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CLEARWATER - People in need of help in Pinellas can call 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

It is “the virtual front door that listens, cares, and if needed, connects people to a local charity that can help them,” according to Executive Director Micki Thompson.

Pinellas County is joining the rest of the nation in recognizing National 2-1-1 Day on Feb. 11.
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The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office reminds voters that Tuesday, Feb. 16, is the deadline to register to vote and change political party affiliation for the March 15 Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Elections.

Registration is required for new voters by this deadline in order to participate in the March 15, elections. Voters who are already registered to vote in Florida do not need to re-register.

Visit VoteP­inell­as.co­m/Reg­istra­tionE­vents for a schedule of upcoming voter education and registration events.
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LARGO - Creative Pinellas, the county’s non-profit local arts agency, announced on Feb. 5 that Elizabeth Brincklow has joined the organization as the director of Community Engagement. 

Brincklow will be primarily responsible for initiating and managing a grants program for artists and nonprofit arts organizations, expected to launch in February.

Owner and president of Elizabeth Brincklow Arts LLC, Brincklow has been providing consulting services for government, arts and culture organizations and artists. As Cultural Affairs manager for the city of St. Petersburg she was instrumental in raising the status of the city as an arts-forward community, helping St. Petersburg achieve recognition as a No. 1 Art Destination (American Style Magazine) and gaining support for programs. She also provided leadership and facilitation for St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and for the establishment of that organization.
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Thursday, February 11
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Members of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 900 participated in the 2016 Florida Association of Police Explorers Delegates Meeting and Pistol Competition, Jan. 29-31, in Seminole County.

Sixteen members participated in the training event and pistol competition, which was hosted by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range.

Explorer Posts from around the state met for a full day of training, which consisted of several different scenarios covering many law enforcement topics, including hazardous materials, active shooting, high-risk traffic stops and crisis intervention techniques.
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LARGO - Creative Pinellas, the county’s non-profit local arts agency, will be holding a countywide summit on Friday, Feb. 19, 4- 6 p.m. at the former Gulf Coast Museum of Art building, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo.

The purpose of the summit is to share a number of new programs that Creative Pinellas is launching, including a new grants program for artists and arts organizations, to introduce new Board members and the organization’s new executive director, Barbara St. Clair, and to continue an open dialogue with the creative community.

“We are really moving forward as an organization,” said Creative Pinellas President Nancy Loehr. “In the next few weeks we are launching a grants program that we are very excited about, that will provide funding for educational programs as well as for individual artists. We are also about to launch a number of other initiatives that we are looking forward to sharing.”
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Tuesday, February 9
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CLEARWATER - Pinellas County wants to expand the uses on its property at 29582 U.S. 19 N. in unincorporated Dunedin. But several neighbors who attended a first public hearing Jan. 26 on a zoning request are opposed to those plans.

County staff has requested a zoning change from A-E, Agricultural Estate Residential, to PSP, Public/Semi-Public, for approximately 10.3 acres located on the west side of U.S. 19 North about a half mile south of Curlew Road. The site is currently designated as Industrial on the Future Land Use Map.
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CLEARWATER - Contractors for Pinellas County will be temporarily closing the westbound lanes of State Road 580 fronting Countryside High School from McMullen Booth Road to Landmark Drive on Friday, Feb. 12, to repair a leaking water main.

The work is scheduled to take place over the long weekend as students are out of school for President’s Day on Monday, Feb. 15. The repair is expected to be completed before students return on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Pinellas County Utilities has canceled a water system test, originally scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in preparation for the water main repair.
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Monday, February 8
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LARGO - The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office hosted the annual School Crossing Guard Program Appreciation Day Feb. 5 at the Administration Building, 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo and honored 117 members for their service.

Twenty-one received length of service certificates, seven received Train the Trainer certification, 27 received Florida Department Transportation certification, 30 received special recognition certificates and 32 received perfect attendance certificates.
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CLEARWATER - The Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County announced that Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed special projects coordinator, Trenia Cox, to the Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council.

Created in 2006, the 25-member council serves as a formal advisory group to the executive office of the Governor and to the legislature with a goal of enlisting, empowering, and expanding the work of volunteer faith-based and community-based organizations. The Council is tasked with providing annual recommendations that will encourage collaboration between the government and the faith-based community to improve social services for Floridians.

Cox has served with the Juvenile Welfare Board for 18 years, providing technical support, training and capacity-building to faith-based and other community partners and building a network of community advocates across Pinellas County.
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LARGO - The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office hosted a two-day training called “Communications Crisis Intervention Team, Train the Trainer,” Feb. 1-2 at Administration Building, 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

It was the first class being offered to emergency call takers and dispatchers. The course is designed to educate and prepare communications personnel to identify mental health crisis situations. Communications personnel will develop the skills needed to provide the responding law enforcement officer with critical information prior to their arrival on scene. The access and communication of this information will be crucial to safely and effectively handling situations involving persons with mental illness.

The CIT Program is a specialized training and practice for first-responder law enforcement officers and communications personnel. The training includes essential information about mental illnesses, and how to recognize it; information about the local mental health system and state laws; de-escalation skills; and the opportunity to learn first-hand from consumers and family members about their experiences.
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