built-in games, may reduce your 20-something to a puddle of nostalgic tears. ...

    The grandmas and the youngsters in this photo from a holiday party in Zephyrhills a few years ago seem in agreement that these hats and mittens are pretty neat. But it’s more difficult than ever for people from different generations to know what to get as a gift for those older or younger. Good thing the Deal Divas have some ideas.
  4. Tutorial: The Boa, the European and 23 other ways to wear a scarf

    Blog

    Hey guys! Today, we have a special treat -- a guest blog by Largo High School freshman Ketrin Gavani, who spent the day shadowing me in the pursuit of a possible journalism career.

    Not only is Ketrin into forensics and courthouse drama, but this girly-girl loves interior design, is a huge fan of fashion and has the scarf collection to prove it! Naturally, our tea time tete-a-tete included a gawk fest at this Wendy's Lookbook video on this fall/winter's hottest fashion accessory. "Four ways to wear a scarf? Maybe. But 25? Really???" we scoffed. Yeeeah, consider our minds blown....

    Feeling kind of blah or just want to keep it low-key? Whether spring, summer, winter or fall, a scarf is an easy game-changer that can jazz up any outfit.
  5. New Fenway owners face grilling from community

    Real Estate

    DUNEDIN — The new owners of the Fenway Hotel volunteered to sit down and answer questions, and members of the Edgewater Drive Advisory Committee had plenty.

    A meeting last week with the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA about their redevelopment plans started out with a tense grilling.

    But by the end, the society appeared to have allayed most of the seven-member committee's concerns....

    The Taoist Tai Chi Society seeks approval for a $14 million project to renovate the Fenway Hotel, its 5.2-acre waterfront property on Edgewater Drive in Dunedin.
  6. Q&A: Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski on her historic win, city vision

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — The city made history on Election Day when voters not only cast their ballots in an unprecedented race between two female candidates but chose Dunedin's first female mayor in nearly three decades.

    The title went to Julie Ward Bujalski, who defeated longtime commission colleague Julie Scales by gaining 56 percent of votes.

    Bujalski, 48, will lead a new commission majority that was automatically elected in June when no one filed to run against them....

    Julie Ward Bujalski is the first female mayor in 
26 years.
  7. 5 Holiday Dresses Under $50

    Blog

    Even before Halloween had arrived, some stores were already setting out the inflatable Santas, piping Christmas jingles over the intercom and advertising Black Friday deals.

    Now that Thanksgiving is actually a mere two weeks away, it's only a matter of time before the holiday party invitations start to roll in ... which, of course, begs the inevitable question: WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?!?...

    Nothing says holiday like wintry white! Get this fringe shift dress for $48.
  8. Safety Harbor to consider tree rules, outside agency funding

    Blog

    SAFETY HARBOR| With a new moratorium on tree removal in place, the city is now focused on fine-tuning an ordinance that strengthens existing tree protection rules.

    All city commissioners but Richard Blake this month voted to ban tree cuts through April 1 unless the updated ordinance is passed sooner. The proposed law would expand Safety Harbor’s authority beyond grand trees of a certain size to all trees within city limits....

  9. Second lawsuit seeking to save Belleview Biltmore from demolition is dismissed

    Blog

    BELLEAIR -- A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a preservation advocacy group seeking to save the former Belleview Biltmore hotel from demolition.

    Friends of the Belleview Biltmore and its president, Rae Claire Johnson, had accused Belleair commissioners of nepotism and colluding in the hotel’s sale by failing to enforce both town and federal historic preservation laws. The suit said the town’s inaction gave the Biltmore’s owners carte blanche to illegally withhold routine maintenance in hopes of making a case for demolition....

  10. Smartwatches: Wave of future or slave to past?

    Blog

    Remember the awe of all that technology on The Jetsons? The hope you felt when you first heard Prince's new millennium hit '1999'? The eagerness you felt when you watched 'Back to the Future'?

    My friends. We have arrived.

    The latest new gadget to hit the market from retailers such as AT&T and Best Buy are smartwatches, which let consumers check email, browse the web and use voice commands just as they would on a smartphone....

    TheVerge.com ranks the Motorola Moto 360 among the best smartwatches on the market. I can see the stainless steel and leather design working for both male and female fashion fans.These Android compatible devices roll out at AT&T stores Friday.  http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/6/7166935/the-best-smartwatch
  11. Dunedin to buy fire boat over some residents' objections

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — The city is buying a fire boat over the objections of some residents who say the cost and potential for liability trumps what city commissioners say is a basic public safety need.

    Commissioners unanimously agreed to spend nearly $229,000 in Penny for Pinellas funds on a vessel with firefighting and medical rescue capability, plus insurance, fuel and equipment including a lift to provide for easy maintenance and transport of patients onto the marina dock. Upkeep is estimated at $10,000 a year....

  12. New Fenway Hotel owners hosting open house

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| Residents will get their first glimpse of renovation plans for the Fenway during a series of meetings rolled out by the historic hotel’s new owners.

    The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America plans to spend $14 million remodeling the dilapidated building into the health and wellness group’s new headquarters and adding townhomes....

  13. Noticing error delays final Belleview Biltmore hearings

    Blog

    BELLEAIR| The fate of the Belleview Biltmore has been delayed as town staff scrambles to reschedule two final votes amid a public notice error.

    An advisory board of residents called the Historic Preservation Board was supposed to hear JMC Communities’ revamped plan to save a single wing of the historic hotel and give its recommendation this Thursday.

    The Town Commission had been scheduled to take a final vote Nov. 13....

  14. Julie Ward Bujalski elected mayor of Dunedin

    Elections

    DUNEDIN — Voters Tuesday chose longtime commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski to lead the city for the next two years.

    With all precincts reporting, Bujalski had netted 56 percent of the nonpartisan race's 14,553 votes compared to opponent Julie Scales' 44 percent.

    Speaking from a quiet corner of her victory party at the Dunedin Brewery, Bujalski said she looked forward to working with residents....

    Bujalski
  15. Gerard, Eggers prevail in Pinellas County Commission races

    Elections

    After a hard-fought race went down to the wire Tuesday night, the Pinellas County Commission will have a Democratic majority for the first time in 50 years.

    "There was a time when you wouldn't have run as a Democrat in this county," said Largo Mayor Pat Gerard, who won the countywide District 2 seat on the commission. "Times have changed."

    In one of the closest local races of the night, Gerard edged out state Rep. Ed Hooper by 51 to 49 percent. She'll take the seat that was held by vanquished Commissioner Norm Roche, whom Hooper earlier defeated in the Republican primary....

    Pat Gerard, candidate for County Commission District 2, smiles as she sees that she is declared to winner of her race against Ed Hooper while at her election party at Buffalo Wild Wings in Largo. Hooper is a Clearwater Republican and current state House member who must leave the Legislature due to term limits. Pat Gerard is a Democrat and current mayor of Largo.