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Crime watch plan attracts few takers, despite break-ins

(ran EO edition)

The silence is deafening for Kerri McDougald.

Following two recent stories in the Times about a series of "smash for cash" burglaries of businesses in North Pinellas, she had expected her telephone to ring, with business owners and managers in Oldsmar asking about a proposed business crime watch for the city.

But zilch. Not one call. Her only activity has been to casually talk face to face with two local business people.

Mrs. McDougald, representing the Oldsmar Chamber of Commerce, is working with Pinellas County Sheriff's Detective Roger Hollander.

The watch would include decals on store windows that give sheriff's deputies and firefighters the names and home telephone numbers of the businesses' owners in cases of break-ins, doors left open, broken windows or other problems. It also would set up a network to pass information among business owners about burglaries, counterfeit money or bad checks.

Some Oldsmar businesses are among the victims of the recent break-ins, in which thieves crashed through doors or windows, grabbed any cash they could find and left within a few minutes.

Mrs. McDougald, an insurance agent in Oldsmar, said any business owner or manager who is interested in setting up a crime watch should call her at 855-7326 or Deputy Hollander at 582-6295.

Oldsmar library offering

3 children's programs

Children are invited to three special programs this week at the Oldsmar Library.

Monday morning, Anne Bobilin, a violinist from St. Petersburg who plays in the Suncoast Symphony, will play and talk to children about the instrument and about music. The program will start at 11 a.m. and should end by 11:30 a.m., said Mary Kay Smith, children's librarian.

On Wednesday evening, Marlene Mitchell of Oldsmar, a member of the Merry Makers family act, will tell stories and use puppets in a program called "Rhythm on the Road." Her program, from 7 to 7:45 p.m., is built around the children's reading program at the library.

Finally, on Thursday, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., the Waterman family of Oldsmar will present a program of children's music, mostly Christian contemporary selections, including some written by the family's matriarch, Suzie Waterman. She plays a synthesizer.

The program also will include Suzie's husband, Buddy Waterman, who plays drums and guitars; son, Paul Waterman, 17, who plays guitar; daughter JanessaWaterman, 7; and daughter, Amanda Waterman, 5. All of them sing.

The programs are free, and parents are invited to accompany their children. For information, call Smith at 855-5940.

Classes up for "adoption'

at elementary school

It's "a positive" for both sponsors and pupils at Oldsmar Elementary School.

That's the way principal Dave Schmitt described his school's Adopt-a-Class program, in which businesses, organizations and individuals sponsor classes and events at the school.

"It really allows teachers to accomplish a lot of things that regular budget constraints won't," Schmitt said in calling for sponsors in the coming school year.

Adopting a class costs at least $150, but larger amounts are welcome. Individuals who adopt classes can talk to the pupils about their interests or take them on field trips, Schmitt said.

There are 29 classes available for adoption this fall. Also seeking sponsors are reading, art, music and physical education programs, as well as a speech teacher and a guidance counselor.

If there are more sponsors than classes or programs, that will not be a problem, Schmitt said. During past school years, for example, several classes had two sponsors and one had three.

To become a sponsor or for information, call Schmitt at 855-7316.

Big League team wins

divisional championship

The Big League boys team in the Oldsmar Little League has won its division championship by defeating Countryside, 5-0, in a one-game playoff, with Pete Sepulveda pitching a three-hitter.

But the Oldsmar team then lost its first two games, 7-5 and 6-4, to Largo, champion of the Rockies Division, in the District 12 double-elimination championship.

Oldsmar won the first half of the season in the seven-team Appalachian Division of District 12, and Countryside won the second half, leading to the one-game playoff. Oldsmar's overall season record, including the playoff game, was 16-6-1.

Big League teams are for boys ages 16 to 18.

In the win over Countryside, the hitting stars for Oldsmar were Brad Crawford, Dino Ribeiro, Sam Meinrod, Carl Roberts, Greg Fusco, Mark Powell and Chris Jerome.

Largo, the defending Division 12 champion, was too much for Oldsmar. But because Oldsmar won its division, manager Gary Pavlica, and coaches Jim Savarese and Ward Griffin were selected to coach one of the district's all-star teams in the sectional tournament.

The Oldsmar team is sponsored by East Lake Video.

Music and dance on tap for Community Center

It will be music and dance time for young people again Friday night at the Community Center in downtown Oldsmar.

The program for young people will be held at the Community Center, 127 State St., from 7 to 10 p.m., said Robert Kerce, athletic supervisor for the Oldsmar Parks and Recreation Department.

Kerce says a disc jockey provided by TK Productions in New Port Richey will play a variety of modern music from a collection of about 300 compact discs.

The program is designed for young people, ages 12 through 18, but younger children will not be turned away, Kerce said.

The cover charge will be $2, but the music, dancing and refreshments will be free.

For information, call Kerce at 855-5588.

Falcons begin practices

for players, cheerleaders

It's pigskin time, and the Oldsmar Falcons still need players and cheerleaders.

Practice will open Monday for the four teams of the Oldsmar Falcons youth football program. The first games of the season for the Tampa Bay Youth Football League are less than four weeks away.

John Hastings, alternative athletic director for the Falcons, said young people can sign up at practices this week. They will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 every evening through Friday at R.E. Olds Park in Oldsmar.

The teams are separated by ages and weights.

The registration cost is $90 for each player or cheerleader, $80 for a second child in the same family and $70 for a third child. Players must provide their own cleated shoes, and cheerleaders must buy shoes through the league. Other equipment and uniforms are provided by the Falcons.

The four teams and their coaches are:

Pee Wees, ages 7 to 9. Head coach Tom Brown and assistant coach John Crayton.

Super Midgets, ages 10 and 11. Head coach Frank Mortellaro and assistant coach Paul Torch.

Midgets, ages 11 and 12. Head coach David Faler, assisted by his father, Ernest Faler, and by Robert Sullivan.

Varsity, ages 11 to 14. Head coach Jesse Jackson and assistant coaches Darrell Philon, Willie James and Pete Arnold.

The athletic director of the Falcons is Leo Governale.

Once school starts Aug. 21, practices will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at R.E. Olds Park. The first games will be Aug. 21.

Oldsmar businesses, organizations and individuals are welcome to sponsor individual players.

For more information, call Hastings at 886-2954 or Governale at 855-6269.

Chambers toss words

before tossing softballs

A friendly war of words between the Oldsmar and Palm Harbor chambers of commerce over their softball game today has escalated.

"We'll win 15-0," said Tom Bohn, executive director of the Oldsmar chamber. Only three weeks ago, his predicted winning score was 1-0.

Connie Davis, his counterpart at the Palm Harbor chamber, originally responded, "We'll match his one run and then some."

When Bohn called her about his latest boast, she said she told him "We haven't even been up to bat yet and we've won. We are a winning chamber, no matter what."

The game will start at 4 p.m. at Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., and will be followed by a barbecue and a baseball game between the Dunedin Blue Jays and Lakeland.

_ We're on the lookout for news. 1f you've got Oldsmar news or information about clubs, schools, churches, businesses, your neighbors or your family, let us know. Call Donald Finley at 445-4229 or write him at the Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684. You may fax material to him at 445-4206.

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