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Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:26

Mister Car Wash

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Mister Car Wash Celebrating the Grand Opening of the Former Grand Prix Car Washes With a Benefit for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Tampa, FL May 13, 2008- Friday and Saturday May 23 & 24th from 8 am to 6 pm, Mister Car Wash will celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated (former) Grand Prix car wash locations with a charity event to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.  In exchange for cash donations, Mister Car Wash will be giving away free Express Drive-Thru Washes both days at 4 Hillsborough and Pinellas locations.  In addition, Mister Car Wash will be providing door prizes, free hot dogs and sodas to all customers.  

“We are very excited about the upcoming grand opening event and hope to collect plenty of cash for the Humane Society and beautify Tampa traffic by producing a lot of clean, shiny cars,” said Mike Hogan, Vice President of Operations.  “Our goal is to wash 7,000 cars and collect $10,000 in donations over the 2 day period.”


 

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Buildings house first modular classrooms to be registered for Platinum designation by
LEED® for Schools program; construction made possible with help from Lowe’s grant


TAMPA, Fla. (May 19, 2008) --  A school in Lutz, Fla., today officially opened the nation’s first modular classrooms to be registered for Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for Schools program.

With the opening of nine new environmentally friendly, modular classrooms, Learning Gate Community School, a place where students learn how to incorporate green living into their daily lives, now sets a new standard in education and environmental responsibility.

 

Thursday, 15 May 2008 15:16

Pangea Café & International Market

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Inside Pangea.jpg THE NEW PLACE TO BE…
In Downtown Clearwater!

  Just a month ago, “Pangea Café & International Market” opened at the corner of N. Fort Harrison Ave. and Laura St., in one of the historic brick buildings owned by Jon Heneghan and Geri Aranjo. 

  Pangea’s is not your run-of-the-mill café & market. From the moment you enter you will be captivated by an ambiance like no other around.

  Upon your first visit, your jaw and eyes will need a little time to return to their natural positions.  You’ll view beautiful brick walls, hard wood floors and unique furniture from Sweden and the US. 

 

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Campaign Will Support Tree Planting Efforts in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil

Today, The Nature Conservancy launched the “Plant a Billion Trees Campaign” at www.plantabillion.org to restore and plant one billion trees by 2015 in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, one of the greatest repositories of biodiversity on Earth.

“This is an unprecedented effort − nothing on this scale has ever been attempted in a single country in South America,” said Stephanie Meeks, acting president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy.  “No tropical forest on Earth has come closer to total destruction than Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, and now we have a real chance to bring this region back from the brink.”


 

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Old Palm Harbor Main Street has taken to heart the requests, concerns, and ideas from the local residents as well as businesses, and other organizations wanting to utilize the historic district for a variety of events, festivals and fairs.

According to Robin Husbands-Cauchi, Executive Director, a couple of objectives of  the Main Street Program is  to support local merchants by bringing diverse audiences to the area and supplying activities that are more family friendly, Old Palm Harbor Main Street will be revamping First Fridays’.   To attract families and a broader audience, First Friday Celebrations will have a theme.  April will begin with a Fitness Expo!  You can expect exhibitions from fitness facilities such as the Wellness Center in Palm Harbor, Impact Health, Pro Karate Center, and Family Fitness in Dunedin. 

Wednesday, 14 May 2008 12:10

Organizing Tips for a Headache-Free Summer Vacation

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New Haven, CT – Studies show Americans are working harder and longer than they ever did before.  This places a higher premium on already prized vacation time.  But for most, preparing for, going on and coming back from a break can prove just as hectic and tiring than just staying home.

“You’ve earned the time off, enjoy it!” declares Organizing Guru Rosemary Chieppo.  “Whether you’re going to the Caribbean for a week or visiting family over the weekend, the key is to plan ahead.”  Chieppo reminds that once organized, there’s nothing left to do but to have fun.

 

Friday, 09 May 2008 15:24

AVOID A SPRING BREAKDOWN

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Tips to Help Homeowners Combat Common Seasonal Home Problems and Save Energy--

Springtime is near and as flowers begin to bloom and life is injected into trees and plants, cold, dreary weather will soon be long forgotten.  This transition from winter to spring can be very exciting, but can also cause potential problems regarding your air conditioning, heating and plumbing systems.  Now is the time to ensure your home is running as efficiently as possible, thus saving you money by preventing energy loss.

ARS®/Rescue Rooter® has provided the following tips to prepare tampa area residents’ homes for the upcoming seasonal change.

 

Thursday, 08 May 2008 20:45

CALL FOR INDEPENDENT FILMS

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The Education Channel in Tampa, Florida is currently soliciting films, videos, animations and digital media from independent artists, producers and students in Florida and beyond for inclusion in its 2008 Independent’s Film Festival. In celebration of  fifteen years of promoting engaging quality movie making, the festival coordinators have announced a special pricing discount for Florida filmmakers this year. All Florida filmmakers will be able to enter for $20 while Florida students' entry fee is $15.

All genres of film completed between March 2006 and May 2008 are welcome. Work must be submitted for review on DVD (NTSC) in English or with English subtitles by May 30, 2008. Premieres are strongly preferred.

 

Tuesday, 22 April 2008 20:10

Who Says Boys Don’t Love Poetry?

