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Bus ridership in Pinellas County reaches all-time high


More people than ever are taking the bus

Bus ridership in Pinellas County reached an all-time high of 1,097,842 rides in December, a 9 percent increase over December 2010. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority officials say part of the gain is the popularity of the new Central Avenue Trolley in St. Petersburg and new Jolley Trolley service for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. "Historically, public transit ridership in Pinellas County is always highest during the springtime peak of tourism season. So to see this record patronage in December shows how our community values and supports public transit," PSTA chief executive Brad Miller said. PSTA hopes to expand bus service in the near future.


Lanes will close on 3 beach streets

Lanes on three Clearwater Beach streets east of Hamden Drive will be closed intermittently this week, from Monday to Friday. They include Bayside, Brightwater and Devon drives. The closures are due to roadway milling and resurfacing. For information, call Clearwater Traffic Operations at (727) 562-4776 or visit

End-of-life decision seminar Monday

The Clearwater Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, will hold a seminar at 2 p.m. Monday to discuss living wills, designating health care surrogates and making your health care wishes known to family, friends and medical professionals in the event you are unable to speak for yourself. For information, call (727) 724-3070 or visit agingwell.

Play in weekly pinochle game

New, seasoned and spirited pinochle players are invited to join a team or start a new one at Senior Citizens Services Inc., 1204 Rogers St., Clearwater. It's at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. It's free, and light refreshments are served. For information, call (727) 442-8104.


Volunteer options at Heritage Village

A volunteer orientation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N. Discover fun ways to get involved with the living history museum. Volunteers can serve as a tour guide, museum greeter, historical house caretaker, receptionist, maintenance worker or ground assistant. For information, call (727) 582-2125.

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Daddy Daughter Date Night Feb. 11

Tickets are on sale for Safety Harbor's "Daddy Daughter Date Night." The event will start at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Rigsby Center, 605 Second St. N. Cost is $25 per couple and $15 for each additional daughter. Call (727) 724-1545.

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Meet a living founding father

Meet Ben Franklin in a live performance by Rich Davis, who will talk about American history as Franklin knew it, from 1706-1790. Davis is an author and former college English and public speaking teacher who has also taught extensively in literacy programs. It's at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. It's free.

Pinellas deaths

Obituaries are in Section B.