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For the sixth year in a row, hundreds of children take the wheel Oct. 3 in handmade box cars down a gently sloping street in downtown Clearwater to raise classroom grants for local schools during the Achieva Box Car Rally.
CLEARWATER - The Jolley Trolley got some happy news last week when the Clearwater City Council voted for funding for transportation services for the new fiscal year.

The funding, in the amount of $179,778, will support trolley service on Clearwater Beach, Island Estates and Sand Key (Beach Route) and the Coastal Route.

The funds represent a 7.6 percent increase from previous grant requests.
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CLEARWATER - Two new community markets are opening in Clearwater this month with the hopes of drawing in younger, trendier crowds while promoting the city as a one-stop-shop destination.

The Pierce Street market will debut this weekend under the Memorial Causeway Bridge on the waterfront by the marina.

The new market will feature more than 50 vendors, including local artisans, independent business owners, arts and crafts, vintage goods and food trucks.
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CLEARWATER - Commuters on U.S. 19 might notice something different in Clearwater.

Dimmitt Chevrolet recently wrapped the front of their new-car building in pink to promote Breast Cancer Awareness month. Team members from Jungle Cat Marketing wrapped the signature blue archway of the 25,000-square-foot building in pink.

“This year we wanted to do something big to support Breast Cancer Awareness,” said Scott Collore, general manager of Dimmitt Chevrolet, in a press release. “There is certainly a need for more awareness and research, as this disease affects hundreds of thousands of people each year, including both men and women.”
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Thursday, October 1
CLEARWATER - A renewed focus on burglary investigations has the Clearwater Police Department working hard to get ‘RID’ of thieves in the area.

Chief Dan Slaughter appeared before the Clearwater City Council on Sept. 28 seeking approval of allocating additional funding to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for crime scene investigation services.

Slaughter also apprised council members of a new initiative that targets burglary offenses.

“The department investigates nearly 1,700 burglary calls each year but, historically, has a clearance rate of 15 percent,” Slaughter said. “I have placed a renewed focus on burglary offenses in the form of our new initiative, referred to as RID, which stands for reduce opportunity, increase awareness and develop suspects and arrest offenders.”
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CLEARWATER - Pierce Street Market is a new trendy market by the Clearwater Harbor Marina, under the Memorial Causeway Bridge.

The market takes place Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October through May. It features a curated lineup of food trucks, local artisans and independent businesses selling jewelry, clothes, vintage items, crafts, food products and more.

Pierce Street Market is the brainchild of Natalie Nagengast, who moved to Clearwater in 2012 and runs a jewelry shop, Coco & Marie.
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SAFETY HARBOR - The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce selected the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation as the Nonprofit of the Year at the annual dinner Sept. 23.

The evening was spent at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa honoring Chamber Businesses of the Year, welcoming the 2015-16 board of directors and celebrating 85 years of commerce in the area.

The Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, with the support of the chamber, will continue to educate and assist at-risk children by improving their self-esteem, character, work ethic, social adjustment and academic performance using the golf course as a living classroom.
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Thursday, September 24
CLEARWATER - Julie Daniels remembers being stationed in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War and hearing what she and her Air Force colleagues thought were enemy bombs exploding nearby.

As it turns out, the bombs were actually U.S. missiles.

“Sirens go off. Everybody jumps into their chemical gear. Because we don’t know. We are ripping stuff apart in the middle of the night,” she said.

She had pajamas on under her chemical gear.

“I had the mask on. It was crazy,” said Daniels, who spent 21 years in the military, retiring as a captain in 2007.
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CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall recently announced that Bobby Rossi had signed a long-term contract that promoted him from chief programming officer to executive vice president of entertainment for Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Capitol Theatre and Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road.

