Restrictions on lawn watering in place

Published April 25, 2007


The city of Clearwater has restricted lawn watering to one day a week for most residents.

The limit comes as a result of the announcement of a severe water shortage by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Officials said the one-day-per-week restriction applies to the use of water from public and private water utilities, all wells and surface water sources such as ponds and rivers. The city's reclaimed water customers are not affected by this restriction and can water on any day of the week. Users of potable water will remain on their usual one-day-per-week schedule. Residents who use water from private wells or surface water sources can water one day per week on the following schedule:

- Addresses ending in even numbers or the letters A through M can water only on Tuesdays.

- Addresses ending in odd numbers or the letters N through Z can water only on Sundays.

People's Law School runs through April

Sessions of the Clearwater Bar Association's annual People's Law School continue in the teaching auditorium at St. Petersburg College's Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St.

The People's Law School will meet Thursdays through April. The remaining schedule includes:

- April 26, 7-7:55 p.m.: Identity theft; then from 8:06 to 9 p.m., Graduation.

All sessions are free. No registration required. Call 727 461-4869.

Scholarships available from Italy groups

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.

Jewish center to run Alzheimer's program

The Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center has been chosen by the Brookdale Foundation in New York to receive funding for a program to help people with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their family caregivers.

The program will take place at the Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center one day a week from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will provide an opportunity for Alzheimer's patients to enjoy stimulating mental, physical and social activities such as intergenerational sing-alongs, word and trivia games, reminiscing and indoor chair exercises. Patients also will receive a morning snack and a kosher lunch.

The program will provide caregivers time to relax, run errands or use the Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center's resources. It also will include a biweekly caregiver support group.

The program is expected to begin early this year. To learn more or to apply, call Jeanette Brownstein at (727) 302-3737.


Health Department offering free flu shots

The Pinellas County Health Department is offering free flu shots to anyone unable to pay the $25 fee. The shots will be available until the vaccine supply runs out at any of the department's five health centers:

-Clearwater, 310 N Myrtle Ave., 469-5800.

-Largo, 12420 130th Ave. N, 588-4040.

-Tarpon Springs, 301 S Disston Ave., 942-5457.

-Pinellas Park, 6350 76th Ave. N, 547-7780.

-St. Petersburg, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N, 824-6900.

Public health officials say vaccinations are important for everyone, including children over 6 months old. Those particularly at high risk include people age 50 and older, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses, health care workers and caregivers of high-risk people.

No insurance? Free care is available

The Pinellas County Human Services Department provides free medical care on evenings and weekends to residents of Pinellas County who don't have medical insurance.

Services are provided on the county's Mobile Medical Unit at different sites throughout the county. Evening hours are 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Services available to uninsured residents during evening visits include basic primary care, lab services and prescriptions. The staff can also provide referrals to dental, mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Emergency services are not provided.

Care is provided regardless of income or citizenship status.

For information on locations and times, call (727) 582-7595. Go to www.pinellascounty.org/humanservices/services.htm#mobile for a monthly calendar.

Low-cost spaying, neutering offered

More than 60,000 unwanted animals are euthanized in the Tampa Bay area each year, so the nonprofit group Stop Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT) is teaming up with local veterinarians to offer low-cost spaying and neutering for any cat or dog at least 8 weeks old.

The prices are $35 for male cats, $40 for female cats, $40 for male dogs and $45 to $90 for female dogs, depending on the weight. SPOT offers low-cost spay/neuter vouchers online at www.SPOTusa.org. Call (727) 545-3463.


Cadet Squadron seeking members

The Civil Air Patrol Palm Harbor Cadet Squadron is looking for new members 12 to 21 and for adults older than 21 to be senior members or supervisors.

The Palm Harbor chapter, which also covers Tarpon Springs, especially welcomes middle school students.

Young people in the program attend military camps, practice search and rescue techniques in the forest, can earn scholarships to become pilots and perform community service.

Adults interested in joining as senior members must go through extensive background checks.The cadets meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. the first, second and fourth Mondays of the month at All Saints Episcopal Church at 1700 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs. On the third Monday of the month, the group meets at Tarpon Springs High School at 1411 Gulf Road.

Check www.phcadet.com, call Capt. Robert Downing at (727) 686-8357 or e-mail downingfl438@aol.com.