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Violence Prevention Office awarded three-year grant

The Pinellas County Health Department's Violence Prevention Office was recently awarded a three-year grant, worth $260,000 per year, from the Juvenile Welfare Board to work with boys ages 9 to 14 on violence prevention, sexual responsibility and substance use prevention.

A special aspect of the program will be that the Health Department will work with Pinellas County's two domestic violence centers, CASA and The Haven, to include respect for girls and women as part of the learning process. The after-school sites will be Mt. Zion Human Services in St. Petersburg, the High Point YMCA in Clearwater and the Palm Harbor YMCA, all of which are seeking staff to lead the workshops. For information, contact grant coordinator Elihu Brayboy at (727) 824-6962.

Clearwater Free Clinic open to treat children

CLEARWATER _ A pediatrician and a family practice nurse practitioner are available to treat children from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at the Clearwater Free Clinic.

The clinic provides the service for children from infancy to age 18 who are not covered by private health insurance or government assisted programs.

The clinic's nurse practitioner will see children from ages 5 to 18 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the clinic. All children must come with a parent or legal guardian. New pediatric patients must have their birth certificates. The clinic is at 707 N Fort Harrison Ave. For appointments, call 447-3041.

Help out by volunteering at two local state parks

Park staff at Honeymoon Island State Park and Caladesi Island State Park need volunteers to help with the day-to-day operations, equipment and grounds maintenance, administrative duties and special events. Work days and hours are flexible.

For volunteer information at Caladesi Island, contact Steve Collier at (727) 469-5918 or For other information, contact Karen LeBlanc at (727) 638-2334 or