04/15/14 Human Interest
On May 23, 1964 a group of organizations in Dunedin decided to begin meeting and sharing ideas and opinions on issues of communitywide interest. Calling itself the Dunedin Council of Organizations, its delivery method was in-person monthly meetings.
After 50 years, the Dunedin Council of Organizations still gathers to chat over breakfast.
"Of course, we make use of other technologies," said Peter Krulder, this year's DCO president, who pointed out the group's Facebook page and website. "But we really think nothing has come along that improves on the face-to-face meeting in efficiency of not only delivering information but also fostering a sense of community."...
Events celebrating the Easter season will be presented by Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.
Maundy Thursday will be noted with a 6 p.m. dinner and communion.
A contemplative and reflective Tenebrae service will take place at 7 p.m. Good Friday.
From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, the church will host an Easter carnival featuring an egg hunt, bounce house, games, food and free treats....
AmeriLife has named Derek Richardson president of the company's brokerage distribution. He will work out of the Clearwater-based insurance marketing group's corporate headquarters.
"My initial objective is to work closely with our national marketing companies to develop and enhance capabilities across all platforms," said Richardson, who has decades of experience in the financial services and insurance industries. "We intend to make an already strong and profitable organization peerless."...
On April 1, during the 125th annual Central Conference of American Rabbis Convention in Chicago, Tampa Bay area rabbis Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am in Tampa, Joel Simon of Congregation Schaarei Zedek in Tampa and Daniel Treiser of Temple B'nai Israel in Clearwater joined more than 60 male and female reform rabbis who shaved their heads to raise awareness of, and funding for, pediatric cancer research....
04/08/14 Human Interest
At a recent meeting at the Greektown Grille in Clearwater, Kiwanis Club of Springtime City president Daryl Waterman and 20 past club presidents shared their Kiwanis Community Service Leadership accomplishments.
The group of past presidents included Joe Turner, Steve Cole, Wilber Van Scoik, Joe Turner, Dr. Nolan Allen, Bill Justice, Lu Cushing, Pete Taylor, Doug Williams, David Browder, John Williams III, Jay Rhodes, Richard Pearse, Dale Tindall, Richard Blomstedt, Jim Ewbank, Elwood Hogan, Frank LaMagna and Michael Zimmerman....
Fish Earth Day: Professional fishing guides offer workshops for youths ages 6 to 16 to learn about casting, conservation, fish safety, knot tying, catch and release tactics and more. The first 80 kids to register get a free rod and reel. Registration required. 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Free. Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628.
Antique Appraisal Fair: Bring dolls, trinkets and treasures (or a photo of larger items, such as furniture) for appraisal. All proceeds benefit the library's children's area. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. $5 per item donation or three items for $10. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, East Lake. (727) 773-2665....
Army Pvt. Lawrence A. Riley, son of Jennifer Riley of Palm Harbor, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises....
To announce the grand opening of its new 20-barrel brewing system, Sea Dog Brewing Co. will offer food and beverage specials, tours of the facility, tastings and live music from 3 p.m. until closing Thursday at 26200 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater.
"Demand for Shipyard and Sea Dog beer here in Florida has been very strong and the craft beer movement continues to grow," said owner Fred Forsley, who opened the Clearwater location in February 2013. "We are very excited to be part of that growth and to be brewing in Florida again."...
Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival: More than 220 artists and fine craftsmen will be set up under the trees and along Spring Bayou for the 40th annual festival. Ticket includes one free drink. No coolers or pets allowed. Note: The boat ramp and parking lot at Craig Park will be closed Thursday through Sunday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. $5, free military and children under 12. Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5628....
04/03/14 Human Interest
The students of Saint Paul's School once again contributed to the St. Peter's Love Quilt project, drawing compassionate messages that were incorporated into quilts for South African orphans.
The art squares that the students created last year were displayed March 15 in the finished quilt at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg. The exhibit included a presentation on the quilts and the history of the project....
For more than 60 years, Clearwater's Temple B'nai Israel has been dedicated to meeting the spiritual needs of the Jewish community. Multiple generations of families have worshiped together under its roof.
After a year of public fundraising and creative development, the temple is ready to grow. Reservations are being taken now through Sunday to attend the April 13 ground-breaking ceremony of Temple B'nai Israel's first major renovation and expansion project at 1685 Belcher Road, taking place in the courtyard, rain or shine....
The Eyes of Freedom — Lima Company Memorial: This traveling memorial features 23 life-sized portraits depicting the fallen of Lima Company 3/25, one of the hardest hit units in Operation Iraqi Freedom. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday. Free. Veteran's Funeral Care, 15381 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater. (419) 551-0335.
Palm Harbor Citrus Festival: Sixth year for this celebration of citrus, with carnival rides, games, Dancing with the Palm Harbor Stars, Citrus Queen beauty pageant and kid's activities. Live music, food truck cuisine and a craft beer garden. 5-10 p.m. Thursday; 4-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Free admission; extra costs for rides and food. Historic Downtown Palm Harbor District along Florida Avenue between Alt. U.S. 19 and Omaha Street, Palm Harbor. (727) 784-4287; palmharborcc.org....
03/31/14 Human Interest
Members and invited guests, including Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers, attended the Dunedin Youth Guild's Golden Jubilee Anniversary Gala March 21 at the Dunedin Community Center.
Dunedin High's Highlander Band and dancers provided entertainment and students from the culinary arts program at the Pinellas Technical Education Centers catered the event.
The Youth Guild was established in 1964 to help the youth of Dunedin. Its first college scholarship was awarded in 1977 and since then, more than $500,000 has been given to deserving students of Dunedin. Recent projects include its new park on Bayshore Boulevard and playground equipment for Weaver Park....
For its nine-year support of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County's affordable home ownership program, Raymond James Financial was honored as "Habitat Partner of the Year" during the nonprofit's inaugural Blueprint gala March 15 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.
Paul Reilly, CEO of Raymond James Financial, accepted the "Golden Hammer" award on behalf of Raymond James from Habitat Pinellas board chair Victoria Tylman....
The progress of Clearwater's redevelopment plan will be discussed during "Mission and a Meal" from 6 to 7:15 p.m. today at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.
The monthly program is designed to help educate the public on topics of interest in the community.
The public is invited to gather in Roebling Hall for a light meal of hearty soup and bread. Child care will be provided....