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The Madeira Beach 14u Riptide softball team takes home the World Series Title at the Babe Ruth World Series during July 15-23 in Jensen Beach, FL. Special to the Times | Kadi Hendricks Tubbs
Published Jul. 26

The Clearwater Community Volunteers recently donated 240 backpacks to foster children. The volunteers filled the backpacks with supplies and distributed them at a Back-to-School Bash. The Back-to-School-Bash had a number of activites from face painting to pony rides, and a bouncy house prior to the backpack distribution.

Presbyterian Towers receives garden grant

The Senior Citizens Services of the Pinellas Community Foundation recently awarded Presbyterian Towers, a senior apartment complex in downtown St. Petersburg, with a $900 grant. The purpose of the grant is to establish two elevated planter boxes for the residents to plant herbs and vegetables for their use. Two groups were established: "Towers Flowers" and "Shovel Heads," and each group has a designated resident who shares their team's wants and needs with the building manager. The first plantings were completed on July 22 and the residents are hoping for a successful crops of herbs by late August.

Clearwater Community Volunteers Center Showers Foster babies with gifts

The Pinellas County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association recently hosted its annual baby shower at the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center in downtown Clearwater. Most foster and adoptive parents do not get nine months of preparation before welcoming a child in their family. Children ages 5 and under are by far the largest group of children in foster care, so the baby shower becomes a way to support those parents in their journey. Families received boxes of diapers, clothing and baby formula, and the children received new toys and stuffed animals.

Local St. Petersburg student completes intensive Broadway program

Katie Sebring, an International Baccalaureate student at St. Petersburg High School, has completed the Broadway Artists Alliance intensive program this summer for aspiring future Broadway performers. Broadway Artists Alliance, in the heart of New York City, is an elite, audition-based program that provides professional training for young theater performers taught by Tony Award winners, Broadway performers and New York's top casting directors, agents, coaches and choreographers. Sebring is a member of her local thespian group, troupe 2559 and most recently performed in St. Petersburg High School's musical production, Legally Blonde as Elle Woods.

Madeira Beach 14u Riptide softball team takes home World Series Title

The Madeira Beach 14u Riptide softball team went undefeated at the Babe Ruth World Series in Jensen Beach this month. It played eight games allowing only 12 runs and scoring 59. The final championship game was played against JPRD from Louisiana, last year's World Series Champions, with the Riptide winning, 7-3. Angie Ballew was the pitcher for the team and received the most awards of any player. She took home the Gold Glove Award All-Defensive Team, All World Series Team and Most Outstanding Player. Kate McClellan played EP (extra player) and received the All World Series Team. Randi Tubbs played first base and received the Gold Glove Award All-Defensive Team. Catcher Savanna Lanier received the Gold Glove Award All-Defensive Team, and shortstop Hailey Copechal received All World Series Team.

Compiled by Monique Welch, Times Staff Writer. Contact at


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