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Clearwater Main LibraryCLEARWATER, FL - The Clearwater Public Library will begin their Summer Reading Program with an event on Monday, June 8th at 2 p.m at the Clearwater Main Library , located at 100 N. Osceola Avenue.

Students can sign up for the Summer Reading Program and receive a free book, while supplies last.  Also, the Tampa Bay Rays Street Team with mascot Raymond will be at the Main Library only, to kick-off their Reading with the Rays program.

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NASAWASHINGTON -- NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, scheduled for launch in 2011, has a new name thanks to a sixth-grade student from Kansas. Twelve-year-old Clara Ma from the Sunflower Elementary school in Lenexa submitted the winning entry, "Curiosity." As her prize, Ma wins a trip to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., where she will be invited to sign her name directly onto the rover as it is being assembled.

A NASA panel selected the name following a nationwide student contest that attracted more than 9,000 proposals via the Internet and mail.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 17:07

NASA Crew Completes Historic Space Shuttle Mission Featured

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Takes Off at Cape Canaveral - Photo by Wayne CathelEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA  -  "At last!" was the first quote appropriately spoken by Space Shuttle Commander Scott Altman during the crew press conference from the tarmac of Edwards Air Force base in California. He uttered these words about 4 hours after the Space Shuttle Atlantis landed safely at their alternate landing site after a successful Mission and extended stay in space.

Altman continued, "When we got to Florida (for the liftoff) I turned and said to everyone "At last" (since it took so long to get to that point). I didn't realize it was going to be so hard to get back to the Earth, landing here just felt great to everybody." Altman added "Again, I guess I say the same thing: At last we are back on the ground."

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 16:36

Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo at MOSI

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Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo at MOSI 

Tampa, FL (May 26, 2009) - The City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, in conjunction with the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), will host the 2009 Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at MOSI.  Admission to the Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo is FREE!

In addition, Hurricane Expo guests can enjoy MOSI exhibit galleries and one standard IMAX® Dome Theatre film for only $8 per person.

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The Jolley Trolley does its rounds on Clearwater Beach.Clearwater Beach, FL -- The fate of the Jolley Trolley could be in limbo, but newly-named Executive Director of the service, Bob Longenecker, has dedicated himself to saving Clearwater Beach’s familiar yellow and red trademark.

The city of Clearwater is in the tough position this year of having to make budget cuts, meaning the Jolley Trolley is likely to lose some or all of its funding. Longenecker says that the trolley could possibly take up to a $20,000 budget cut, however if the trolley loses all of its funding, it is likely to go under. “If the city funding gets cut too dramatically, too fast, we don’t see how we can be viable,” Longenecker says. Currently, for every dollar of revenue the trolley receives, $0.30 comes from city funding. The rest comes from fares, charters and advertising. Longenecker predicts that in the future, the trolley will require less subsidized funding from the city, but it is not there yet at the moment. 

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Florida Manatee - Endangered SpeciesSunny skies, warm temperatures and abundant waterways are a powerful attraction to the million and a half residents and visitors who make up Florida’s recreational boating community. Once the Memorial Day weekend begins, boating season will officially be in full swing, and Save the Manatee Club cautions boaters to watch out for the endangered manatees who share the waters with them.

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Space Shuttle Lift-Off from Kennedy Space Center - Photo by Wayne CathelKennedy Space Center, FL.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis launched on May 11th for its final mission to service NASA's space telescope, Hubble.  The shuttle's scheduled return date will be May 22nd.

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PSTA Haul PassKids Can Ride All Summer Long For Less Than $2.40 a Week!

Many parents simply don’t have the time or money to drive their kids around this summer and that’s where PSTA’s Summer Youth Haul Pass comes in. For only $35, kids ages 18 and younger get unlimited transportation on PSTA for the entire summer (excluding the 100X and 300X routes to Tampa). That’s less than $2.40 a week for unlimited transportation!

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Drug-Free Marshalls and North Greenwood Community Coalition members taking back their community - Photo by David ZiffClearwater, FL.

Approximately 70 community activists made their voices heard in the seventh anti-drug and clean-up march on Saturday May 2, 2009, beginning at 4:00 P.M. at a 1300 North Fort Harrison staging area. Their mission purpose: to mount a protest against drugs and crime in the North Greenwood area and keep the pressure on the perpetrators.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 09:51

Cinco de Mayo en Downtown Clearwater! Featured

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Traditional dance added brilliant color to the event. - Photo by Randall GillionCleveland Street District, Clearwater.

On Cinco de Mayo, Clearwater residents had yet another reason to visit the Cleveland Street District when the 500 and 600 blocks were closed off to hold the Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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Local Clearwater businessman and Global Pioneer Cary Goulston bonds with a Haitian child. - Photo by Brad KuglerGlobal Pioneers, a team of volunteer Scientologists, just returned from their most recent tour to assist the peoples of Haiti.  They have been involved with bringing help to Haiti for nearly two years now, with the latest group including Cary Goulston, Brad Kugler and Mike Campbell.

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Station Square Condominiums, ClearwaterClearwater, FL.

One hundred parking spaces are now available in the Station Square condos, and it’s most certainly welcomed! You don’t have to live in the condos to park; all you have to do is drive your car downtown.

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Florida Manatee - Endangered SpeciesTo call attention to Endangered Species Day, which is May 15th, Save the Manatee Club wants the public to be aware that manatee deaths are up this year compared with recent years, with high numbers of watercraft mortalities (33). Manatees are listed as endangered on the international, national, and state levels.

“A total of 200 manatees were confirmed dead as of May 1st,” said Dr. Katie Tripp, Save the Manatee Club’s Director of Science & Conservation. “Cold stress was a significant cause of manatee mortality this winter, with 47 confirmed deaths, but some other forms of mortality, including watercraft mortality, have also exceeded the 5-year average so far in 2009. In 2006, which was the deadliest year for manatees, with 417 confirmed deaths for the entire year, 159 had died by May 1st, suggesting that 2009 could set a new mortality record if trends from early 2009 continue. With the end of winter and the start of the summer boating season, it will be as important as ever to be on the lookout for manatees so that additional watercraft injuries and deaths can be minimized for the remainder of 2009.”

To learn more about manatees, visit Save the Manatee Club’s website at www.savethemanatee.org.

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Sea Turtles on Clearwater BeachSea turtle nesting season begins May 1st and ends Oct. 31st. Because newly-hatched turtles find their way to the sea by following the natural light reflected by the water, city ordinances determine specific lighting requirements for beach parking lots, streets and promenades.

If you live near the beach, make sure you shut off or dim your lights at night. This precaution can reduce the amount of artificial light that reaches turtle nests and will help hatchlings reach the water safely. The Tampa Bay area averages about 120 nests each season, and can contain an average of 100 to 110 eggs.

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clearwaterinpictures.jpgClearwater, FL - Over the course of four months, "Clearwater In Pictures" is the result of the most comprehensive and up-to-date images from one of the most exciting and energetic cities on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

From the pristine white beaches of Clearwater Beach, the architecture, festivals and energy of a great downtown, it is no wonder why Clearwater is ranked amongst the best cities in Florida to work, live and play, and this book will show it all in full color.

 

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2009worldtourlogo.jpgTAMPA BAY - MAY 1-3    Youth For Human Rights International conducted the annual International Human Rights Petition Signathon to create grassroots support for mandating that human rights, specifically the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, be taught to every child in school.

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights". The pursuit of human rights was a central reason for creating the UN. World War II atrocities and genocide led to a ready consensus that the new organization must work to prevent any similar tragedies in the future.