St. Petersburg, FL (March 2009) - On Saturday, March 7th, the cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa came together to proclaim Human Rights Walkathon Day. Human rights are “the rights you have simply because you are human”, regardless or race, religion or gender. Everyone is entitled to them simply because they are human beings.
In honor of basic human rights, such as, “the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association,” and “the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community,” people from many diverse groups, backgrounds and religions all unite in the common and greater goal of championing for universal rights and fighting against the loss of them. The group Youth for Human Rights International passed out DVDs explaining the 30 human rights as set forth in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A member of the Baha’i faith encouraged people to contact their congressmen to stand up for the Baha’i as they are being held captive in Iran for no other reason than the fact they belong to the Baha’i faith.
Clearwater, FL (March 2009) - All three of Clearwater’s Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facilities have received the George W. Burke, Jr. Safety Award from the Water Environment Federation. This is an award given to public wastewater treatment facilities to honor outstanding safety leaders in the industry. Jan Willis, a City of Clearwater Industrial Pretreatment Technician received the award for Industrial Pretreatment Operator of the Year in Florida’s Region IV. he Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facilities take in raw sewage and then treat it, turning it into reclaimed water. This water is then used for rrigation, thus reducing the need to irrigate with drinking water.
Tampa, FL (March 2009) - The Gasparilla International Film Festival came and went, leaving a very exhausted but pleased Eric Odum at the end of the after party at the Old Firehouse in Tampa. When I first spied the man who helped found the GIFF at the opening night party, he was the festival’s President. When we were actually able to sit down to an interview at the closing night party, he had turned his crown over to Chad Moore.
Eric Odum spoke passionately about his love of film, a love he developed when he lived in Brazil and was made to watch a Pedro Almodóvar film. He watched it over and over until he not only learned Spanish, but developed an appreciation of artistic cinema. His purpose in co-founding the GIFF was to fill the gap left by the absence of art house cinema in Tampa, to give local filmmakers a chance for exposure and bring to the Tampa Bay Area the films audiences wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to see, like Il Divo, the controversial biopic based on former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.
Fountain in the Park
Station Square Park Opens in Downtown Clearwater
Clearwater, FL (February 26, 2009) - Throughout history, fountains have served to fulfill both the practical and aesthetic needs of society. Public fountains were a social gathering point for people while they also collected water for drinking or bathing.
Today, in many great cities, fountains still symbolize artistic and social ideas. It is therefore only fitting that part of the City of Clearwater’s Revitalization Project included an invigorating fountain as the entrance point to Station Square Park.
Datil, New Mexico (March 2009) - There comes a time in most parents’ lives when they run up against a formidable wall called The Teenager. Opposed to anything that might be considered rules, most teens go through a period of utter rebellion. Why?
The usual scenario goes something like this: One is born into a family who has the best intentions for him and his future. However, he didn’t come with an Owner’s Manual. So his parents usually just go by the example of how they were raised. Yikes.
From an early age, he is carried around from place to place. He can’t talk yet, so he’s never consulted on whether or not he wants to go to Grandma’s house. Everyone is much bigger than he is. And that’s a little scary, since he is completely dependent upon these giants! When he finally starts talking, no one really listens. He’s “just a kid”, after all.
Tampa and St. Petersburg Proclaim March 7th Human Rights Walkathon Day
Tampa, FL (February 23, 2009) – Mayor Iorio of Tampa and Mayor Baker of St. Petersburg proclaim March 7th, 2009 as Human Rights Walkathon Day. The third annual Human Rights Walkathon will take place in North Straub Park, on the bay shore of St. Petersburg.
Human Rights are the rights that we all have simply because we are human. These rights were set forth and proclaimed in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. These rights include the right to an education, the end of modern day slavery and no racial or religious discrimination in addition to 27 other rights.
“Our purpose is to teach human rights to people of all ages. Through education we can end war, slavery, discrimination and intolerance”, says Linda Drazkowski, Chairman of the Human Rights Walkathon.
Clearwater Gas System Lowers Natural Gas Rates - - 63% Savings Over Electricity
CLEARWATER, FL (March 3, 2009) - Clearwater Gas System has announced a further reduction in residential natural gas rates effective with March 1, 2009 bills. This reduction from $1.75 to $1.58 per therm means that a typical residential natural gas appliance will operate at a 63% savings versus its electric counterpart.
Natural gas prices continue to decline during February despite some very cold weather across the country. As a result, the market price of natural gas decreased significantly, and Clearwater Gas System is passing those projected savings onto our customers.
Customers may also qualify for additional energy assistance by applying to the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP provides energy assistance to low-income individuals and families who meet the program's eligibility requirements. Pinellas residents may contact the Urban League at (727) 327-0977 and Pasco residents may contact Mid Florida Community Services in New Port Richey at (727) 845-7350 to apply for assistance.
City to Celebrate 11th Annual Neighborhoods Week
CLEARWATER, FL (March 2, 2009) - Clearwater's Neighborhood Services Division will host several events as part of the 11th annual Celebrate Neighborhoods Week, March 8th-14th. Mayor Frank Hibbard will officially recognize the week, which honors Clearwater's residents with a City Council meeting proclamation on March 2nd .
Wednesday, March 11th from 6-8pm, residents will have an opportunity to attend mini-seminars on salient neighborhood topics at the Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive Clearwater. Sessions include gangs and crime, landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities, housing issues and foreclosure prevention strategies as well as hurricane planning and preparedness.
A "Movie in the Park" will be shown Friday, March 13th at Crest Lake Park. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to see Madagascar II, a free family film. The screening begins at sunset. In case of inclement weather, the raincheck date is March 20th.
