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Short break for summer school pupils

Published Sep. 16, 2005

(ran EO edition)

Thursday is the first day of the rest of the summer for about 400 pupils from four schools who are attending summer school at Oldsmar Elementary.

Wednesday is the final day of summer school, but summer vacation will be short. The school year begins less than a month later, on Aug. 21.

Summer school for the pupils from Oldsmar, Forest Lakes, Cypress Woods and Highland Lakes elementary schools began June 17.

Most of the students will return to their elementary schools for the 1996-97 school year, but the fifth-graders will begin sixth grade at Carwise Middle School in Palm Harbor.

Most of the summer students at Oldsmar Elementary are there because they are struggling in math and reading.

Dave Schmitt, principal at Oldsmar Elementary, was the overall principal for the summer session. Don Blanchard, principal at Highland Lakes Elementary, and Pamela Moore, principal at Cypress Woods Elementary, were also principals for the summer session. Larry Slyck, assistant principal at Dunedin Elementary, and Sharon Sisco, assistant principal at Oldsmar Elementary, served as assistant principals for the summer session.

Bev Porras, secretary at the school, says there were 26 teachers for the summer session, plus some teacher assistants and volunteers.

Don't drop out,

drop in instead

It is called Friday Night Drop-in at the Oldsmar Recreation Center. It is aimed at giving young people something wholesome to do during the summer.

It costs a dollar to get in, but after that there's no charge for refreshments, music, dancing, pool or air hockey _ or just socializing with other youths.

Visitors can bring their own music, either CDs or tapes, to play on a portable machine, says Robert Kerce, athletic supervisor for the Oldsmar Department of Parks and Recreation, which sponsors the event. Chaperones from the department will be on hand.

Kerce says the drop-in at the recreation center at 423 Lafayette Blvd. is designed for young people ages 12 to 18. It runs from 7 to 10 p.m.

The drop-in program began two weeks ago; about 18 people showed up. The next session is Friday, and other drop-ins are scheduled for Aug. 9 and Aug. 16.

For information, call 855-5588.

Oldsmar honors deputy

who patrols the city

A Pinellas County deputy who patrols in Oldsmar has been given the Oldsmar City Council/City Manager Award for July.

Deputy Lisa Duffy, who lives in the Lake St. George area, was honored six months after her patrol partner, Tim Karamihalis of Tarpon Springs, was given the same award.

Both of them were nominated by City Council member Daryl Landis, who says the deputies are "very reliable and dependable and well-deserving of the recognition."

Duffy, 30, has been a deputy for Pinellas County for nine years, serving most of that time in North Pinellas, including Oldsmar. She patrolled full-time in Oldsmar from July 1995 to January, and returned to full-time service in Oldsmar last Friday.

"Too often we take our deputies, our fire department and our staff at City Hall for granted," Landis says. "We need to recognize the people who are faithful and always there for us. I appreciate the reliability of our sheriff's deputies in Oldsmar."

Duffy was given the award last Tuesday at the City Council meeting.

Gottscho re-elected

head of Little League

Who's on first with the Oldsmar Little League?

Well, let us see if we can tell you. Keep your eye on the bouncing ball:

Steve Gottscho has been re-elected president of the Oldsmar Little League. Gottscho, who lives in the Boot Ranch area of East Lake, has two children in Little League, Scott, 15, and Shane, 12.

Ed Hammond of Palm Harbor is the new vice president, succeeding Jim Savarese of East Lake Woodlands. Hammond served as secretary during the previous year. The new secretary is Pat O'Hara of Oldsmar.

April Liebling of East Lake Woodlands was elected treasurer to succeed Denise Prior, also of East Lake Woodlands.

The vice president of major and AAA baseball is Steve Buckles of Oldsmar, who had been vice president of umpires. He succeeds Arlene Weinstein of Oldsmar, who was elected vice president of junior and senior baseball to succeed John Saborske of Oldsmar.

