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Your bone marrow could save his life

By TIMES WIRES
Published December 17, 2006


A drive to recruit potential bone marrow donors is scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 13225 118th St. The drive is being organized to help patients like Joseph Grimsley, a Largo man who suffers from acute myelogenous leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. African-Americans represent only 10 percent of the more than 6-million people on the National Marrow Donor Program Registry. Getting on the donor list has become almost painless in recent years. A swab of the inside of the cheek is taken, and the processed DNA is put on a list. If a match is generated, the potential donor would go for further testing to ensure a genetically compatible match. To learn more about the drive, call the church at (727) 585-9080 or Ethel Grimsley at (727) 539-1566.

City takes control of two major roads

Largo now has jurisdiction over two key streets in its downtown core: Clearwater-Largo Road and West Bay Drive. The Florida Department of Transportation transferred authority to the city last month. Largo has control over Clearwater-Largo Road from Ponce de Leon Boulevard to West Bay Drive and West Bay Drive from Clearwater-Largo Road to Seminole Boulevard/Missouri Avenue. As a result, the city, which recently began its Clearwater-Largo Road streetscaping project, no longer needs permits from the DOT for work performed within the rights of way on those streets.

Post plans party for New Year's Eve

American Legion Post 119's annual New Year's Eve party is scheduled for 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at 130 First Ave. SW. A buffet of hot and cold food will be served. Phil Ferrazano will be at the keyboards, and the party will feature champagne and party favors at midnight. The cost is $15. Reservations are required. Call (727) 584-2038.

Italian groups offer $1,000 scholarship

Applications for two $1,000 scholarships are available from the Clearwater chapter of the Order Sons of Italy in America. The Daughters of Italy Lodge 2825 is offering two $1,000 scholarships. Applicants must be 2007 Florida high school graduates and of Italian descent. To receive an application or for more information, call Daughters of Italy Lodge 2825 scholarship chairwoman Clara Shaw at (727) 785-6428. Also available are applications for a $1,000 scholarship offered by the Grand Lodge of Florida, Order Sons of Italy in America. Information and applications can be found at www.daughtersofitaly.com.

Nonprofit needs cash for jackets

Clothes to Kids, a nonprofit that provides free new and gently used clothing to low-income children in Pinellas County, is seeking monetary donations to help stock the store with warm clothes and jackets. Recently, the Clearwater Threshers and the Philadelphia Phillies baseball teams donated $17,000 worth of team apparel to the charity. Donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to P.O. Box 184, Dunedin, FL 34697 or dropped off at the store, 1059 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 441-5050.