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Jacob Gubala shows off his "Poetry Rocks" sign created especially for the youth section of The Downtown Clearwater Poetry Walk on April 19th. Thirty children read their poetry for enthusiastic listeners. Poet and storyteller, Elyse Aronson, known as Mz Goose, the Modern Day Mother Goose, led the event, assisted by Nancy Shaeffer as The Enchanted Mermaid.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008 17:33

Earth Day

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EARTH DAY FOCUSES ATTENTION ON WAYS TO HELP
CONSUMERS AND ORGANIZATIONS “GO GREEN”

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA — This April 22nd, millions of people around the country and around the world will celebrate Earth Day. More than ever, the focus will be on ways that consumers and organizations can take practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint and conserve resources. One company, LetsGoGreen.biz, is offering a wide range of household products that will help do just that.

LetsGoGreen.biz is the concept of a Georgia man who found inspiration while watching a Diane Sawyer television special about global warming last year on Earth Day. Kyle Jodice had spent 20 years in sales and distribution, but before that TV program was over he had decided to start a new and very different kind of business, and LetsGoGreen.biz was born.

 

Friday, 18 April 2008 08:00

Saving Florida Millions of Dollars

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Study Shows Economic Impact of Florida Boys & Girls Clubs On Local Communities

Tallahassee, Fla. – Young people who attend Boys & Girls Clubs in Florida show higher high school graduation rates and better behavior, resulting in increased lifetime earnings and hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the state in costs for health care and incarceration. These results, announced today by Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, were the findings of a research study conducted by the Florida TaxWatch Research Institute.

Florida TaxWatch Research Institute, Inc. (known as Florida TaxWatch), a non-profit, non-partisan research institute based in Tallahassee, with assistance from MGT of America, Inc., conducted a comprehensive study of the economic impact of Florida Boys & Girls Clubs (FBGC) on local communities throughout the state.

 

 

Monday, 14 April 2008 19:51

Children Read for Poetry Walk

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and Writing Poetry... 

In Gaslight Alley  

Boys and girls from the Community Learning Center, 1611 N. Ft. Harrison Ave., took pen in hand and  wrote original poetry for the first downtown Clearwater Poetry Walk to be held on April 19th. "The hotel is a toy box," wrote Dakota Frank, age 8, and "the rainbow turns into a river up in the sky." Elizabeth Ann Gubola, age 6, provided a poem about riding a lion. "I hold onto the lion’s hair. My hair blows in the wind" Andi Menal, age 11, wrote about a girl who wore glasses that made the world look like a waterfall, but when she took them off...

 

Monday, 14 April 2008 19:46

The Inflation Blues

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An unpredictable economy drives people to invest wisely

By Robert Harwood
Heritage Tax & Retirement Advisors, LLC

LARGO, FL – It’s hard to talk about inflation without sounding like an old geezer: “I remember back in 1940 when gas was only 18 cents a gallon!” But this is 2008 and times have dramatically changed. Less than five years ago we can remember the price of gas was below $2 per gallon. 

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce and a statistical abstract of the United States, in 1940, a loaf of bread cost 8 cents and a first class postage stamp cost 3 cents. By 1970, those prices had inflated to 24 cents per loaf and 6 cents per stamp. By 2002, inflation had pushed those prices to $2.99 per loaf and 37 cents per stamp. Today, the average loaf is $3 per loaf and stamps will be 42 cents this May. 

Wednesday, 02 April 2008 18:29

Mayor Hibbard Proclaims 4/19 Clearwater Poetry Day

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Artist And Action

APRIL 19TH AS CLEARWATER POETRY DAY

Little Book Of Cleveland Street Poetry to be released at the city’s First Downtown Clearwater Poetry Walk in celebration of the proclamation

On Thursday the 17th of April, the Mayor of Clearwater will sign a proclamation declaring April 19th as Clearwater Poetry Day.  The first Downtown Clearwater Poetry Walk will be held on April 19th and will honor local poets by releasing “The Little Book of Cleveland Street Poetry” at the walk.   
 

Tuesday, 01 April 2008 19:20

The Truth About Drugs A Drug Free World

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Spring Training Pitch

Spring Training Pitch - The Truth About Drugs

Dunedin, Florida – Twenty-five young people from the Drug Free Marshals spent this past beautiful Easter Sunday at a Spring Training Game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies in Dundedin not just watching the game, but raising awareness on the truth about drugs.

As patrons entered the park a few dozen "Drug Free Marshal Kids" took to the field with a 12 foot-long anti-drug banner. Eleven year old Sally Gatza,

 

 

Friday, 14 March 2008 08:45

This Easter, Think Outside the Basket

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Give a Manatee!

Love those sweet-natured manatees or know someone who does?  Join the Club!  Save the Manatee Club, that is.  Thousands of people around the world have become members by “adopting” one or more of the 32 manatees featured in Save the Manatee Club’s three Florida adoption programs, to help protect the endangered marine mammals.  Manatee adoptions are often given as gifts, and with Easter coming up, this is a great alternative to candy and the usual fare. 

Maureen Dalessio from Pennsylvania adopted manatees for her young nieces and nephew in South Jersey last year for Easter. 

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