Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Ride and Run with the Stars is Saturday, Dec. 3, at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. in Tierra Verde.
The family-friendly event features a 25-mile bike ride, 10K family ride, 5K certified race, 1-mile fun walk/skate, a silent auction, kid’s activities and a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf. Food, water and soda will be available while supplies last.
For 23 years, a group of people better known for the work they do to keep the county safe has devoted itself to making sure people in need have a merry Christmas. Proceeds from the annual event go to the Christmas Sharing Project, which provides food, clothing and toys for crime victims, children and families that have been nominated by members of the Sheriff’s Office.
CLEARWATER - By a unanimous decision Nov. 22, Janet Long will serve as the chair of the Pinellas County Commission for 2017. Commissioner Ken Welch received the nod from all six commissioners to take the position of vice-chair.
Commissioner Karen Seel was absent.
Long, who currently serves as vice-chair, was first elected to the District 1 seat on the commission in 2012. She was sworn in to another four-year term the same day she was elected chair for 2017. She ran without opposition in the Nov. 8 election.
One of the special traditions for coastal communities like Pinellas County is the magic of the boat parades that light the waterways bringing tradition to life year after year. The following is a list of some of the events planned in the local area.
St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena
The cities of St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena plan the annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on Friday, Dec. 2. The event is a time-honored tradition, making its way past St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena residences through the waters of Boca Ciega Bay. Residents can view the parade at Horan Park. There is no fee to enter and cash prizes to winners for best-decorated boats in several different categories.
LARGO - After years of planning and development, the city of Largo and other government agency partners are ready to break ground on Fire Station No. 43 at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at 2765 Bayway Ave. in Belleair Bluffs.
This groundbreaking event will not only signify the beginning of construction, but also will commemorate the partnership between Largo, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair and Pinellas County.
“We’re so excited to begin seeing this new fire station go from concept to reality and greatly appreciate the collaboration of our partnering agencies that is making it all possible,” Largo Fire Rescue Chief Shelby Willis said.
TREASURE ISLAND - It is said cats have nine lives and nothing else can match that. Perhaps an old fire truck in Treasure Island can come close.
The truck, an American LaFrance Cosmopolitan pumper, had its first life when it came off the assembly line in 1927. Its next life was in service in Pennsylvania for many years until it was retired.
But it wasn’t finished yet. It was given new life when George Dewar of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, bought it and moved it to his new home in Treasure Island. For a time it was stored in the garage of Dewar’s condo building until he moved it to the 19th hole of his business, Gulf Golf, a mini-putt attraction on Gulf Boulevard.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - It will be weeks before things are back to normal at Indian Rocks Beach City Hall, but when they are, expect to see a revamped auditorium, new office space for the public services department, a new board room for community use and more room in the library.
It is all happening because of what has been described as a long overdue modernization program for the facility, which was built in the early ’50s, and essentially hasn’t been changed much since then.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms with nearly every known human illness. The age-old question “why am I so tired” can often be answered by observing one or more personal habits, routines or overall lifestyle. Other times, fatigue can be a sign of something much more serious - even life threatening - like Hepatitis C.
In 2005, former U.S. Navy rescue diver Peter Harbachuck started feeling progressively tired, lethargic and weak. Even with increased sleep and an improved diet, nothing seemed to help.
Retailers have their work cut out for them as they vie for holiday shoppers’ dollars with bargains galore, all part of a plethora of before, day-of and after Black Friday sales.
For many, Black Friday is as much a part of Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and dressing and football. Thousands flock to the stores the day after to take advantage of holiday shopping deals. As one version of history tells it, and the versions are not all the same. Retailers count on Black Friday shoppers to spend enough cash to turn their annual sales from red (a loss) to black (a profit).