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Former Phillies third baseman, Dave Hollins, makes contact with a pitch during the Phillies Phantasy Camp Jan. 20-24 at the Carpenter Complex, the Phillies' minor league facility in Clearwater.
CLEARWATER - A water main break has occurred in the Morningside neighborhood along Nursery Road in the vicinity of U.S. 19. Crews from the city of Clearwater’s Public Utilities department are on-site and are shutting down valves to begin replacing a section of the broken water main.

A contractor working in the 2400 block accidently struck and damaged the water main.

Affected addresses include 2401 Nursery Road all the way to U.S. 19, as well as others in the Morningside and Glenmoor area, who are experiencing low water pressure or yellow water.
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CLEARWATER - Community concerns over increasing traffic congestion have Clearwater City Council members looking down the road for solutions to the growing problem.

City manager Bill Horne brought the issue to the table Feb. 1 during the council’s regular workshop session.

“The mayor and I had several weeks ago a conversation around some of the concerns out in the community about beach traffic congestion,” Horne said during the discussion. “And the result of that, I think, were two main points the first was around the issue of short term measures. And the second had a much longer term perspective - do we have any vision of what life will be like once all of the hotel construction is completed?”
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CLEARWATER - After two years of planning and fundraising, veterans will soon be honored with a new memorial at Clearwater.

Clearwater city officials announced on Jan. 27 that construction of phase one of a veterans memorial at Crest Lake Park is set to begin this month. Temporary fencing has already been installed around the future home of the memorial and is the first step in securing the site for construction. The memorial will sit on the southeast corner of Crest Lake Park at Gulf Boulevard and South Lake Avenue.
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Thursday, January 28
CLEARWATER - Clearwater city officials moved forward with plans to replace asphalt streets in the Harbor Oaks neighborhood with a new brick overlay, despite concerns from some council members.

In September, the Clearwater City Council adopted a citywide brick street policy, which set forth steps and procedures for neighborhoods to request a brick overlay instead of repavement with traditional asphalt.

Leading the charge was Councilwoman Doreen Hock-DiPolitio, a resident of Harbor Oaks, who cited traffic calming, environmental impact and aesthetic value for a historic district as positives to consider.
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As a teenager growing up in Frankfurt, Germany, Rudy Scheffer contracted a terrible and glorious illness. Five decades later, the malady has not decreased its fever, and there appears to be no sign of a cure. Not that Scheffer wants one.

Scheffer of Safety Harbor was infected with the travel bug when, as a 16-year-old foreign exchange student, he went to school in France and Britain and got his first exposure to different cultures, languages, food and ways of doing things.
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CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater recently announced the launch of Clearwater Business SPARK, a network of resources provided by partners to support businesses and entrepreneurs in every stage of business.

The Clearwater Business SPARK network is made up of partners who are equipped to help identify and obtain resources needed to grow businesses and assist entrepreneurs in the greater Clearwater area. The partners in the network have the resources to assist in starting a business, expanding a business, networking, accessing funding and recommending hands-on tools to create a product.

“The creation of Clearwater Business SPARK begins a relationship between the city and its local partners that will ignite entrepreneurship and business development in greater Clearwater and enhance the city’s future and its business community,” said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos in a press release.
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CLEARWATER - The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys recently recognized the performance of Florida’s Family Law Attorney Gary E. Williams as 2015 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.
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Thursday, January 21
CLEARWATER - Following a presentation by city staff and a global infrastructure consulting company, Clearwater City Council members reviewed and accepted a comprehensive boating plan designed to vitalize Clearwater’s downtown waterfront and to market the area as a new boating destination.

City aviation and marina director William Morris and Mike Herrman of Moffatt & Nichol gave a presentation to city leaders during the council’s work session on Jan. 19.

The boating plan comes in response to objectives identified by the Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel, which came to Clearwater two years ago and made a series of recommendations. Among those was an increased focus on the city’s waterfront. In response to the report, the city commissioned a study, resulting in a comprehensive boat plan.
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Police Department is on the look out for persons of interest - but in this case, it’s a good thing.

The CPD will host a volunteer recruitment fair Saturday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Countryside Mall and all civic-minded residents with a little spare time and a passion for their community are encouraged to attend.
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Virginia “Gin” M. Donahue, 88, of Middletown, Rhode Island, formerly of Clearwater, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 at the Grand Islander Center.

Born in Methuen, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Henry W. and Catherine (Murray) Donahue, she had been a resident of Clearwater for many years.

She was a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston, class of 1949. Ms. Donahue had a successful career as an IBM Executive for 30 years, retiring in 1984. During her time at IBM, Gin oversaw the banking installation in Europe for two years. She also worked for Mitre Co. in Boston.
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CLEARWATER - Fox and Associates, CPA recently announced that it will now operate as FMA, CPA (Fox, Martukovich & Associates, CPA).

Mark Martukovich has been a partner of the firm since 2010 and is a CPA licensed in both Florida and Ohio. His background of over 17 years in commercial banking and business development along with his 28 years of accounting and tax experience has ensured growth and integrity for the future of FMA, CPA.
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Thursday, January 14
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SAFETY HARBOR - Everyone remembers prom night. The glitz. The glamour. The terrible punch. For the ladies, it means finding the perfect dress, having hair and nails expertly coiffed and painted and stepping out in impossibly high heels. For the gentlemen, it means donning a well-fitted tuxedo, polishing their dress shoes to a high shine and facing the age-old struggle with the neck tie.

Prom is a celebration. It’s a chance to step into the spotlight. It’s a night to shine.
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