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CLEARWATER - Robert’s Christmas Wonderland has been a holiday staple in the Tampa Bay Area for the last four decades. Tourists and locals flock to the store to get their hands on quirky ornaments and more. Couples have even gotten engaged under an icicle walkway in the shop.

The Frank family opened their Christmas store in 1972.

When Bob Frank moved down to Florida with his wife Rita, his father, who was a Christmas tree salesman, suggested that the family open up a Christmas store. The business was originally called Robert’s Christmas World and located in Pinellas Park. It merged with Christmas Wonderland in Clearwater in 1990, becoming Robert’s Christmas Wonderland.
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CLEARWATER - On July 25, Mothers of Minors hosted Showers of Love, a community baby shower for young ladies from ages 13 to 23 at the Clearwater MLK Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition.

MOM, a nonprofit organization founded by three single mothers, showered new and expecting mothers with gifts, food and party games.

Andrea Clark, CEO of MOM, wanted to help young women who were struggling and going through hard times. She was inspired to put a shower together when she heard of a similar event held by an organization in Tampa. She also was motivated because she knew what these women were going through.
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Thursday, July 23
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CLEARWATER - From the world’s first coffee filter to the first 100 percent recyclable single-serve coffee capsule, Melitta has always been known for innovation.

It all started with Melitta Bentz, a German housewife who cut up a piece of her son’s blotter paper to create the world’s first coffee filter. This July marked the 107th anniversary of Bentz’s coffee filter patent. The now worldwide company Melitta continues to churn out new coffee inventions, all while continuing to preserve the family business mindset and integrity that it was founded on.
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CLEARWATER - Dimmitt Chevrolet in Clearwater outpaced General Motors’ sales growth for May and June, even as GM posted their best May sales figures since 2007 and their best retail market share since 2011.

Like GM, the driving factor in Dimmitt’s sales growth has been their line of trucks.

In June, Dimmit was up 13 percent in sales compared to last year, while their 12 percent sales increase in May eclipsed GM’s national average of 11 percent.
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater City Council voted unanimously July 16 on the first reading of an amendment that would reduce city garbage collection from twice a week to once a week.

If approved, the reduction will be effective Jan. 11, before spring training and spring break, giving the program time to work out before the Clearwater population grows in size and garbage output.

Each living unit will pay $25.79 minimum for one can and $7.74 per additional container in a single-family home per month. On Oct. 1, 2016, the rate will rise to $26.76 per living unit and $8.03 per additional container. On Oct. 1, 2017, the rate will rise to $27.76 per living unit and $8.33 per additional container, and $28.80 per living unit and $8.64 per additional container on Oct. 1, 2018.
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Thursday, July 16
CLEARWATER - With the year drawing to a close, the Clearwater City Council began looking at the action plan for the economic development and housing department for Fiscal Year 2015-2016, which begins in October.

At the July 13 workshop, director of Economic Development &. Housing Department, Geraldine Campos Lopez, presented the council with an overview of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s community development goals, which include creating viable urban communities with decent housing, a suitable living environment and economic opportunities. The department also works to extend and strengthen partnerships in government and the private sector (both for-profit and non-profit organizations) in the production and operation of affordable housing.

If approved, next year’s action plan will use $1,885,309 to fund Clearwater programs, including public services, public facilities, the housing pool, the Home Investment Partnership Program Community Housing Development Organization and administration/program delivery. Of the 24 applications the city received, 19 organizations will participate in the action plan.
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CLEARWATER - Raymond Davis Burns, of Clearwater, Florida; formerly of Farmington Hills and Lansing, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the age of 91.

He was born June 19, 1924, in Sligo, Pennsylvania, the son of Earl Burns and Floye Lucille Campbell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Louise Osburn Burns; his parents; brother, Ted Burns, and sister, Betty Burns Kroh.
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CLEARWATER - Applications are now being accepted for the 14th year of Citizens Academy, Clearwater 101, a 10-week program providing citizens with a hands-on learning experience about the people, equipment and infrastructure it takes to run Pinellas County’s second-largest city. The program will begin with orientation on Sept. 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The classes that follow will also be on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. through graduation on Nov. 18.

This interactive program is an educational experience for Clearwater residents interested in city affairs. Sessions are led by elected officials, department directors and city staff who share information about the city’s operations and key issues facing Clearwater today. Participants must attend at least eight of the 10 sessions in order to graduate at the City Council meeting on Nov. 18.

