CLEARWATER - It’s shiny and new and is awash with that new building smell - and it is ready to serve you.
The much-anticipated opening of the Clearwater Fire Station No. 45 is right around the corner and the public is invited to attend. A grand opening celebration is planned for Monday, Jan. 26, 2 to 4 p.m., at the new facility’s 1140 Court St. location.
The original facility was built in 1974 at 610 Franklin St. in Clearwater. However, the years were not kind to it, fire Chief Robert Weiss said.
CLEARWATER - The Clearwater City Council is asking city residents to take control of their pets and to face their four-legged family member’s feces head on.
Council members voted Jan. 21 to pass a pet excrement ordinance requiring owners to scoop their pet’s poop on both private and public properties.
The ordinance requires that persons in control of dogs located on property other then their own to remove and dispose of excrement in a sanitary manner. In addition, the ordinance prohibits dog owners from allowing the accumulation of excrement on his or her property in a manner that creates a health hazard or public nuisance.
CLEARWATER - A 16-year-old male was arrested Jan. 21 in connection with a car stolen Monday night with a child inside.
Clearwater police detectives changed the unidentified teen with grand theft auto. He was taken the Juvenile Assessment Center.
According to the police report, the teen said he did not know the child was asleep in the back of the car when he took the vehicle.
Clearwater police responded to a call about a stolen car with a 6-year-old boy inside about 10:50 p.m. Jan. 19. The white Ford Mustang convertible had been parked at the King James Apartments, 2045 Alpine Road. According to the police report from that night, the driver of the car left the child asleep while she went inside an apartment.
CLEARWATER - The parent company of PODS recently announced the signing of a binding agreement to sell the company, in its entirety, to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’).
Details on the deal have not been disclosed and it is likely the sale will be finalized in the first quarter of 2015 according to a press release. PODS utilized Barclays as its exclusive financial advisor.
This transaction is led by Teachers’ Long-Term Equities group, which focuses on direct investments with steady cash flow, growth potential over a long-term horizon and a low to moderate level of risk.
SAFETY HARBOR - Library Lovers and members of the public are invited to create a fantasy art piece celebrating the love of books and libraries during February 2015.
The first place winner will receive a Fire Kindle HD 7. Additional prizes will be awarded for second, third, and honorable mention. Entries can be created in any form, from bookends to sculptures to wearable art and must include materials from used books.
Entries are due back to the library on or before Feb. 28 with a completed entry form. The contest is open to all ages. Group and family entries are encouraged. All entries will be photographed and posted to library social media sites and be on exhibit in the library lobby through March 18.
CLEARWATER - Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, and a coalition of Clearwater community leaders wants to help keep that dream alive.
Members of the Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition have worked for the past three years to breathe life into a community center once slated for demolition and the fruits of their labor are finally paying off.
Saturday marks the grand reopening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center and organizers are hoping the public will come out and see all it has to offer.
CLEARWATER - The old scoreboard at the city-owned Bright House Field, where the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team plays its spring training games, was so dilapidated that Phillies Florida LLC, the team’s local affiliate, shelled out $300,700 to replace it with a new, state-of-the-art video scoreboard.
The Clearwater City Council is expected to approve the reimbursement of the team for that amount at its Jan. 15 meeting. At its work session Jan. 12, the council voted to put the measure on the consent agenda, virtually guaranteeing its passage.
“It will change the experience at the ballpark,” Clearwater’s director of parks and recreation Kevin Dunbar said of the new board in a recent telephone interview. “It’s basically the same as a Jumbotron.”
CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department is seeking individuals, couples or families interested in hosting visitors from Nagano, Japan, from Feb. 8 until Feb. 11.
To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Sister Cities relationship between Clearwater and Nagano, an adult delegation from Nagano will travel to Clearwater. Both the delegates and homestay hosts will participate in a variety of official and celebratory activities.
In addition to providing accommodations, homestay hosts will be expected to introduce their visitors to American life and provide transportation to and from events. The homestay arrangement is preferred by the visitors as it provides a positive learning environment, a more complete cultural immersion experience, and often forges lifelong friendships between the visitors and their host families.
City Power Toastmasters Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.
The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.
Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.
Historical Society meeting SEMINOLE – Jay Starkey Jr. will speak at the Seminole Historical Society meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N., Room 210B.
He is the son of Jay Starkey Sr., the pioneer Pinellas County resident for whom Starkey Road is named. Jay Sr. was not only a local cattle rancher, but also the County tax collector, a bank director and a conservationist who worked to preserve Pinellas’ beauty.
His son will speak about his impact on the county and Florida’s west coast in the 20th century.
Copies of “Things I Remember,” written by Jay Sr., will be available at the meeting to members at no charge while supplies last.
Admission is free; the public is invited to attend.
Call 391-1433 for more information.
Largo Toastmasters meeting LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
MOAA luncheon The Clearwater Chapter of The Military Officers Association (MOAA) will meet at the Clearwater Country Club, 525 Betty Lane, at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 for its monthly luncheon. The guest speaker will be Col. Bill Horne, USAF RET.
All military officers, their spouses, survivors and auxiliary members are invited. Jackets are requested. Reservations are required. Call Jane Belson at 535-9151.
NARFE Chapter 1140 luncheon meeting ST. PETERSBURG – Chapter 1140 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will host its next monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m., at the Teppanyaki Grill and Supreme Buffet Restaurant, 391 34th St. N.
NARFE Chapter 1140 includes the Gulf Beaches and southern Pinellas County. All Federal retirees and active Federal employees are encouraged to attend. Spouses and guests are welcome to attend.
There will be a discussion of up-to-date issues particularly relevant for active and retired Federal employees. New officers for 2015 will be introduced. For information, call 446-1619.
Evening of jazz The Safety Harbor Library Foundation invites the public to swing with jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin and her dynamic band at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29. Prior to the show at 6:30 p.m., there will be a wine and cheese reception with opportunities for silent auction items.
All proceeds will support the Foundation’s 20/20 Vision – Let’s Build a Story capital campaign. The program is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.
Clearwater Public Library book sale CLEARWATER – The Friends of the Clearwater Public Library will host a book sale on Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Jan. 30-31, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave
. A special collectibles area will be set aside for rare and collectible books. Each book is individually priced.
A special pre-sale event with entry donation of $10 will be held on Jan. 28, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Daughters of Italy to host meeting DUNEDIN – The Daughters of Italy Lodge No. 2825 will host its monthly meeting on Jan. 29 at Clearwater Community Church, room 206 of the education building, 2897 Belcher Road.
Italian and non-Italian women and their guests are invited to attend. Buffet dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m.; cost is $8 per person. Please RSVP by Jan. 22.
Fit Over 50 expo set SEMINOLE – The city of Seminole will host its 14th annual Fit Over 50 health and wellness expo Thursday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
This event, which focuses on the health and wellness of Pinellas County seniors, will include freebies, entertainment, a healthy salad buffet, a vendor expo, hands-on fitness and wellness demonstrations, health screenings and more.
This expo is free and open to the public.
Call Kristyn Sabbag at 391-8345 for more information.