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Clothes to Kids seeks donations; Dunedin native scientist honored

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[Designed by Tara McCarty]
Published Oct. 21

Clothes to Kids, seeks donations

Clothing to Kids is running low on pants, jackets and school shoes and seeking donations to help clothe children in need in Hillsborough and Pinellas County. Clothes to Kids was founded in 2003 and aims to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income or in crisis school-age children free of charge. Clothes to Kids needs elementary school shorts and long pants size six through 12, jackets sizes-small, medium, large, and extra-large, and children’s shoes particularly sizes one to nine. The clothes benefit children from pre-K to 12th grade. Drop off donations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at any of the three stores, 5011 H W Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa, 1059 N Hercules Ave. in Clearwater, and 2168 24th St. S in St. Petersburg. For information or to schedule an appointment to shop call (727) 441-5050 or visit

Dunedin native honored at Hope Spot celebration

Renowned scientist Sylvia A. Earle will be in her hometown of Dunedin to be recognized as a newly designated Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot, which are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean. Earle is a world-renowned oceanographer and founder of Mission Blue. In 1979, she set a record for the deepest dive without a tether, she was the first woman to become the chief scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has been called by Time magazine a “Hero for the Planet.” The ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Park, 420 Main St. Scientific activities follow the ceremony for families.

Intro to Windows 10

Bring your computer and join Marvin Maziarz in learning how to use the latest version of Windows 10 through participation and demonstration. Even if you are a minimal user of the computer, this session will show you all the features you may not be aware of in Windows 10. The class is free, but limited to 10 participants. The class begins at 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the Clearwater Aging Well Center in the Long Center at 1501 N Belcher Road.


  1. James Rybicki, 63, faces charges of lewd and lascivious molestation and possession of child pornography. But he could go free after a judge found that Pinellas sheriff’s detectives and Pinellas-Pasco prosecutors lied to obtain a search warrant in his case. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
    A Pinellas sheriff’s detective and Pinellas-Pasco prosecutors “made false statements” to obtain a search warrant, a judge has ruled. The evidence was thrown out.
  2. Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Pamela Campbell during a hearing to review the guardianship cases once overseen by Traci Hudson, who faces criminal charges in one of those cases. Hudson was not present during Wednesday's hearing in a St. Petersburg courtroom. Pinellas sheriff's detectives say she stole more than $500,000 from an elderly man for whom she held power of attorney. Court records show she was appointed as a guardian in about two dozen cases. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Traci Hudson had served as guardian overseeing the affairs of 26 people until her arrest on a charge of exploitation of the elderly. Her handling of those cases will be reviewed.
  3. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority bus driver Rekira Owens is seen at the wheel behind a newly installed shield as they board the bus on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Tampa.  The clear divider is meant to protect drivers from physical assaults after a driver was killed earlier this year. A bus driver on Tuesday was operating a vehicle without a shield when he was attacked by a rider. CAITLIN JOHNSTON  |  Times
    About 75 buses still need the clear, plastic doors. The transit authority plans to install eight a day.
  4. The Clearwater City Council is discussing where to put its new City Hall building. This is a file photo of the old City Hall building downtown. JIM DAMASKE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    City staff will decide between 10 potential sites for a new City Hall building.
  5. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
A shot taken on June 4, 2019 during the 12-week demolition of the Harborview Center which began in April on the corner of Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue in downtown Clearwater. The project is a key part of the city's roughly $64-million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment project. Will residents move downtown once it is done? DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    “It’s our biggest challenge,” one city official said.
  6. A federal jury in Tampa found Christopher Brian Cosimano, left, and Michael Dominick Mencher guilty in the Pasco County shooting death of a motorcycle club leader. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher were members of the 69′ers Motorcycle Club. Prosecutors said they were responsible for the rush-hour assassination of Paul Anderson, a...
  7. Hundreds of demonstrators protest a Trump administration announcement that reversed an Obama-era order allowing transgender students to use school bathrooms matching their gender identities, outside of The Stonewall Inn in New York, Feb. 23, 2017. Activists in the LGBTQ community mobilized a fast and fierce campaign on Oct. 21, 2018, to say transgender people cannot be expunged from society, in response to an unreleased Trump administration memo that proposes a strict definition of gender based on a person's genitalia at birth. [Times Files] YANA PASKOVA  |  NYT
    Local vigils will be held in Tampa on Nov. 20 to honor those who lost their lives due to violence against the transgender community.
  8. Bob Larson, 81, from St. Petersburg, raises his hand to indicate he has a match while playing Bingo during a meal with fellow seniors in Langer Hall at the Sunshine Senior Center in St. Petersburg. Also present (but not pictured) is his wife, Janet Larson, 74. The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas funds 15 congregate dining sites in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The sites offer hot meals and socialization for 6,000 seniors. The Sunshine Center is one of those sites. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Seniors are happy in their communities, but have concerns about health care, housing, transportation and support for caregivers
  9. The tenth annual Shopaplooza returns to St. Petersburg for the Thanksgiving Day weekend, but this time at the Vinoy Park and with major changes. LocalShops1
    The annual festival highlighting everything local was previously held at Straub Park. But that’s not the only change this year.
  10. Photo of the sign of the Skyway Marina District in St. Petersburg. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
    The newest is being built on the site of the former Flamingo Resort.