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CLEARWATER - Sixteen students shuffled into the music room at High Point YMCA on a humid Saturday morning, chattering with excitement as they unpacked cases, set up stands and pulled out sheet music.

Within minutes, a cacophony of rosining bows echoed off the walls, the sound of music before it begins to breathe.

A last-minute flurry of jostling chairs and nervous energy; then silence.
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CLEARWATER - In its first meeting in nearly a month, the Clearwater City Council gave preliminary approval to the city’s 2017 fiscal budget on July 21 at city hall.

The proposed $468 million budget, submitted and presented by city manager Bill Horne, will keep the city’s millage rate at 5.1550 mills for its eighth consecutive year. The budget reflects an increase of $27 million across all city operations, Horne said.
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CLEARWATER - As the city of Clearwater begins to shape its new vision for the downtown waterfront, officials want residents’ voices to be heard.

The city will host a series of workshops where residents can “Imagine Clearwater” and take part in group discussions in an effort to determine the future of the waterfront. The first of the workshops is scheduled for Aug. 1-3 in three locations throughout the city.
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CLEARWATER - Island Estates Women’s Club invites applications for membership from anyone who lives on or off Island Estates.

The club, which describes itself as “150-plus strong local women with a philanthropic purpose,” is dedicated to improving the community. Its activities include speakers at its regular luncheon meetings, events, programs and group outings.

It sponsors two major fundraisers each year, one to raise money for scholarships for young women at Clearwater High School, and the other to fund a mammography voucher program.
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Thursday, July 21
CLEARWATER - In an effort to preserve area wetlands, the city of Clearwater last week purchased almost 100 acres surrounding the former Clearwater Christian College.

The land, which was purchased for $1.36 million, first came to the attention of city officials last year once the college announced plans to close its doors. All of its entailed property was put up for sale for $18 million and included the wetlands and campus buildings and infrastructure.

“We realized we wouldn’t be able to afford the upkeep on the structures,” said Clearwater engineering department manager Ed Chesney. “We decided to move in on just the wetlands.
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CLEARWATER - Hope Presbyterian Church is asking the community to help the church support the July Clothes to Kids campaign.

Every July, Clothes to Kids hosts an underwear drive called Drop (off) Your Drawers. The drive is designed to collect and “underwrite” underwear - a basic part of the CTK wardrobe. Donations are sought to help support CTK’s mission and help the church provide this basic necessity.
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CLEARWATER - First United Methodist Church of Clearwater completed roof repairs in time for the rainy season thanks to a donation by the Finkenbinder family.

“We are thankful for Glen and Harriet Finkenbinder’s generous donation,” said the Rev. Daphne Johnson in a press release.
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CLEARWATER - As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, Morton Plant Hospital has opened “100 Years of Morton Plant Hospital,” a photo exhibit, at the main branch of the Clearwater Public Library, 100 N Osceola Avenue, Clearwater.

The exhibit is a pictorial history depicting Morton Plant Hospital’s 100 years of service to the community. Exhibits include photos of people who have helped shape and nurture the hospital, medical advances over the last century and the new Doyle Tower under construction at Morton Plant Hospital.

“We are grateful that the Clearwater Public Library has allowed us to use this public venue to visually convey Morton Plant Hospital’s rich history to our community,” said Kris Hoce, president of Morton Plant Hospital, in a press release.
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CLEARWATER - Celebrating its 30th year in August, Piper Fire Protection has new service offerings from its newest division, Piper electrical services.

“Throughout my 20 years of leadership, our customers have encouraged us to continually add more services,” said Chris Johnson, president of Piper Fire Protection, in a press release. “We took over a small electrical company last year and after an extensive talent search, we hired Gary Wells as manager of our new electrical services division. Wells has decades of industry knowledge in servicing and installing complex industrial and commercial electrical systems. In just a few months, he has added three new service and installation crews for both our present and new clients.”

Piper Fire Protection already had fire sprinkler, fire alarm and fire suppression divisions that offer services including fire pump service and repair, access control, security, video monitoring, fire extinguishers, kitchen suppression and hood cleaning, among many others. All services are available in the Pinellas main office and a Sarasota office covering Sarasota and Manatee counties.
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Thursday, July 14
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CLEARWATER - Vincent van Gogh once said of his art, “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

Clearwater artist Laurie Anspach works to embody that sentiment each day.

A visual artist whose medium is oil painting, Anspach, who studied social work in New York before earning her art degree, has long considered it important to volunteer in her community and continued to so after moving to Clearwater.

Two years ago, Anspach began her volunteer work with a national nonprofit organization, Hearts Apart, by painting portraits of service men and women prior to deployment. She also offered her talents to the Heart Gallery, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about foster children.
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CLEARWATER - Representatives with Ruth Eckerd Hall announced on July 5 plans to partner with the city of Clearwater to increase usage of the waterfront.

The decision comes following a series of meetings with the city’s parks department and is in keeping with recommendations from an Urban Land Institute study commissioned two years ago.

The plan calls for the creation of a downtown entertainment pavilion with events organized by Ruth Eckerd Hall.
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