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Bar sets a milestone with new president

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 5, 2007


BELLEAIR

Gregory K. Showers, a lawyer with Kwall, Showers, Coleman & Barack of Clearwater, was sworn in Friday as president of the Clearwater Bar Association, making him the first African-American to lead the group in its 70-plus year history. Showers, 40, a graduate of Morehouse College and Stetson College of Law, is a criminal and personal injury lawyer. "This is something I've wanted to do," said Showers, a native of Pompano Beach. His wife Denotra , three daughters Dia, Jadyn and Jordyn, and his parents joined him at the luncheon.

DUNEDIN

Land purchase has multiple benefits

The Dunedin City Commission, in a move that will expand Hammock Park, this week approved the purchase of 5.3 acres of land known as the Harris Tract for $608, 000. The acquisition will provide access to the park from the east as well as to Lake Suemar. City staff also said the purchase will benefit the city's stormwater system.

COUNTYWIDE

Bring a pet home this weekend

Looking for a pet? You'll have two different opportunities this weekend to add an animal to your home. Today in Clearwater at the Humane Society, 3040 State Road 580, dogs and cats will be available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The "Second Chance for Love" event is sponsored by the Humane Society of Pinellas and Hill's Pet Nutrition. If feathered friends are more your companion style, cockatoos to parakeets and virtually every exotic in between will be at the SPCA-Tampa Bay and Safe Haven Avian Placement Services Bird Adoption Day from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday. The event will be at the SPCA, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. Please bring completed applications and proof of an appropriate size travel carrier to the event. Call 586-3591 or visit www.spcatampabay.org.

CLEARWATER

Tai chi classes offered Sunday

Looking for a gentle exercise to ease into health improvement? The Taoist Tai Chi Society will offer beginner classes at 11 a.m. Sunday at 1223 Cleveland St. Call 562-2878.

OLDSMAR

Free tennis event for kids today

How many times can you hit a tennis ball against a wall? Repetition wins at the Junior Olympic United States Tennis Association Rally Tennis Competition at 9:30 a.m. today at Canal Park, 3120 Tampa Road. The event is free and for boys and girls age 8 to 13. Rackets and balls will be provided. Call (813) 749-1260.

Correction

Clearwater's Cinco de Mayo celebration is scheduled for noon to 10 p.m. Sunday at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. Admission is $6, free for children 10 and under. A story Friday misstated the date.