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Friends of Library seeking donations

By JIM DAMASKE Times Staff Photographer
Published July 27, 2007


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CLEARWATER

CLEARWATER - Before silverfish overrun your old paperback collection, why not donate it? The Friends of the Library Book & Gift Store in Clearwater's Main Library is seeking donations of paperback books in good condition for resale in the store.

Bring your donations to the Main Library or call Judy Bazata at 461-6272 if pickup is needed.

Proceeds from the Friends of the Clearwater Library bookstores are used to enhance the Clearwater Public Library system.

The store also needs volunteers to work certain days and hours. A short training session is required.

The Friends Book & Gift Store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Work hours are variable, generally two hours a week. To volunteer call Rosalie Murray at 531-0667.

COUNTYWIDE DON'T FALL FOR PLOTS TO 'FIX' YOUR WATER

Pinellas County and city of Clearwater officials say they have received complaints that at least one local water treatment company claims to represent the county to gain entrance to homes and inspect faucets or hot water heaters in an effort to sell expensive water treatment systems.

The companies are not endorsed by or affiliated with any government agency, and county utility employees would never try to sell an "upgrade" to a home's plumbing.

Consumers should be wary of unexpected visits or gifts from water companies, sales people who add thickening agents to water to solidify harmless minerals, high prices and scare tactics, officials say.

To learn more about Pinellas County water quality, call (727) 464-4000. To learn more about Clearwater's water, call (727) 562-4600.

To investigate a company's business history, call the Department of Consumer Protection at (727) 464-6200 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/consumer and click on "Check a business."

Clearwater officials say residents who feel they have been misled should call the state Attorney General's Economic Crimes unit, 3507 Frontage Road, Suite 325, Tampa, FL 33607 or call the office at (813) 287-7900.

CLEARWATER

Learn how to be your own boss

Learn how to conduct a feasibility study, develop a business plan and obtain licensing to legally conduct business in Pinellas County from noon to 2 p.m. each Wednesday through August at the Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th St. N. Suite 1-200. Call 453-7200.

[Last modified July 26, 2007, 22:29:30]


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