Clearwater's city council elections will take place on Tuesday, March 9th. While federal elections may draw more interest, the city council elections have more direct influence on our everyday lives. Since local government is more accessible, it is easier for citizens to have a say in how it is run.
These days, we are bombarded with bad news by the mainstream media. We can scarcely open a newspaper or turn on the TV without being faced with the latest “scare-story” about swine flu, or another bank failure, or another trillion-dollars added to the national budget’s deficit. Reports giving dire warning of bad times getting worse and no hope on the horizon tend to be prevalent. It seems as even the mundane stories get a negative spin on them.
Do you, like me, get a headache or feel depressed or stressed after reading your city’s #1 paper? It’s because the constant bombardment of bad news by the mainstream media scares people, cultivating a pessimism that at best doesn’t make life any more livable. Those exposed to negativity on a daily basis tend to fall into agreement with the negativity. For instance, if someone was told every day for a decade that he couldn’t succeed in life, do you think in 10 years he would be successful? Most likely not. It is a constant invalidation and assault on people’s hopes and dreams for a better future. Why expose yourself to it? Shouldn’t it be possible to inform yourself honestly and accurately about the world and affairs around you, without being bombarded with pessimism and negativity?
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
Tampa, FL (February 2009) - The 2009 Bay Area Renaissance Festival welcomes guests for its 31st annual event held in Tampa, Florida. The festival will be open the weekends of February 21st through April 5th, in addition to "Festival Friday" on March 13th.
The food at the Faire is surely one of the most popular stops in any guest’s journey back in time. Each weekend the Festival offers a unique slant on the period with special events and activities for guests. The enchanting shire of Fittleworth will be host to national and local entertainment acts featuring comedy, music, juggling, jousting and stage combat. The artisans provide an added authenticity through the colorful shoppes that line the lanes of this renaissance setting.
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.
- Tampa Bay Informer
The Good News Newspaper
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.”
OVER $750,000 DISTRIBUTED THROUGH ORLANDO MAGIC YOUTH FUND TO CENTRAL FLORIDA
Orlando, FL (February 11, 2009) – The Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF), a fund of the McCormick Foundation, presented checks to 26 of this year’s 27 grantee organizations from nine counties in Central Florida (Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Lake, Polk and Sumter) at halftime of the Wednesday, February 11 game vs. the Denver Nuggets (tip-off at 7:00 p.m.). With funds raised by the OMYF, and the match provided by the McCormick Foundation, a total of $751,000 in grants and scholarships were distributed to the community this month through OMYF.
The beneficiaries were recommended by the OMYF “VIP” Committee and then approved by the McCormick Foundation’s Board of Directors after an extensive five-phase process which began in July of 2008.
Tampa, FL (February 11, 2009) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have named Steve Logan running backs coach, Alfredo Roberts tight ends coach and Chris Mosley assistant offensive line coach. In addition, Richard Bisaccia had his title changed to Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator and Richard Mann was named Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers. The club also named Jay Kaiser as Assistant to the Head Coach.
Logan spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator for Boston College (2007-08). In 2007, Logan’s offense, led by ACC Player of the Year QB Matt Ryan, led the ACC in total offense and passing offense and finished third in scoring offense. He was also instrumental in helping RB Andre Callender set a single-season ACC record for most receptions by a running back (76). Logan was the head coach for Eastern Carolina from 1992-02, becoming the school’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 69-58. He led the Pirates to five bowl games.
Orlando Magic Partners with the Island of Guadeloupe for Promotion - Grand prize winner will win a visit to the Guadeloupe Islands with Mickael Pietrus
Orlando, FL (February 12, 2009) – The Orlando Magic has partnered with the Islands of Guadeloupe for a unique, 10-week promotion where four lucky Magic fans will have the opportunity to visit the islands with Mickael Pietrus as their host. The online contest, which runs from February 11-April 16, 2009, will award a grand prize of a five-day, four-night trip for four people to the Guadeloupe Islands and includes airfare from Orlando, hotel accommodations and transportation to and from the airport.
From now through the end of the regular season, fans will be given facts about Pietrus’ home country at Magic home games as well as online at www.orlandomagic.com. Each person can answer three questions once a week online based off of these facts for a total of up to 10 possible entries per person, with the winner being announced shortly after the conclusion of the promotion.
- Tampa Bay Informer
The Good News Newspaper
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/