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Clothes to Kids seeks donations; Dunedin native scientist honored

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 [Designed by Tara McCarty]
[Designed by Tara McCarty]
Published Oct. 21, 2019

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. Death row inmate James Dailey, left, awaits execution for the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio in Pinellas County. His co-defendant, Jack Pearcy, now says he alone killed the girl. A judge wants to hear his testimony at a March 5 hearing.
  2. Jarvis Delon West was arrested for child neglect after failing to report an employee at AMI Kids who slammed a boy to the ground, according to police
  3. New Orleans-based Dat Dog offers exotic sausages like alligator, duck and crawfish, along with multiple vegan options and more than 30 toppings. The chain is seeking franchisees to bring a location to Tampa Bay.
  4. Shirley Elizabeth Rayner, 52, of Tarpon Springs, is facing a charge of elderly exploitation. Deputies say she forged or altered checks belonging to a 97-year-old woman she was hired to help.
  5. Jonathan W. Connors, 32, told a deputy he was “high as f---” after he was pulled over in North Redington Beach, arrest reports state. He faces multiple charges, including his fourth DUI.
  6. Booking photo of Gerardo Javier Garcia, 27, who is facing charges of child neglect, fleeing police and driving without a license.
  7. The candidates running for Clearwater City Council Seat 2 are (left to right): Mark Bunker, Michael "Mike" Mannino, Bruce Rector, Eliseo Santana Jr. and Lina Teixeira.
  8. The candidates running for Clearwater City Council Seat 3 are (left to right) Kathleen Beckman, Robert "Dr. Bob" Cundiff, Bud Elias and Scott Thomas.
  9. Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel momma with two girls and works full time as a marketing manager.
  10. Patrick Suiters, 10, left, and Gabriel Stanford, 9, both fourth-graders at San Jose Elementary School in Dunedin, fill out a survey after tasting falafel tots and nuggets during the 2nd Annual Student Food Connection taste test at Pinellas Technical College. About 120 students tasted and rated 28 new food items that could be added to school breakfast and lunch menus next year.
  11. People fill Community Cafe as drag queen Viktoria Sommers reads a Dr. Seuss book to children during Drag Queen Story Hour.  [Times (2019)]
  12. The Pinellas County school system is offering driver education camps to hundreds of students like this one over the summer. The program will be held over two sessions at nine high school campuses across the county.