On the radar

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 10, 2007


Volunteers to clean up coastline

If you want to do something for the environment next weekend, consider volunteering at the Coastal Cleanup, an effort to rid Hillsborough County's shoreline of trash. Part of a worldwide effort, the Hillsborough version draws more than 3,000 volunteers. Last year, it collected 63,766 pounds of trash. This year's cleanup at 16 locations is open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. To register or ask questions, call Christine Commerce at (813) 960-5121.


Election time is here, for some

Voters in the south and western portions of the city go to the polls Tuesday in a pair of primary contests for the City Council. Only voters registered in District 3 and District 5 can vote. If you're not sure which district you live in, you can find out by calling the Supervisor of Elections Office at (727) 464-6108 or visiting its Web site, www.votepinellas.com. The top two candidates in each primary move on to the Nov. 6 general election. Every city voter, no matter where he or she lives, gets to vote then.


'Hear about Iraq' at arts center

What I Heard about Iraq, a play by Simon Levy based on a prose poem by Eliot Weinberger, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Octagon Arts Center at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. The story is told through quotes of political figures, military leaders, American soldiers, reporters and Iraqi civilians. There will be a talk-back following the play. Call (727) 531-7704 or visit www.uuclearwater.org.


People are talking about . . .

Selected comments from blogs.tampabay.com

Warning: Adult Content

(Standing By, Sept. 5)

Jan Wesner wrote of her husband at war: "It has been 202 days. I need a cold shower."

One comment said: "There's a military wife who sells T-shirts on the Internet that say 'Army Wife: Sexually Starved for Your Freedom.'"

Churuti Walks the Plank,Spratt's Wrist Slapped

(TroxBlog, Sept. 5)

"You've heard the term 'nickel and dime'ing us to death'... well, it is exactly how it's done here in Pinellas. 100k here, 300k there, and another 500k over there... It adds up to a very large waste of our tax dollars."

Jeremiah TrotterAnswers His Critics

(Bucs Beat, Sept. 5)

"(Derrick) Brooks, (Cato) June, and now Trotter! Awesome!! Nothing against (Barrett) Ruud, but I hope Trotter starts soon. I would like to be the first to welcome the Tampa Defense back."