A selection committee will choose 20 participants from the applications received. The committee will judge applications based on responses to questions while ensuring that the class reflects the diversity of the Clearwater community, with representatives from different neighborhoods and sections of the city. Applications are available online at myclearwater.com or residents can call 562-4708. Applications must be received no later than Aug. 3.
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CLEARWATER - The Friends of the Library Book & Gift Store in the main library desperately needs donations of paperback books, in good condition, for resale in the store. Bring donations to the Main Library or call Bill Murray at 531-0667 for pickup.

Volunteers are also needed to work certain days and hours at the Friends Book & Gift Store at the Clearwater Main Library, especially evenings. A short training session is required.

The Friends Book & Gift Store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The work hours are variable but are generally two to four hours a week. To volunteer, call Rosalie Murray at 531-0667 or Rita Garvey at 446-3845.
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Community Calender
• Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015
Train Weekend
LARGO – Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend every month in Largo Central Park. The next weekend is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides are free, but donations are accepted.

For more information, call 587-6740 ext. 5014 or visit the “Train Weekend” page at LargoEvents.com.
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• Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
Beef ‘O’Brady’s Trivia Night
SEMINOLE – Beef‘O’Brady’s, 1-799 Park Blvd. N., now offers Trivia Night every Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. The winning team receives a $50 gift certificate. There will be a $5.49 burger with fries special every Monday night. To register a team, call Angel or Mike at 393-2880.
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Craft classes at Bay Vista
ST. PETERSBURG – Bay Vista Recreation Center, 7000 Fourth St. S., offers craft classes Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. They include paper crafts, polymer clay sculpting, felting and more The cost is $30 for four classes, plus a craft fee. For more information call 893-7124 or visit www.stpeteparksrec.org.
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Life of Birds video
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Audubon Society will present a program on Monday, Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center, 2750 Park Trail Lane. Cost is a suggested donation of $1 per person. Call 793-2976.

One of the BBC’s “Life of Birds” video programs with David Attenborough will be shown. Popcorn and sodas will be provided.
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Madeira Beach Social Club meeting
MADEIRA BEACH – The Madeira Beach Social Club will meet on the first Monday of the month at Madeira Beach City Hall at noon.

New members are encouraged to attend and hear about the new activities planned. They include monthly luncheons, bridge, canasta, field trips to local attractions, along with fall and spring picnics.

Club members do not need to live in Madeira Beach to join. Membership dues are $10 a year. Call Dianne for more information at 397-3434.
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Manga Book Club
TARPON SPRINGS – Manga Book Club, Aug. 3, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E. Lemon St. Youth Services Program. Ages 12 and up.

If you like manga, graphic novels and anime, then this club is the place for you! Hang out and meet other teens who share your interests. Each month, new titles and series will be selected to read and discuss. Members also will enjoy watching popular anime episodes.
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Senior Singles Friendship Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Senior Singles Friendship Club meets every Monday at 4:30 p.m. for dinner at a local restaurant.

Newcomers welcome.

For more information, email Estella at giterdun7571@hotmail.com.
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Splashtime
LARGO – Make a Splash with Largo’s Itty Bitty Splashtime every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Aug. 14, 9:35 to 10:35 a.m., at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave.

Parents can spend quality time with their preschool-aged children in a safe and playful aquatic environment. Enjoy the slides, sprays, zero depth pool area and much more. Moms clubs are welcome.

The cost is $1.50 per person. Children not potty-trained must wear a plastic swim diaper under their bathing suit. For more information, call 518-3016 or visit LargoPools.com.
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Train Weekend
LARGO – Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend every month in Largo Central Park. The next weekend is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides are free, but donations are accepted.

For more information, call 587-6740 ext. 5014 or visit the “Train Weekend” page at LargoEvents.com.
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Wing Madness
LARGO – Sons of the American Legion Post 119 sponsor Wing Madness every Monday, 5 to 8 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo.

Enjoy chicken wings served hot, mild, BBQ, butter and garlic and spicy BBQ for $4 for six or $7 for 12. French fries and onion rings are available. Bob Swenson donates music from 6 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds benefit All Children’s Hospital, Fisher House and the National Child Welfare Foundation.
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