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Clearwater unveils banner winners
CLEARWATER – The City of Clearwater recently unveiled a series of baseball-themed banners that local artists designed to celebrate the return of spring training baseball and the city’s 62-relationship with the Philadelphia Phillies. The banners are hung from lamp posts in the Cleveland Street District of downtown.

The local artists who won the design contest are Wil Dawson, Susi Galloway, Valerie Warner, Daniel Williams, Dan Vitale, and Dee Youmans-Miller. The winners were selected through a juried competition and will be on display through April 7.

Celebrate Neighborhoods Week set
CLEARWATER – Clearwater’s Neighborhood Services Division will host several events as part of the 11th annual Celebrate Neighborhoods Week March 8 to 14.

Mayor Frank Hibbard officially recognized the week which honors Clearwater’s residents with a March 2 City Council meeting proclamation.

Wednesday, March 11, 6 to 8 p.m., residents may attend mini-seminars at the Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive on salient neighborhood topics. Sessions include gangs and crime, landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, housing issues, foreclosure prevention strategies, and hurricane planning and preparedness.

A Movie in the Park will be shown Friday, March 13, at Crest Lake Park, 1500 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to see “Madagascar II,” a free family film. The screening begins at sunset, and a rain date is set for March 20.

The culminating event is Neighborhoods Day, Saturday, March 14, when about 20 neighborhoods hold block parties that city officials and staff will visit. Residents may discuss their concerns with the officials as they socialize with their neighbors.

Residents who would like to organize a neighborhood block party and join in the festivities may call Becky Melendez at 562-4585.

Morton Plant, Mease Countryside receive recognition
CLEARWATER – The respiratory care departments at Morton Plant Hospital and Mease Countryside Hospital have been awarded the 2009 Quality Respiratory Care Recognition from the American Association for Respiratory Care.

The annual designation is given to hospitals that meet national guidelines and standards of respiratory care. Approximately 15 percent of the 5,000 hospitals in the United States hold this recognition.

Respiratory therapists provide breathing treatments, manage ventilators, conduct blood tests for oxygen levels and provide other pulmonary services to patients with lung cancer, asthma, pulmonary disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other lung-related conditions.

In addition, Morton Plant Mease Health Care extends its services to patients with lung disease by offering outpatient care at the Lung Center. The Center offers rehabilitation programs to help patients with diminished breathing capacity. It offers diagnostic services, exercise programs, as well as smoking cessation classes.

Head shaving event to benefit cancer research
CLEARWATER – More than 30 men and women – including many local firefighters – are expected to shave their heads bald to show solidarity with children fighting cancer and to raise money for childhood cancer research on Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., at Big Shots Sports Bar, 2451 McMullen Booth Road.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money and awareness globally for childhood cancer research through volunteer-driven events that pair great fun with this worthy cause. At these events, participants shave their heads in front of cheering supporters to experience themselves one of the most stigmatizing public aspects of cancer – losing one’s hair from chemotherapy treatment.

Red Cross offers baby-sitters class
CLEARWATER – The American Red Cross will host a baby-sitter training course Sunday, April 26, 9 am. to 3 p.m., at 1950 Virginia Ave., Clearwater. The course gives 11- to 15-year-olds the skills and confidence to be great baby-sitters through hands-on activities, interactive videos and lively discussions. The course will teach participants to do the following:

• Care for children and infants

• Be good leaders and role models

• Make good decisions, solve problems and stay safe

• Handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and accidents

• Write resumes and interview for jobs

• Gain communication, leadership and business skills for the “real world”

Participants will receive take-home materials including a handbook, an emergency reference guide, and a CD-ROM with interactive tools to help them run their own baby-sitting business.

Cost is $50 paid to the American Red Cross. Reservations must be made in advance. Space is limited. The program will run again on Sunday, May 17. Call 736-1494.
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