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    Pinellas digest

    By Times staff reports
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published January 11, 2002


    Meet, have coffee with police chief

    LARGO -- Police Chief Lester Aradi will host his monthly "Coffee with the Chief" community meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Farmer's Kitchen Restaurant, 3500 East Bay Drive. The informal talks give Largo residents an opportunity to meet the chief and discuss their concerns.

    Bereavement support groups to be offered

    Hospice of the Florida Suncoast will offer bereavement support groups this month and in February to help people who have recently lost loved ones. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call 586-4432, ext. 2812.

    Art auction planned Saturday at St. Nicholas church hall

    TARPON SPRINGS -- The St. Nicholas Philoptochos Society will hold a fundraising art auction Saturday night at the St. Nicholas church hall, 36 N Pinellas Ave. Admission is $10, with a preview at 7 p.m. and the auction at 8. For reservations, call (727) 944-3366 or Jill Serin at 1-(800) 242-7682. Philoptochos, which means "friends of the poor," is a philanthropic organization that aids many groups, including victims of disaster.

    Dunedin accepts deal with Blue Jays

    DUNEDIN -- The first time city commissioners and the Toronto Blue Jays said they had a deal to keep the team in town for another 15 years was December 2000. At Thursday's meeting, both sides finally sealed the deal. Commissioners voted 4-1 to accept the agreement. Mayor Tom Anderson voted against it. The Jays will now advance the city $250,000 in rent, loan the city another $250,000 and hand over naming rights to the stadium. The city, in turn, will put up $500,000 toward $1-million in grant money the state plans to kick in. The money will be used to renovate the team's spring training facility, which includes the stadium.

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