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.
This Friday, The Cleveland Street District Celebrates THE RAYS and it all begins with YOU!
That's right, YOU are invited for fun once again as 4th Friday (the most talked about new event in TAMPA BAY) is back for a third great month! "4th Friday, a Party on Cleveland Street" continues May 22nd beginning at 5:30 PM.
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.
Cleveland 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.
On March 3rd, 2009, Cathy Germer joined the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce as the VP of Business Assistance & Economic Development.
In her role as Business Assistance, Cathy is part of the Business Assistance Partnership Program which consists of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County Economic Development. Her focus is to assist businesses by providing counseling and resources on issues relating to start-up and growing a business including business and marketing plans, links to financing and business and education training to develop and enhance business owners’ skills.
In honor of Poetry Month, Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard declared April 18th to be Clearwater Poetry Day. The second annual “Cleveland Street Poetry Walk”, presented by Artists in Action, International, is a yearly event celebrated by local poets who expound on life in Clearwater and Florida in general.
Hundreds of eager women gathered in Coachman Park early Saturday morning on April 4th to compete in the annual Aflac Iron Girl Women’s 10k and 5k race. Women came from many locales, some from as far as Indiana, Texas and even Canada to run, and ages ranged from 5 years old to 81. Despite the diversity of the participants, most of the women had the same goal: satisfaction. The satisfaction of participating, the satisfaction of reaching the finish line, the satisfaction of knowing they did it for themselves.
Cleveland St. District, Clearwater
Clearwater, Florida and Nagano, Japan have been sister cities for half a century, and to honor this achievement on April 25th, the City of Clearwater celebrated the union by holding a Lantern Festival in Station Square Park. The purpose of the festival is to promote cultural harmony and awareness. Nagano has been holding an annual lantern festival at Zenkoji Temple for six years. The festival was originated to honor Nagano hosting the 1998 Winter Olympics.
AN IRISH FAIRY TALE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
On Friday, June 19th at 4:30 and 7:00 PM, Delphi Academy of Florida presents the comedy “Blather, Blarney and Balderdash”, by Patrick Rainville Dorn, at the Francis Wilson Playhouse. Set in Ireland, the play follows the adventures of Fin, who must learn the essential art of storytelling in order to win the hand of fair Pegeen. With the help of three leprechauns—Blather, Blarney and Balderdash—Fin learns how to weave a good yarn as the characters take on a life of their own. The hilarious cast includes a chronic sneezer, a boatman who can’t leave his boat, and a fiddle-playing cricket. And of course, there will be plenty of Irish music and dancing.
The Delphi drama department will be calling upon professionals to help students develop acting and dancing skills. Cathy Vangieri, a local drama coach, and Megan Brazil, a professional dancer and choreographer from New York will be directly involved in the play’s creation.
Elaine Oller, Delphi’s drama teacher, is enthused about this year’s play. “I’m especially excited about the Francis Wilson Playhouse,” she exclaims. “It’s a cozy, unique setting and really perfect for us. I’m also delighted with the music—it’s going to be very lively and fun.” She thinks this will be one of Delphi’s best performances.
The Francis Wilson Playhouse is located at 302 Seminole Street in Clearwater. It is on the bay front, one block west of Fort Harrison Avenue. Tickets go on sale June 1st. Adults $15; Children and Senior Citizens $10. Order a package of three or more tickets and get them for $10 each. To order tickets, call Delphi at (727) 447-6385. Advance ticket sales recommended. Tickets will be sold at the door. No assigned seating. For special needs seating, please notify the school for special arrangements.
Delphi Academy of Florida is an independent coeducational and non-sectarian day school offering regular school year and summer programs for preschool through ninth grade. Delphi has been providing educational services for over 12 years.
Charity Tournament Held by Clearwater Academy
Clearwater Academy International held their 4th Annual Hacker’s Classic Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 11th. The tournament is a non-competitive fundraiser “is designed to be a fun event…designed for players at every level,” says Executive Director/Principal of Clearwater Academy International, Jim Zwers. “That’s why it’s called ‘Hacker’s.”