The culminating event is Neighborhoods Day, Saturday, March 14th when approximately 20 neighborhoods hold block parties that are visited by city officials and staff. Residents are given an opportunity to discuss their concerns with city officials as they socialize with neighbors. Personnel from Clearwater Police, Fire & Rescue and Solid Waste will be on hand with specialized vehicles and offer guided tours of the equipment.
Residents who would like to organize a neighborhood block party and be included in the festivities may contact Neighborhood Services Manager Becky Melendez at 562-4585.
Clearwater, FL ( February 2009) - Join the Iron Girl Team for the 6th annual Aflac Iron Girl 10K & 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 4, 2009.
The longest-standing event in the Aflac Iron Girl National Women’s Event Series leads athletes along a waterfront course in Clearwater, FL, one of the world’s top beach destinations. A challenging, yet fun and scenic course, this event is perfect for seasoned and first-time athletes alike.
Unique features include performance shirts sized just for women, personalized race bibs, professional timing, custom finisher medals and more. Celebrate your accomplishment at the post-race Breakfast Café and awards ceremony as we recognize the top three finishers in each division and showcase inspirational athlete stories.
Fundraising efforts will benefit the world’s largest pediatric cancer research network, the Children’s Oncology Group. For more about the Iron Girl Race and registering go to www.IronGirl.com
Clearwater, FL – (February 18, 2009) Construction on the long-awaited Station Square Park in downtown Clearwater is slated for completion soon. The park will officially open to the public with a short ceremony on Feb. 26 at 10am.
Located next to the Station Square Condominium building in the 600 block of Cleveland Street, the park has been undergoing a $1.26-million renovation since last July. It is the final portion of the first phase of the Cleveland Street Streetscape that has transformed the look of Clearwater’s downtown. Work crews are adding final touches including landscaping, decorative pavers, and an attractive fountain at its signature front entrance.
The park will provide a pleasant place for downtown patrons to relax, and city officials expect to use the park’s elevated stage to host small concerts and events.
Visit Tampa Bay Informer again at www.tampabayinformer.com for full coverage of the Grand Opening.
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CLEARWATER, FL (February 18, 2009)– Clearwater will close a two-mile stretch of Cleveland Street to motorized traffic Sunday, March 1 from 8am to 2pm for a multicultural street festival called "Sunday Ciclovía" (see-cloh-VEE-uh). Ciclovía is Spanish for “bike path". This event on March 1 was canceled due to bad weather and has been rescheduled for Sunday April 26, 2009.
The event route extends from Clearwater Harbor to Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. Food vendors, activities for kids, bicycle and running organizations as well as exhibitors representing public service, fitness and green living organizations will line the street. Participants can bike, stroll, skate, or take part in exercise, sports and dance classes.
“Initially, Sunday Ciclovía was proposed as a community-building event for Downtown Clearwater’s East Gateway neighborhood,” said Tammy Vrana, an event coordinator. “The scope of the event grew when other downtown groups saw potential in the family-friendly and health-focused street festival to showcase downtown and local businesses.”
Nashville, TN (February 12, 2009) – Country star Clay Walker joins fan favorites Greg Kinnear, Huey Lewis, George Lopez, Ray Romano and Bill
Murray at the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament which gets underway this week on Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills golf courses. Walker is no stranger to celebrity golfing as this is his 12th consecutive appearance in the AT&T tourney, participating in numerous other links competitions for many years.
Clay will perform in Monterey for the invitation-only volunteer’s banquet hosted by Clint Eastwood Wednesday night, as well as the volunteer’s tent and barbecue on Friday.
Top PGA TOUR professionals appearing include Jim Furyk, Mike Weir, K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen, Davis Love III and Kenny Perry who will compete for a record $6.1 million purse. A complete player list is available on the tournament website http://www.attpbgolf.com/
Tampa, FL (February 12, 2009) – Buccaneers Chris Hovan, Stylez White, and Tampa Bay Storm quarterback Brett Dietz participated in a celebrity couples cook-off at REDBAMBOO Medi-Spa on Thursday, February 5.
The event kicked off at 6:00 p.m. as the couples were coached by the culinary expertise of Cooks & Company. Each couple prepared various finger foods for the guests of REDBAMBOO Medi-Spa until 8:30 p.m. Immediately following the cook-off was a meet and greet with Chris, Stylez, and Brett. JP Peterson emceed the proceedings.
Proceeds from the event benefited the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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Residents Invited to Test Their Problem Solving Skills While Helping a Good Cause
TAMPA (February 12, 2009) – It’s part scavenger hunt, part wandering party, and a whole lot of fun. The Great Urban Race will be taking Tampa by storm on February 21, 2009, as participants navigate around the city solving clues and complete various challenges. The 2009 event is partnered with America’s Second Harvest, which helps Tampa Bay's less fortunate who suffer from hunger.
Teams of two will solve 12 clues and complete physical and mental challenges by walking, running or using public transportation. Participants may find themselves scavenging for random items, deciphering puzzles, or completing a physical challenge or game. The first twenty five teams to complete the race will have the opportunity to compete in the National Championship race for a chance at $10,000.
"The Great Urban Race is the perfect opportunity to discover Tampa in a new way,” said Joe Reynolds, Race Director. “For those looking for an extraordinary Saturday afternoon, the Great Urban Race will satisfy your desire for a new adventure.”
Since The Great Urban Race kicked off its first event in the summer of 2007, the response has been overwhelming. Many racers are now competing in various cities across the country while others have become avid local supporters. Raul Rumbaut and Heidi Steinhauer, who finished 16th in the 2008 Tampa race, said they “are counting down the days until the 2009 competition. We really a had a great time, hands down it was the best race we have ever competed in.”