The new vice president of umpires is Gary Roebuck of Oldsmar, who also is player agent for softball.

The vice president of softball is Terri Estep of Oldsmar, succeeding Dion Weaver of Oldsmar, who is the new director of grounds and safety, succeeding Eddie Rodriguiz of Oldsmar. Gary Papa of Boot Ranch was re-elected vice president of T-ball and AA boys baseball.

Jim Hayes of Oldsmar is the new player agent for baseball. Hayes and Roebuck both succeeded John Moore, who recently moved to Nashville, Tenn., from East Lake Woodlands.

Kim Durante of Oldsmar was re-elected vice president of communications and marketing and Ed Vonnes of Oldsmar was elected director of equipment, succeeding Gary Pavlica of Oldsmar.

The new officers were elected last week by the new board of directors of the Little League, which was elected by the league membership June 14.


Heart transplant fund, benefit for Oldsmar man

A medical fund has been started for a young Oldsmar man with Down's syndrome who needs a heart transplant.

Anyone wanting to donate to the Robert Christopher Steel Medical Fund can send or deliver contributions to Republic Bank, 3711 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, FL 34677.

Steel, 26, was working at a restaurant and living in his own apartment when he was stricken by an infection in March that severely damaged his heart. Now doctors say he may eventually need a heart transplant, a procedure that costs about $200,000.

A benefit for the mentally retarded man is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Aug. 4-5 at KD's Pub and Lounge at Tampa and Racetrack roads. Live music will be provided by six bands: Diamond Gray, Even Steven, Trade Secrets, South Paw, Moe Jackson and Jesus Funk.

There will be a $5 cover charge, with all proceeds going to the medical fund.

No surprises when

chamber elects officers

Cookie Gladieux, a real estate agent with Remax Mutual in Clearwater, will be elected president of the Oldsmar Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

Ms. Gladieux will step up from first vice president to replace Doug Edwards as president starting Oct. 1. Edwards, an Oldsmar certified public accountant, will continue on the board of directors.

The election will occur at a 7:45 a.m. meeting of the board of directors at the chamber's office at 163 State St. W. Tom Bohn, executive director of the chamber, says the elections are a pro forma matter because the nominating process is closed.

Noreen Nelson, manager of human resources at Lockheed Martin in Oldsmar, will step up as first vice president from her current position as second vice president. Brett Herman, executive vice president at Barnett Bank in Oldsmar, will be the new second vice president.

Linda Williams, owner of a State Farm Insurance agency in Oldsmar, will be the new secretary, replacing Susan Ferrans, who works for Polaris, a Clearwater land surveying firm. Jerry Kilty, who owns Quality Management Solutions in Clearwater, will be re-elected treasurer.

Herman and two others are new members: Pam Levers, manager of human resources for BFGoodrich Aerospace in Oldsmar, and Jim Pfeiffer, chief administrative officer for Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor.

Musically inclined

needed by Oldsmar

If you've got a background in music, Oldsmar and the Suncoast Symphony need you.

There is no pay, but you will get a chance to judge applications submitted by young musicians ages 7 to 12 who want to play in two of the symphony's concerts next spring.

"The young musicians selected will participate in designated practice sessions with the Suncoast Symphony in the spring of 1997 and will be featured in two concerts with the symphony in May 1997," says Cheryl Mortenson, the city clerk and chairwoman of the Oldsmar Public Arts Committee.

The deadline for children to apply is Sept. 13. In the meantime, the city and symphony need a panel of judges to review the applications.

"Applicants (for the judges) must have a background in music and should be able to demonstrate their personal knowledge in instruction and performance and in creating talent," Mortenson said. "Potential panelists will also be subject to a background check."

Applicants should send a resume to the Cultural Affairs Department, Oldsmar City Hall, 100 State St., Oldsmar, FL 34677, by Aug. 12. For information, call 855-4693.

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