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Clearwater - Fried fish and softball event Saturday
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Historical Society will host its annual spring fish fry from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ross Norton Recreation Center, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
In conjunction with the fish fry, the Clearwater Bombers will mark its sixth annual reunion and celebrate Clearwater Bombers Day, which is May 3 as recently proclaimed by Mayor George Cretekos.
Tickets are $12 per adult and children 12 and younger $6. Parking is free and all net proceeds will benefit the historic Plumb House Museum, located north of the recreation center.
For tickets call (727) 804-2073 or (727) 442-9011.
Sand Key leader to tell association’s story
SAND KEY — Al Lijewski, founding president of the Sand Key Civic Association, will tell the group’s story at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center, 1001 Gulf Blvd., across the street from the entrance to Sand Key Park.
The association claims accomplishments including securing underground utility cables, building the fire station and the public park, and replacing the rickety old bridge linking Sand Key to Clearwater Beach.
Restaurant week to offer gourmet delights
The Clearwater Beach Taste Fest is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 9 at the Beach Walk on the south end of Clearwater Beach. The fest kicks off the Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week, May 12-18.
Vendor opportunities offered by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce cost $250 for members and $500 for nonmembers and include a tent, table and two chairs. Call (727) 447-7600 or e-mail For details, visit
Pinellas offers variety of programs
Pinellas County Economic Development is sponsoring these programs:
• “Solve the Intern Compensation Puzzle with Employment Law Expert,” free, offered by CareerSource Pinellas, 3-4 p.m. next Thursday at the EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N., Clearwater. Contact Marilyn Browne at or (727) 608-2420.
• “Intellectual Property Boot Camp,” $45, offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 23, The EpiCenter. Contact Dan Bjerk at (727) 464-7347 or For details, go to
• “Franchising 101,” free, offered by FranNet, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 22, Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Contact Pat Deering at (727) 946-4843 or pdeering@ Register at
Learn hurricane preparedness through online workshop
LARGO — The city is sponsoring the Internet-based “BRACE for the Storm Workshop” to teach homeowners to prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters.
The workshop begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. To register, visit and select City of Largo.
During the two-hour session, participants will gain a better understanding of how to undertake one or more mitigation projects on their homes. They’ll also learn how to save money on the windstorm portion of their homeowner’s insurance premium.
“For six months each year, the threat from hurricanes is a natural fact of life for all who call Largo home,” Carol Stricklin, director of Largo’s Community Development Department, said in a news release. “As we ask residents to prepare themselves and their families for the next hurricane, it is also important for homeowners to make their home safer from the next hurricane by understanding what they can do to mitigate storm damage. We encourage all local homeowners to participate in the upcoming ‘BRACE for the Storm Workshop.’”
HEP leader receives Hope Award
CLEARWATER — Barb Green, chief executive officer since 1986 of the Homeless Emergency Project, received the 2014 Champion of Hope Award at UPARC’s annual Prayer Event recently at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Created in memory of William E. Hale, the UPARC Foundation’s founder, the award honors an individual who exemplifies his passion, integrity and long-term commitment to those in need.
Fifty years ago, Green and her husband, Preacher, purchased a home to provide shelter for a needy family in their congregation to live rent-free until they found work. Each year since then, nearly 2,000 men, women and children seek HEP’s help, and it’s estimated 40,000 people have passed through its doors.
With a hands-on approach to improving the lives of others, Barb Green has transformed HEP into what’s known as the most successful human service agency in the area, achieving benchmark success rates for helping people move into independent housing, according to a news release. HEP is lauded for “helping people help themselves” and serves as a model for human service agencies across the nation, the release states.
In other news, the UPARC Foundation is participating in the first Give Day Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Created through a partnership between the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Florida Next Foundation and many other local nonprofit organizations, the event will bring together hundreds of donors from various neighborhoods to raise money for local needs.
Commemorating 40 years in eye care
LARGO — Dr. Stephen M. Weinstock will be recognized for establishing the first subspecialty ophthalmology practice and leading eye care institution, The Eye Institute of West Florida, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday underneath a tent in the parking lot of the Largo office at 148 13th Street S.
Dr. Weinstock completed a fellowship at Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute in Miami in 1974 before open his private ophthalmology practice in Largo.
Largo Mayor Patricia Gerard will dedicate the day his contributions to the city and Pinellas County.
Lockheed Martin employees donates $10,000 to charities
PINELLAS PARK — Lockheed Martin’s AERO Club, an employee-run charity, delivered checks totaling more than $10,000.00 to local non-profit agencies in the Pinellas Park area and surrounding communities.
“Lockheed Martin employees take pride in being part of Pinellas Park and the surrounding communities, said Steve Cobb, the site’s general manager. “Giving back is something we do because we care about our neighbors and our larger community”.
The local agencies serve health care, educational opportunities, children, families and basic needs in the community. The funds are raised entirely by employees with no administrative fee.
Some of the agencies receiving donations included: Pinellas County American Cancer Society, Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross, AMI Kids Pinellas, Gulf Coast Council, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind and Upper Pinellas ARC Foundation.
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