Baseball is a game of tradition — hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack, the crack of the bat, the seventh-inning stretch, and rooting for the home team. • Around here, there's a local baseball tradition that's about to return: an annual migration of Northerners arriving to escape the brutal winter weather in Philadelphia and Toronto.
Spring training opens this weekend in Clearwater and Dunedin. As below-freezing temperatures linger up North, the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays expect to draw plenty of local and vacationing fans who will be slathering on the sunscreen....
02/26/15 Local Government
DUNEDIN — The roughly 2-mile stretch of Dunedin Causeway bridges that connect Honeymoon Island State Park to the mainland is about five years away from a facelift.
For more than half a century, Pinellas County planners say, the main drawbridge, as well as a fixed bridge beside it, have taken a beating from cars and waves. The sidewalks and bike paths are too narrow by current standards, and the roads lack shoulders. Ongoing repair and maintenance to the drawbridge — known for becoming stuck and causing traffic delays — has raised reliability concerns....
Ugh! I'll tell ya, all this fog and dreary skies lately sure have me dreaming of sunny summer days.
Lands' End is thinking about beach bumming it too.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday, the retailer is offering free swimsuit fittings and style sessions at The Shops of Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr. in Wesley Chapel....
TARPON SPRINGS — A drunken man who police found sitting on a sidewalk surrounded by power tools was arrested early Friday for the overnight burglary of a nearby brewery.
Peter Kalinov Kirov, 24, of Tarpon Springs was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of burglary, grand theft and possession of a suspended license.
According to Tarpon Springs police, Silverking Brewing Co. owners arrived at work about 9:30 a.m. Friday to find a rear window shattered, the cash register pried open and the front door unlocked....
DUNEDIN| A single vote now stands between the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America and the Fenway Hotel.
Via a unanimous vote, city commissioners on Thursday followed a citizen advisory board’s recommendation and preliminarily approved to the health and wellness society’s conceptual architectural plan and development agreement. A second public hearing and final vote is set for March 5....
We've mentioned campaigns this month by retailers recognizing Valentine's Day, American Heart Month and National Cancer Prevention Month. Ready for another?
February also marks Black History Month and Macy's has joined the celebration by hosting in-store talks on "Soul Era Style" featuring noted African-American stylists June Ambrose and Johnetta Boone. While none of the presentations are in our area, you can still win a chance to meet Ambrose for a makeover and $1,000 shopping spree-for-two in New York City!...
02/19/15 Local Government
BELLEAIR — A former town commissioner will take on two incumbents in a three-way race for two at-large seats up for grabs in the March 10 election.
Incumbent Commissioner Mike Wilkinson and Deputy Mayor Stephen Fowler will defend against former commission colleague Karla Rettstatt.
Fowler has served on the Town Commission since he was elected in 1997. Wilkinson was appointed in June 2010 to complete another commissioner's term....
02/12/15 Local Government
SAFETY HARBOR — The March election could result in a career change for one candidate whose work at the helm of a nonprofit that receives city funding has raised questions among several voters.
Janet Hooper is executive director of the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center, which since at least 2000 has received city grants alongside other groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and Neighborly Care Network. Last year, the center was awarded $45,000....
Sweating it out as you count down the hours, minutes and seconds until you present your Valentine with a big gift bag of nada? Deal Divas to the rescue!
Forget the played out, cliche flowers and chocolates. Why not go with a more ... "adventurous" ... theme? Say, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (which hits theaters this weekend)?...
BELLEAIR| It's a common question: If a tree falls in the forest but no one hears it, does it really make a sound? Could the same philosophy be applied to candidate forums?
Voters here will find out this week after two of three contenders for two at-large Town Commission seats opted out of participating in a question-and-answer session put on by the Belleair Civic Association.
Incumbent Commissioner Mike Wilkinson and Deputy Mayor Stephen Fowler are defending against former Commissioner Karla Rettstatt in the March 10 election. The top two vote-getters win the open seats....
DUNEDIN| The Toronto Blue Jays’ goal is to renew the team’s spring training contract in Dunedin within the next year, a top official said Thursday.
The comment, attributed by the team’s official Twitter account to Jays president Paul Beeston, came during his annual State of the Franchise address in Canada....
February. That time of year when lavishing love and gifts on your significant other is magnified to the nth degree.
But what if I told you it's OK to take a moment to step away from the Valentine's Day planning for your booski and love on yourself a little bit?
At least two health campaigns are encouraging women to do just that -- and to keep the sentiment going all month long.
You may have already seen evidence of the #SmearForSmear movement, which encourages women (and men, too!) to raise awareness about cervical cancer prevention by sharing lipstick-smeared selfies of themselves accompanied by the aptly-named hashtag across social media. The message? No slacking on pap smears (get it?), a top detector of the illness. More factoids and statistics at Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust....
BELLEAIR| Commissioners on Tuesday directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance aimed at protecting the town-owned Belleview Biltmore Golf Course from residential and commercial developers.
The town has long been considering the proposed ordinance, which would bar the town or course operators from changing the property’s character, use or recreation/open space land designation for 20 years. The property could only be rezoned during that time period via voter referendum. More details here....
Let's face it: It's Monday. It's rainy. I'm still exhausted from the weekend. Summary: I earn no medals for outfit assemblage today.
I did, however, earn plenty of metals ...and plastics (n the form of beads, that is)... for my Gasparilla costume efforts.
Halloween -- and pretty much any day or event that calls for fancy wardrobing -- gets top billing on my calendar. And so, since about 2009 (several years before I moved here) I've made the annual trek to downtown Tampa to commune with swashbucklers celebrating the traditional pirate invasion by Jose Gaspar and his cronies....