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BELLEAIR - After weeks of dealing with accusations of micromanaging and interference in day-to-day operations, Police Chief Tom Edwards has resigned. His resignation came in a brief letter to Town Manager Micah Maxwell on Sept. 15.

“I would like to provide you two weeks’ notice and tender my resignation with the town of Belleair effective on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the close of business,” wrote Edwards. “If I can assist you in any way in the future please do not hesitate to contact me.”

With that, Edwards eight-year tenure as Police Chief ended.
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CLEARWATER - Last year when Pinellas County implemented its surface water assessment fee for unincorporated residents, some complained.

But this year, an overflow crowd showed up to protest after some received bills as much as 340 percent higher. Nearly all were residents of mobile home parks.

Kelli Levy, Natural Resources Section manager, explained that last year’s bills were incorrect - incomplete. This year’s assessments are more accurate. They were calculated using data from digitized images, showing all the impervious surfaces inside the different parks, including roads, swimming pools, patios, shuffleboard courts and other structures besides the mobile homes.

Assessments that are more accurate allow the county to capture the best revenue stream based on the amount of runoff from each property. Rainwater and water from sprinklers flow out onto the ground, which becomes saturated. The excess water, or runoff, continues onto sidewalks and streets, picking up pollutants as it then flows into storm drains, ponds, ditches and on into the county’s waterways and Gulf of Mexico.
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CLEARWATER - Representatives of Faith in Action for Strength Together lobbied Pinellas County Commissioners for more money for dental care during the first budget hearing Sept. 11.

They were the only ones from the public to make comment about the proposed budgets for fiscal year 2014-2015.

Commissioners allocated an additional $500,000 to its Health and Community Services Department for dental care in the coming year. According to Lynda Leedy, interim HCS executive director, $300,000 will be used to serve residents with incomes of 100 percent of the poverty level or less. The remaining $200,000 will be used to serve those who make 200 percent of the poverty level or less.
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter recently announced three significant promotions in the department, some caused by a ripple effect from the resignation of Deputy Chief Sandra Wilson. All promotions went into effect on Saturday, Sept. 6, and Wilson’s last day was on Sept. 5.

Donald Hall replaced Wilson as deputy chief, promoted from his previous position as major of the criminal investigations division; Eric Gandy was promoted to patrol major from criminal investigations lieutenant and SWAT commander; David Dalton, who was a lieutenant in the support services division took Hall’s previous position as the CID major.
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SEMINOLE - On Sept. 5, Brenda Dannewitz, Osceola Middle School’s longtime chorus teacher, and several other teachers sorted through items in the school’s time capsule - old T-shirts with the OMS’ original insignia, decades-old copies of the school newspaper Chief’s Chatter, a locker organizer made by a woodworking student.

“We looked through things and laughed at things and talked about hairdos and music,” Dannewitz said. “It was a lot of fun.”
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LARGO - The Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas gave two donations - $500 to the Suncoast Voices For Children and $250 to the West Coast Players - during its meeting Sept. 5.

The Suncoast Voices for Children provides financial assistance and community resources for abused and neglected children in the foster care system of Pinellas and Pasco counties.

The organization provides beds, cribs, playpens, school supplies, clothing and more to help each child feel cared for and provide motivation to overcome the obstacles of foster care so they can succeed in life. For more information about the group, visit www.suncoastchildren.org.
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CLEARWATER - The entire student population of Paul B. Stephens School in Clearwater, all 220 students, are special needs students. All have some sort of physical or mental disability, which means they require special help to learn.

The majority of the students at the school are autistic and teaching those children often requires special equipment, which - although necessary - is expensive. That’s where Vera Sheremeta, an Occupational Therapist at the school, comes in. She has been out in the community telling all who will listen about why the equipment is needed.
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Hurricane Edouard is the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season. As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, making it a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Edouard was located about 420 miles east of Bermuda, moving north-northwest at 13 mph. The hurricane will remain over open water. It is no threat to land.
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