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Tuesday, 15 July 2008 16:11

A View Through - Sorcerer’s Gate

SorcerersGate.jpgThe first of three sculptures on Cleveland Street

Standing 15-feet tall and 10-feet wide, this magical aluminum sculpture by artist Bruce White, is the first of three pieces of public art scheduled to arrive at the Cleveland Street medians this month. Bruce’s work has been described as “an elegant union of ancient symbolism and contemporary science.” With its mystically-changing spectrums of purples – dependent on the position of the nebula and heavenly bodies - Sorcerer’s Gate provides a refreshing splash of color to the Cleveland Street District. Lifelong artist and Professor, Bruce White of DeKalb, Ill, answered the Call-to-Artists released earlier this year by The Clearwater Cultural Arts Division and was one of the three chosen.

Published in Pinellas County
Friday, 18 April 2008 08:00

Saving Florida Millions of Dollars

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.



Published in Pinellas County
Monday, 14 April 2008 19:51

Children Read for Poetry Walk

Poetry Walk 2_edited-1.jpgChildren Reading

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...


Published in Pinellas County
Monday, 14 April 2008 19:46

The Inflation Blues

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. 

Published in Pinellas County
Friday, 14 March 2008 08:45

This Easter, Think Outside the Basket

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. 

Published in Pinellas County

 Five Tips to Help You Listen

Seattle, WA – The knowledge that our children are safe, happy and emotionally sound is one of our greatest concerns. The only way we can truly be sure that they are all right, or if something is troubling them, is if they feel they can confide in us on a person-to-person basis. But are we actually listening to them as equals, or are we listening to them with condescending ears and, in the process, inadvertently breaking these lines of communication between parent and child – leaving them unwilling to come to us for help? 

“Children don’t seem to get as much respect as other members of society,” says Julie Scandora, teacher and author of the book ‘Rules Are Rules.’ “They experience the same emotional obstacles as adults,

Published in Pinellas County
Tuesday, 11 March 2008 15:01

Call to Artists

Request for QualificationsSculpture360: Art in the Cleveland Street District , Clearwater, Florida Artist Honorarium $4,000.00 (USD) Application Deadline: Postmarked or delivered by 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2008 Digital images of artwork preferred

Program Background:
Adopted by City Council in 2005, the Clearwater Public Art Ordinance aims to add to the visual identity of the City, creating memorable images for visitors and 

Published in Pinellas County
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 07:58

3rd Annual Spring Pet Fair

The Promotion Committee for the Clearwater Main Street Program, a volunteer organization concerned with downtown revitalization, held our second pet fair last May and it was extremely successful.  Clearwater has a lot of dog lovers and pet owners and we would love your participation this year.
A pet parade with prizes for best-dressed pet and pet/owner look-a-like, a pet training demonstration, and puppy races are planned.  The Pinellas Counties Animobile, a state-of-the-art mobile surgical unit staffed with skilled and experienced veterinarians

Published in Pinellas County
Tuesday, 12 February 2008 11:34

Take the Iron Girl Challenge

Iron Girl ChallengeJoin the Iron Girl Team for the fifth annual Aflac Iron Girl 10K and 5K Run/Walk on April 5, 2008.  The longest-standing event in the Aflac Iron Girl National Series will take athletes along a waterfront course in Clearwater, Fla., one of the world’s most-visited beach destinations.  Featuring a picturesque run over the Memorial Causeway and a turn-around point at the well-known Pier 60, this course is the perfect combination of challenge and fun.  Seasoned athletes and novices alike will appreciate the scenery and ideal racing conditions.

Published in Pinellas County


January 16, 2008

Parents at their wits' end, wearing long sleeves to hide bruises and bite marks inflicted by their own offspring. Psychiatrists struggling to cope with children as young as 2 who show intractable behavior problems. Drug companies ready to suggest powerful drugs that can produce marked changes in a child's behavior -- getting heavily involved in state-level determinations of which drugs should be prescribed for which conditions. And a state struggling to keep up with rapid changes that have pushed Medicaid costs for powerful anti-psychotic drugs from $9 million seven years ago to almost $30 million in 2006.


Published in Pinellas County
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