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SEMINOLE - Logan Mosby, a former editor for the Citrus County Chronicle, has joined the staff of Tampa Bay Newspapers as the editor of the Clearwater Beacon.

She succeeds Alexandra Lundahl, who has left TBN to pursue a career in nursing by enrolling at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.

Mosby has been in the newspaper business almost all of her life.
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CLEARWATER - A crash between a dump truck and a PSTA bus sent seven people to various hospitals early Saturday, Dec. 13.

According to a report from Clearwater police, the crash occurred just before 9 a.m. at the intersection of Hampton Road and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. Police said a dump truck, traveling west, ran the red light and collided with the bus, which was eastbound and trying to make a left turn onto Hampton.
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CLEARWATER - A St. Petersburg man was arrested early Saturday, Dec. 13, on charges of battering two Clearwater police officers and a police dog.

According to a report from Clearwater police, Nicolas Simons, 37, was charged with two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, one count of battery on a police dog and one count of violating a domestic violence injunction.

Police were called to a mobile home park at 2991 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. shortly before midnight Friday by a woman whom Simons had dated previously and who had an injunction against him. She said Simons had threatened to harm her, himself and others.
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Thursday, December 11
CLEARWATER -- A “brownfield” is defined as a former industrial or recreational site where the soil and groundwater are so polluted that the site must be cleaned up before it can be used for residential or commercial purposes. Former gas stations and auto salvage yards are prime examples.

Such a designation would seem to be the last thing a property owner would want. But that is not always the case.

Last week, 25 Countryside West LLC, owner of the former Countryside Executive Golf Course, which has been closed since 2005, asked the Clearwater City Council to declare that 44-acre property a brownfield so the company can seek state help under the Florida Brownfield Redevelopment Program in cleaning up the site so that it can be developed for homes or other residential uses.
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CLEARWATER -- A combination of an improving economy, lower gas prices and a desire to have a fun vacation after years of financial austerity have resulted in record tourism figures on both sides of Tampa Bay, Adel Grobler and Gabriel Suffolk Kling of the city’s tourism promotion firm, Imagine Global Consulting, reported to the City Council last week.

And, if the numbers of people seeking information about Suncoast vacations are any indication, the trend is expected to continue to grow. Grobler and Kling reported that the 581,100 tourist visits to Clearwater represented an 8.3 percent increase over the previous winter-to-winter year. The 580,800 tweets to the city’s Twitter account represented a 63 percent increase over the previous year and show no signs of letting up, Klink said.

She added that the economic impact of Suncoast tourism “has scratched the billion-dollar mark,” and shows no indication of slowing down.
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CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc. recently announced the appointment of Adam Nance as chief development officer of Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Murray Theatre and the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater.

“After an extensive nationwide search, his knowledge of fundraising along with his passion for education are a great asset to our strong team and will serve our community well,” said Zev Buffman in announcing the appointment of Nance. Buffman is Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc. president and CEO.

“I’m excited to join a team at such a respected venue in the Bay area and around the world,” said Nance. “I look forward to working with the entire development staff as we continue building on the more than 30 years of vibrant history in Pinellas County and continue the successful relationships with our members, board of directors, corporate sponsors, donors and identify new opportunities as well as enhance our current giving.”
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Thursday, December 4
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CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater is the first city in Pinellas County to replace its streetlights with energy-saving LED, or light-emitting diode fixtures.

The city and Duke Energy hosted a ribbon-cutting Nov. 21 to kick off the beginning of the conversion. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, Duke Energy crews began work to replace all of the city’s 11,290 existing streetlights with LED fixtures that produce the same amount of light with less energy. When this project is complete in about 15 months, the city’s entire street lighting network will be converted to smarter technology.
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CLEARWATER - Figuratively wearing their community redevelopment agency hats on Dec. 1, the Clearwater City Council gave thumbs-up to a 15,675-square-foot community garden on a parcel of city-owned land in the run-down East Gateway section of Clearwater.

City staffers had recommended that the councilmembers deep-six the project.

The property in question is part of a 2.2-acre plot at the southwest corner of Grove Street and North Betty Lane, where the Economy Inn once stood. The city bought and demolished the seedy hotel when city officials felt that its reputation as a hangout for prostitutes and drug dealers was tarnishing Clearwater’s image as a family-friendly vacation destination.
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater police seek help from the public in identifying a car and driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash. Police were distributing fliers on Dec. 1 about the crash.

Martin Jay Baltimore, a 22-year-old Clearwater man, died after the Nov. 20 crash at Hampton Road and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. He was riding west on his motorcycle on Gulf-to-Bay when a dark-colored car, possibly black, turned in front of him. The car likely sustained some type of damage to the rear passenger side of the vehicle. It then fled the scene north on Hampton Road after the crash.
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater police warn the public that someone has been calling residents claiming to be a paramedic or EMT, saying that the resident’s loved one has been in an accident. They then say that the person who has been hurt needs money for medical expenses. If you start asking questions, then the story changes, police say. They then may say the family member has been kidnapped and pistol-whipped and that if you don’t give them money that person will be shot.

Police warn people not to fall for any of these scams and to not give them any money. Simply hang up the phone and contact police. The phone number that has been showing up with these calls is 252-6688.

Call the fraud hotline at 562-4424.
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• Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Countryside Library book club meeting
CLEARWATER – The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, is continuing its popular book club that meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Titles for the monthly sessions are as follows:

• Feb. 20 – The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott

• March 20 – Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

• April 17 – The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian

• May 15 – Still Foolin‘ ’Em, by Billy Crystal

• June 19 – The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, by Naomi Ragen

• July 17 – My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor

• Aug. 21 – Breakfast at Sally’s, by Richard Le Mieux

• Sept. 18 – Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosam

• Oct. 16 – The Story of Beautiful Girl, by Rachel Simon

• Nov. 20 – Luna, by Julie Anne Peters

• Dec. 18 – My Life with Charlie Brown, by Charles Shultz  

Call 562-4970 or visit www.myclearwater.com /cpl.
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Gaming Club
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The Seminole Recreation Division now offers an adult Gaming Club that meets the third Thursday of every month, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.  

This group is open to individuals 16 and older. Various board and card games will be available. This program is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.  

Call 391-8345 for more information.
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Garden tours
LARGO – Vegetable, herb and tropical fruit garden tours will be offered Thursday, Dec. 18, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road.

Participants will explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas in the Botanical Gardens and learn about growing their own food. Tours are free and limited to groups of four to 16 people.

Tours are recommended for adults only. Registration is required. Call 582-2100 or visit tinyurl.com /p9rxa6d.  
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Historical Society meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd. Refreshments will be available. Call 541-6206 for more information.
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Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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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.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall. The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project. For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
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Treasure Islettes bingo games
TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Islettes conduct bingo games every Thursday evening at the Treasure Island Community Center on 106th Avenue.

Early bird games begin at 6:45 p.m. and regular games at 7:45 p.m. The games benefit fundraising efforts for local scholarships.

Amenities include a snack bar, free coffee and cash prizes. No alcohol is allowed and persons under 18 will not be admitted.
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• Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
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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Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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