“As Bobby begins his 20th year with Ruth Eckerd Hall his passion is matched only by his dedication and his desire to succeed, bringing the very best worldwide talent to Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Capitol Theatre and beyond,” President and CEO Zev Buffman said in a press release. “Bobby is the younger brother I never had. We look forward to his continued success.”
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CLEARWATER - On Sept. 3, the Clearwater City Council unanimously approved Crabby's Clearwater Beach as the winning group for the Request for Proposal regarding the 37 Causeway Boulevard location.

“It feels like we've been working on this for years,” Greg Powers, CEO of Primecoast Management Group, said in a press release. “So much time and effort was put into this, so to finally have the answer we've been working towards is a tremendous feeling for not only myself, but my partners, our management team, and the consultants that have all been so involved in this process.”

May 2016 will be the last days for the current building occupying the roundabout location. Powers, along with his team, plan on demolishing the building after the spring break season next year.
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• Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
Boca Ciega High class of 1965 50th reunion
ST. PETE BEACH – Boca Ciega High School’s class of 1965 will host its 50th anniversary reunion on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at Silas Dent’s Bayside Banquet Hall, 5501 Gulf Blvd.

The event also will feature a tour of the BCHS campus on Friday at 4 p.m. Attendees should meet in the lobby of the BCHS administration building. Friday evening, there will be a meet-and-greet from 7 to 11 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music in the gazebo.

On Saturday, attendees can hang out at Harry’s Beach Bar at the Sirata Beach Resort, across from Silas Dent’s. Saturday evening, from 6 to 11 p.m., there will be a barbeque buffet and sundae bar, cash bar and sock hop music with The Impacs. Cost is $80 per person.

For information, call Mardell McCormick Ammon at 391-3520 or
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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.

Call 734-0757  
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Crafts for veterans
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N., will offer a weekly craft workshop for veterans on Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Projects, which are donated by the Help Hospitalized Veterans Program, include model cars, wood projects, leatherwork, needlecrafts, poster art, beadwork and more.

The crafts aid in rehabilitation, and are designed to restore coordination and impaired motor skills, improve attention spans and concentration, and relieve symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. 

Bring proof of Military Service for free project. Work at the center or take it home. Call 541-0776.
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Dunkin Donuts blood drive
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Dunkin’ Donuts is hosting a blood drive and offering a free dozen donuts to donors Friday, Oct. 9, 7 to 11 a.m., at 1143 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Save a life by donating blood on the Big Red Bus Bloodmobile. Each donar will receive a dozen donuts, a T-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.
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Fall Campout
LARGO – A Fall Campout will be offered Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at Bonner Nature Park, 14444 143rd St. N., Largo.

The program will begin Friday at 4 p.m. and will conclude Saturday at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 a person. Children age 2 and younger are free.

The Friends of the Largo Nature Parks will host the family camp out. Food, campfire events and nature programs will be presented under the stars at Bonner Nature Park. Advance registration and payment are required. To register, visit For information, call 518-3047.
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Freedom in Messiah
ST. PETERSBURG – Freedom in Messiah, a free concert with Keren and Greg Tarr, will be presented Friday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., at St. Petersburg Beth-El Shalom, 1701 29th Ave. N. The concert will feature a mixture of traditional Jewish songs and original music. Call 345-7777.
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Friday Night Dinners
LARGO – Friday Night Dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m., with music by Karaoke DJ Bill Johnson, 7 to 11 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo. The cost is $7.25 and includes shrimp, four-piece chicken and all-you-can-eat fried fish served with rolls, french fries and coleslaw.
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German American Society Oktoberfest
PINELLAS PARK – The German American Society, 8098 66th St. N., will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 2 and 3, and 9 and 10, 4 to 10 p.m. Admission is $6. Children 12 and younger are free. Parking is free. Call 238-8201.
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Gulf Beaches Library book sale
MADEIRA BEACH – The Friends of the Gulf Beaches Public Library will host a book sale Friday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is located at 200 Municipal Drive. For information, call 391-2828.
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Indoor archery lessons
OLDSMAR – The city offers indoor archery lessons Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N. The fee is $20 per month with a rec card and $30 per month without a rec card. For more information, call 813-749-1152.
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