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Pinellas news briefs

Published Jun. 7

Actors needed for Titanic play

The Francis Wilson Playhouse is seeking actors for the following roles in its production of The Titanic:

John B. Thayer-1st Class Passenger (age 25+)

Edgar Beane - 2nd Class Passenger (age 25+)

Mr. Latimer - Steward (age 18-25)

Plus three supporting roles of Stoker No. 2 (age 18-30), Sailor No. 1 (age 18-30), and Stevedore No. 1 (age 18-30).

Actors interested in joining should email: Rehearsals begin this month.

Clearwater offering free lunch and snacks to students in need through the summer

The city of Clearwater is continuing its partnership with the Summer BreakSpot program, a USDA-sponsored program that provides free meals to children up to age 18 during their summer breaks. The program runs Monday to Friday.

Sites that offer this program include:

Clearwater Main Library (100 N Osceola Ave.)

Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m.

Snack: 3:30 to 4 p.m.

North Greenwood Recreation Center (900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.)

Lunch: 11:30 noon

Snack: 3 to 4 p.m.

Ross Norton Recreation and Aquatic Center (1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.)

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Snack: 3 to 4 p.m.

Visit for more information and to find other Summer BreakSpot locations.

Community invited to Shore Acres Recreation Center Replacement Project meeting

Community members are invited to join the city of St. Petersburg Engineering and Capital Improvements Department to learn about the upcoming Shore Acres Recreation Center Replacement Project. Initial project drawings will be submitted for public review. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments at the end of the presentation.

Clothes to Kids seeking donations

Clothes to Kids is seeking donations for its annual Back to School drive. The organization is seeking donations of elementary girls and boys clothes sizes 6-16, junior sizes 0-22 and young men sizes 18-44. In addition to clothes, the organization is also accepting accessories, new socks and underwear and shoes suitable for school. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, at any of three locations: 5011-H West Hillsborough Ave., Tampa; 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater; and 2168 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 441-5050 or visit website at


  1. Less than a month after being fired, former St. Petersburg Housing Authority CEO Tony Love wants the agency to give him a job running its development nonprofit at the same $157,000 salary. That offer, part of ongoing negotiations over his severance, was rejected by the agency's board.
    Tony Love’s attorney tells the agency that fired him he wants full salary and benefits through 2020. The board rejects his offer.
  2. John Jonchuck returned to a Pinellas County courtroom last month to attend a hearing about whether he was entitled to a new trial. A judge on Tuesday ruled that he is not. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
    Jonchuck was convicted of first-degree murder in April. He dropped his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe Jonchuck, off a bridge in 2015.
  3. Falo Kane, 32, of Clearwater, faces four counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person and a violation of probation charge, according to police. [CLEARWATER POLICE DEPARTMENT]  |  Clearwater Police Department
    There were four victims, police said. One was in a wheelchair and another was a disabled stroke patient. The accused wrote a letter of apology.
  4. A study found that two of the worst intersections in the country for running red lights are in the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay Times
    Two intersections are among the worst for running red lights
  5. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. TMCCARTY  |  times staff
    The 15-year-old student was arrested Monday after shouting the threat out loud, according to St. Petersburg police.
  6. Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, a Republican, has asked for a City Council vote on a resolution asking congress for gun control measures. DOUGLAS CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    However, the Republican’s symbolic resolution will almost certainly fail.
  7. Yesterday• Pinellas
    Ele Fox, Kiwanis Club of Dunedin member, and Joe Mackin, president of the Dunedin Cares Food Pantry are pictured in front of the case of meals they received to be distributed to families in need in the Dunedin area. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Bessette. Stephanie Bessette
    Local Kiwanis clubs supply food in service project
  8. Yesterday• Pinellas
    Cleo. Photo courtesy of Friends of Stray Animal Shelter. BY MONIQUE WELCH  |  Friends of Stray Animal Shelter
    Meet Cleo.
  9. Yesterday• Pinellas
    On Aug. 3, members of local nonprofit, The Brian Bill Foundation, participated in the 31Miles for 31Heroes walk in Washington to honor fallen soldiers. Brian Bill Foundation
    Elks attend D-Day anniversary
  10. Florida Department of Transportation workers inspect damage to the Interstate 175 overpass at Sixth Street S caused by a roll-off dumpster truck that left its hydraulic arm upright, according to St. Petersburg police. The incident sent concrete falling onto Sixth Street S below. Courtesy St. Petersburg Police Department
    Sixth Street S from Fourth Avenue S to Fifth Avenue S will be closed for up to three weeks for repairs, state officials say.