On behalf of the NFL, NFL Network, the members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Bright House Networks presented the city of Clearwater with a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant for health and wellness programming or equipment on May 14. The donation will support the North Greenwood community in Clearwater, home of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Field. The field was opened in 2013 through a partnership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Clearwater For Youth Inc., and the National Football League Grassroots Program. Buccaneers players participated in a special assembly and speak to students about the importance of staying active. During the visit, players lead kids in fitness activities, as part of NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign, helping kids get 60 minutes of exercise a day.
CLEARWATER - Clearwater city council members must soon decide whether or not to put a stop to a red-light camera program it put in place in 2012.
During a regular workshop Monday afternoon, Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter sought direction from city officials about the future of the city’s red-light camera program, which is up for renewal at the end of July.
According to Slaughter, the city’s contract with REDFLEX is automatically set to renew on July 31 for a two-year term. However, a recent Florida Fourth District Court of Appeals decision has called into question the legality of such programs.
CLEARWATER - Centennial festivities are well underway in the city of Clearwater, and luckily, officials have managed to sidestep a potential fly in the celebratory ointment - one that could have marred the upcoming merriment.
Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne informed council members during a May 7 meeting that an issue with the centennial monument, which carries with it more than a half-million dollar price tag, had arisen and needed immediate attention.
According to Horne, officials with Florida Department of Transportation initially approved the monument, which will be constructed on right-of-way land leased by the city from the state. However, that approval came into question last week due to the design - in particular the height - of the structure.
CLEARWATER - City council members agreed to partner with Parkmobile of Atlanta to bring pay by cell parking technology to Clearwater.
During a May 4 workshop meeting, Charles Wilson of the Clearwater engineering department, spoke to council members about the new technology, which will allow citizens to pay for parking through an app on their cell phones, rather than with credit cards or cash.
According to Wilson, the technology will allow customers to pay for parking via cell phone, and the app will notify them when their session is about to expire, giving the option of paying for additional parking if needed. Wilson said he hopes the program will help eliminate the number of parking citations accrued on the beach.
CLEARWATER - Parking in the city of Clearwater may soon enter the digital age. City council members will address a proposal by the engineering department to partner with Parkmobile of Atlanta to bring pay by cell parking technology to Clearwater during a regular meeting on Thursday, May 7.
Charles Wilson spoke to council members the afternoon of May 4 during a workshop session about new technology, which will allow citizens to pay for parking through an app on their cell phones, rather than with credit cards or cash.
“The pay by phone phenomenon will allow people to not have to carry cash or use cash to pay for their parking session,” Wilson said. “People are reducing the amount of cash they carry on them and want us to find a new way to pay for a parking session.”
CLEARWATER - The Capitol Theatre, managed by Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc., and Creative Sign Designs, a full-service sign company with headquarters in Tampa, received honorable mention in the category of electric building signs at the 2015 International Sign Design Contest in the April issue of “Signs of the Times” magazine.
Randy Gilmore, director of art at Ruth Eckerd Hall, created the sign’s design.
The sign cabinet design is a back-lit crown, vertical scroll work and custom capital channel letters. The sign features an exposed LED bulb channel border with a flash-chase effect and the ability to synchronize the multi-color effects.
CLEARWATER - Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Board of Directors and management team have elected to enhance and expand the existing Island Estates facility instead of relocating downtown.
The decision came after several months of dialogue, analysis, stakeholder input and weighing the available options, according to a April 30 media release.
“While the downtown location offered many benefits, many issues had to align in a timely manner for the project to succeed. This decision provides a quicker path to achieve our goals in support of our mission. We are very grateful to the community for its support as our organization explored all options,” said Board Chairman John Draheim.
CLEARWATER - Entertainment industry trade publication “Pollstar” recently announced the results of its first quarter report and Ruth Eckerd Hall was ranked No. 10 in the world of theater venues for the period from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2015.
