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Man who stole election signs gets probation

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 12, 2007


PALM HARBOR

Dennis Frank Fabricatore, 54, caught stealing political election signs last year, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of petty theft, both misdemeanors. The New Port Richey man received a year of probation and will have to pay court costs. Fabricatore, initially charged with grand theft, was arrested in August after state legislative candidate Brian Flaherty witnessed him pulling up his signs along U.S. 19 N near Alderman Road. Also in Fabricatore's vehicle were stolen signs for one of Flaherty's opponents in the Republican primary, Palm Harbor chiropractor Ken Peluso. Neither of the other two candidates in the primary, former Safety Harbor City Commissioner Robin Borland and former Tarpon Springs City Commissioner Peter Nehr, said they knew Fabricatore. Nehr bested Flaherty by 178 votes in the primary and won the general election for House District 48.

CLEARWATER

New chief chosen for public utilities

Clearwater promoted one of its own Friday to take over the city's public utilities department, a $50-million operation that includes 175 employees. Tracy Mercer replaces Andy Neff, who left earlier this year. Mercer, 57, who joined the city as the assistant director of solid waste/general services in March 2006, will earn $90, 000 annually. She is responsible for reclaimed water, water supply and treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and three wastewater treatment plants.

Last chance to see '42nd Street'

The final performance of 42nd Street by the Clearwater High School Drama Department will be tonight. The popular musical focuses on aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the school auditorium, 540 S Hercules Ave. Tickets are available at the door: students $6; adults $12.

Group to look at city's government

Wondering whether Clearwater should change its current council/manager form of government? So is the Charter Review Committee, a group of citizens appointed by the City Council to examine the provisions in the city charter and recommend changes. On May 24, members will hear a presentation from University of South Florida professor Susan MacManus on municipal government forms and governance trends in Florida cities. The public is invited to attend the 2:30 p.m. meeting at the Clearwater Main Library. For details, contact Rosemarie Call at (727) 562-4089.

TARPON SPRINGS

Library features lunch with author

Bon appetit. Eat lunch with author Anita Lowe on Tuesday at 11:30 at the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E. Lemon St. The cost is $15 and includes a gourmet boxed lunch. Seats are limited. Call (727) 944-3042.