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WATER'S EDGE HIGH-RISE CONDO OFFICIALLY OPEN

CLEARWATER

City officials and the developers of the Water's Edge high-rise condominium held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the tower's front door, signifying that it's now officially open for business. City leaders hope this high-rise and a neighboring one, Station Square, along with a recent streetscaping project and the upcoming boat slips in Clearwater Harbor, will help revitalize downtown. "There's one piece of the puzzle that's been missing, and that's downtown residential," said Bill Sturtevant, chairman of the Clearwater Downtown Partnership. The 25-story tower, where 153 condos range in price from the $300,000s to $1.7-million, is now the city's tallest building.

TARPON SPRINGS

FBI offers families Internet safety tips

Parents and children are invited to a presentation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Internet crimes. It's at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Nicholas Cathedral Community Center, 348 N Pinellas Ave. Families will learn tips for staying safe while surfing the Web. The event was organized by City Commissioner Chris Alahouzos, who serves on the FBI's Community Engagement Council.

PALM HARBOR

Chili cook-off at beach park Nov. 9

The Crystal Beach Family Activity Center will have its first-ever chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Crystal Beach Park (west end of Crystal Beach Avenue). The registration fee is $30. It's $5 to taste and judge. For information, call Dee Dee Thorp at (727) 421-3879; Micky Scognamiglio, (727) 642-0424; or Sue Conlon, (727) 786-5323.

COUNTYWIDE

Tax aide program needs volunteers

The IRS/AARP tax aide program, which last year prepared more than 5,000 income tax returns for residents of North Pinellas, needs volunteers. The program helps low-income and elderly residents prepare their taxes free of charge. Volunteers receive training that leads to IRS/AARP certification. To volunteer, contact Don Hatton at dhatton@tampabay.rr.com or at (727) 470-3484, or register online at www.aarp.org/taxaide.

Clarification

The phone number for more information on the Kids & Kubs softball season was cut off in Wednesday's Clearwater Times. The full phone number is (727) 893-7108.

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