Within that same ranking, Ruth Eckerd Hall is No. 6 in the United States. It also was announced in this same report that the Capitol Theatre was ranked No. 29 in the world of club venues and in that same ranking the Capitol Theatre is No. 26 in the United States and No. 1 in Florida. In the third category of this report, Ruth Eckerd Hall Presents is ranked No. 35 in the world of concert promoter. Within that same ranking, Ruth Eckerd Hall Presents is ranked No. 15 in the United States.
Ruth Eckerd Hall ranked higher than such prestigious venues as Club Nokia in Los Angeles, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the Beacon Theatre in New York.
CLEARWATER - Downtown development in Clearwater is a priority for community leaders, who recently met to discuss the current status and future of the city.
The Clearwater City Council met with members of the Downtown Development Board, Clearwater Downtown Partnership and the Regional Chamber of Commerce during a meeting of the Community Redevelopment Agency April 13 at the Clearwater Main Library to get public input on the future of downtown.
“My colleagues on the Community Redevelopment Agency and I have asked for this meeting to help each of us and you address the mutual goals of the ULI that they raised for the Cleveland District, the East Gateway District and the Old Clearwater Bay District,” Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos said at the beginning of the meeting.
Author talk and book-signing DUNEDIN – Author Fawn Germer will host a talk and book-signing event on Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m., at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave.
Germer – a bestselling, Oprah-featured author and speaker – will talk about her new book, “Reset.” After a year of grief, loss and hard knocks, Germer trekked 70 miles of Pinellas County beach and discovered the power of reset.
A books-signing will follow the program. Call 289-3080.
Indian Rocks Beach Library story time INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Story time resumes again at the Indian Rocks Beach Library.
The program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.
Children of all ages are invited.
Oil painting classes INDIAN SHORES – Oil painting classes are held Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Indian Shores Municipal Building, 19305 Gulf Blvd.
Classes are for both beginners and the more experienced intermediate artists. New students begin with basic fundamentals and move toward working independently from their own photographs or subject matter.
Class time consists of a demo, an instructional time, painting time, and critique time. Instructor Betsy Schoepf works with each student individually.
Students will learn about paints, brushes, color mixing, composition, and all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting. Individual creativity is emphasized.
The class fee is $25 per session. The class is continuous. No membership is necessary.
For more information, call 595-1083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ombudsman local council meeting LARGO – The local council of Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes.
The local council is seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. Special training and certification is provided.
All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents – who often have no one else to advocate for them – are encouraged to call 888-831-0404 or visit the program’s website at ombudsman.myflorida.com.
The local council meets to discuss the program’s current activities and give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues on the fourth Thursdays at the Mary Grizzle Building, 11351 Ulmerton Road, Room 136, in Largo. The open session of these meetings begins at 1 p.m.
Concerned citizens and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend.
Pinellas Seminole Women’s Club indoor picnic SEMINOLE – The Pinellas Seminole Women’s Club will host an indoor picnic Thursday, May 28, 11:30 a.m., at Freedom Square’s Roskamp Auditorium, 7800 Liberty Lane.
Cost is $12 for lunch.
Funds raised will be used to provide scholarships to women.
For more information, call 581-8745.
Seminole Junior Woman’s Club meeting SEMINOLE – The GFWC Seminole Junior Woman’s Club meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
The group is dedicated to serving the community, particularly through programs helping children. Club activities include providing dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg; and the SJWC’s annual “Share Our Spirit” food drive, which helps feed Seminole children during the winter holiday break.
Vegetable, Herb and Tropical Fruit Garden tours LARGO – Tours of the Vegetable, Herb and Tropical Fruit Garden will be offered Thursdays, May 14 and 28, 9 to 11 a.m., at the UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County, 12520 Ulmerton Road.
The tour gives participants an opportunity to explore the vegetable garden, compost demonstration area, herb garden and the tropical fruit garden of the Florida Botanical Gardens to learn about growing their own food. Tours are limited to groups of four to 16 people. Advance registration required.
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave.
The cost is $3 and $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.