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CLEARWATER - A life-long Clearwater sailor is on a quest to have a dream come true. Brad Kendall, 34, is a crewmember on the #1 ranked Paralympic Sonar crew. The goal is to qualify to represent the United States at the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janiero in 2016.

This is not the first time Kendall has tried or “campaigned” in sailor-speak. In 2009 he and the rest of the crew campaigned to make the London Olympics in 2012 but were unsuccessful. This time he and Skipper Rick Doerr of New Jersey and Hugh Freund of Maine hope things will be different.

“Here’s how it goes with the U.S.-Sperry sailing team,” he explained. “Right now we’re the number one Sonar team and we have been number one for several years.”
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As the seas warm up, so do dolphin passions. You are increasingly likely to see spring passions hit fever pitch at sea. Many springtime passions are displayed by pairs of bottlenose dolphin bulls.

Adult male dolphins in our local waters pair up and form alliances. Their alliances are not just for the rites of spring. Male bonds last for years.

Not all bonded bull buddies are created equal. Each has its own rank in the dominance hierarchy of local bullpen politics. And political it is!
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Water temperatures and wind direction have been perfect for so long that we really haven’t needed to monitor the forecasts all that much. Just wake up and go fishing. Sure it’s been windier some days more than others but nothing to prevent you from executing your game plan. With that said, looking ahead at the next several days, a definite change in the current weather pattern is coming.

Just as thoughts begin to surface of the silver king (tarpon) migration, west winds become a factor yet again. Plagued by this pattern the past couple of seasons, we can only hope that we’ll be back to an offshore wind flow soon.
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In Florida, as with any variable climate, there’s a trick to planting landscape: know your land.

“It comes down to selecting the right plant for the right place. That’s a Florida-friendly principle,” said Jane Morse, the commercial horticulture extension agent for the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension. “You have to look at how much sun your land gets, how well the soil drains, the salt tolerance. It all matters.”
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a marine life rescue center, will kick off turtle nesting season by hosting the first Sea Turtle Awareness Day on Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Clearwater Beach at Pier 60.

The public is invited to help clear the beach for the turtle babies from 9 to 11 a.m. After the cleanup, there will be fun, educational activities with Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s sea turtle nesting patrol team. The community can help create a safe, happy environment for the upcoming sea turtles and their hatchlings.

Sea turtle nesting season occurs May through October. Sea turtles nest at night and can be impeded by artificial lights, chairs, sandcastles, toys, and trash - all which can prevent adults from nesting successfully and avert hatchlings from reaching the sea.
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DAYTONA BEACH - Pinellas County was the big winner, claiming two tennis titles among five men’s and women’s division winners, at the 2015 United States Tennis Association Adult 65 & Over League Sectional Championships held April 10-12 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

The Shipwatch Tennis Club in Largo came out on top in the Men’s 8.0 Division. A team from McMullen Tennis Center in Clearwater took the Women’s 8.0 Division.

Teams consisted of three doubles lines competing in a non-elimination round robin format. The winner of each flight advanced into a single-elimination semifinal, followed by the final.
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Tuesday, April 15
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Strong incoming tides this week have had the big three inshore species redfish, trout, and snook along with a host of other hungry predators feeding well first thing in the morning. Perfect weather and tides are to thank for a recent insurgence of the live bait that the fish are really keying in on countywide.

Anglers can cast nets along bridge shadow lines in the pre-dawn hours or chum the bait up along deep grass just inside the passes. Large volume live wells with at least 1100 GPH pumps are a must if you want to hold a few hundred pilchards.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Tampa Bay Watch and the Tampa Bay Rays will kick off a fourth year of partnership - entitled Break a Bat, Plant a Ball - on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, at the Rays game versus the Boston Red Sox, set for 7:10 p.m., at 1 Tropicana Drive.

The Rays support Tampa Bay Watch by funding the construction of an oyster ball, also known as an oyster dome, when the first bat is broken in every home game during the baseball season. Prior to the game on Earth Day, the Rays will present a commemorative check on field to Tampa Bay Watch for $6,075, the proceeds of the 2014 season’s Break a Bat, Plant a Ball program. Doug Sokolowski, member of the Tampa Bay Watch board of directors will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. Additionally, Tampa Bay Watch will man the Rays’ Community Corner.
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• Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Boca Ciega High School’s class of 1955 reunion
TREASURE ISLAND – Boca Ciega High School’s class of 1955 will host its 60th reunion April 27-29 at the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd. Alumni interested in attending should call Pam Shaffer Lanning at 347-2809 or Jeanne Logan Brown at 412-8192.
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Financial Literacy Month workshops
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St., will offer a series of workshops to recognize Financial Literacy Month this April. The workshops take place on Tuesdays, 1 to 2 p.m.

The workshop, “Budgeting Help/Ways to Save” on April 14, is presented by Achieva. Wells Fargo presents the April 21 workshop, “Avoiding Big Mistakes When Saving for Retirement,” while PBS Frontline presents “Secret History of the Credit Card” on April 28.

This series is free and open to the public. Call Sunita Kumari at 394-6136 for more information.
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Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. 

On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. 

Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.  

The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.

To help, contact Karena Morrison at 518-4659.
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Safe boating class
ST. PETE BEACH – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 12-week continuous cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings Tuesdays, 7 p.m., in the Warren Webster Building, at 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.

Attendees can start at their convenience. New participants should arrive for their first class at 6:30 p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of program topics.

The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship 14th edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program, which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks. Cost is $60 for couples sharing the materials.

For information, call Jim at 360-4846, Warren at 321-7801 or Phil at 865-2226.
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Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting
SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.

This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and other leaders, or those aspiring to learn vital leadership and communication skills.

Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.
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SilverSneakers FLEX program
TREASURE ISLAND – The SilverSneakers FLEX program is now available Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 106th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. The program is free to SilverSneakers members and $5 per class for others.

The workout includes easy-to-follow, low-impact movement and upper-body strength, abdominal conditioning, stretching and relaxation exercises designed to energize your life style. Chairs are available.

For additional information, contact instructor Linda Roeder at 920-376-0214 or email linda@whereslinda.net.  
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SWAT Networking
ST. PETERSBURG – Successful Women Aligning Together will meet Tuesday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the St. Petersburg Country Club, 2000 Country Club Way S.

SWAT Networking hosts lunchtime meetings in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Manasota, Anna Maria Island, Parrish, Nokomis and St. Petersburg. The networking organization provides a venue for businesswomen to gather and support each other. Attendees may bring business cards, brochures and flyers.

For information, visit www.swatnetworking.com.  
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Take a Hand support group meeting
LARGO – Take a Hand, a support group for parents and caregivers of teenagers suffering from substance abuse and behavioral issues will meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in portable 1A of Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road.

The group, started with the support of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, will invite guest speakers to offer advice and support to those caring for addicted teenagers, including information about the judicial system, residential treatment and more. The meetings are designed to be a safe place for parents, relatives and friends.

For more information, contact Missy Peterson at 214-4527 or takeahandmeeting@gmail.com.
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• Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Boca Ciega High School’s class of 1955 reunion
TREASURE ISLAND – Boca Ciega High School’s class of 1955 will host its 60th reunion April 27-29 at the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd. Alumni interested in attending should call Pam Shaffer Lanning at 347-2809 or Jeanne Logan Brown at 412-8192.
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