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    North Pinellas in brief

    By Times staff reports

    © St. Petersburg Times, published February 20, 2001


    Largo man accused of abusing young girl

    LARGO -- A Largo man has been arrested on charges he sexually abused a young girl, Pinellas sheriff's deputies reported.

    Leonard L. Warren, 39, of 9396 90th Ave., was arrested Saturday on a charge of sexual battery on a child under age 12, deputies reported.

    18-year-old faces drug charges after traffic stop

    NEW PORT RICHEY -- An 18-year-old Clearwater man was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of crack cocaine after a traffic stop at 4 a.m. Sunday, police said.

    A New Port Richey officer clocked a pickup truck driving 80 mph in a 45 mph zone near Green Key Road and U.S. 19.

    The officer stopped the truck near U.S. 19 and Bellview Avenue. The driver later was identified as Joshua Ryan Whittle of 2266 Manor Court, Clearwater.

    The officer also found 0.8 ounces of marijuana and seven pieces of crack cocaine in the truck, a report said.

    Whittle was released Sunday afternoon from the county jail in Land O'Lakes on $20,500 bail.

    Clearwater Mall hosts health fair

    CLEARWATER -- A free health fair is scheduled Feb. 24 at Clearwater Mall. Health screenings for hypertension, cholesterol, skin cancer, breast cancer diabetes,osteoporosis and prostate disease will be offered. Speakers will address topics such as alternative medicine, depression, domestic violence and women's health. Free immunizations will be offered, and representatives from various health care-related companies will display additional health-related information. The West Coast Council of Advanced Nurse Practitioners and the Tampa Bay Advanced Nurse Practitioner Council collaborated with other health care providers to present the fair, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Volunteers sought for new hospice thrift shop

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Volunteers are needed for a new thrift shop Hospice of the Florida Suncoast will open in March at 780 S Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs. The shop will need cashiers, sorters, pricers, display designers and office support. Proceeds from the new store will go to hospice's programs as do those of the current thrift shops in Clearwater and Pinellas Park. To volunteer, call Kathy Roble, hospice's director of volunteer services, 586-4432.

    It's time to apply for Helping Hands grants

    CLEARWATER -- For the 11th year, the GFWC Clearwater Junior Woman's Club will award Helping Hands Community Grants to area charitable organizations. The grants, for up to $2,500, are awarded in the areas of the arts, conservation, education, home life, international affairs and public affairs.

    In the past 10 years, the Junior Woman's Club has awarded more than $143,000 in grants through its annual fundraiser, Christmas Under the Oaks. The application deadline is Feb. 23. They can be obtained by sending an e-mail to ebkagan@earthlink.net or by calling 723-0888.

    Pediatric clinic is open on Wednesday mornings

    CLEARWATER -- Every Wednesday, between 9 a.m. and noon, the Clearwater Free Clinic offers a special pediatric clinic for children not covered by private health insurance or government-assisted programs. The clinic's family practice nurse practitioner and a pediatrician are available at those times to see patients between the ages of 2 and 18. The nurse practitioner's services are made possible by a grant from the Eckerd Family Foundation. For a pediatric appointment, call the Clearwater Free Clinic at 447-3041.

    Italian-American Club hosts dinner-dances

    CLEARWATER -- The Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater at 200 McMullen-Booth Road presents a pasta dinner and dancing every Tuesday. The club opens at 5 p.m. for dinner, followed by dancing until 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for members and $8 for non-members.

    The club also puts on dinner-dances from 5:30 to 11 p.m. every other Saturday. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For information or to purchase tickets, call 791-8698.

    Senior agency looking for volunteer drivers

    Can you drive a van? Or visit someone who needs companionship? Neighborly Senior Services, which is based in Clearwater but serves Pinellas County, is looking for volunteers to drive seniors to and from doctor appointments. NSS also needs volunteers to go into seniors' homes to socialize, read the newspaper or books to them, sort mail and possibly go grocery shopping for them. To volunteer, call Pat Hofstadter, NSS volunteer coordinator, at 573-9444, ext. 291.

    Jazz band seeking various new players

    Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band is accepting musicians 12 years old or younger to play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar or bass and to sing. Beginners will be considered. For information, call 725-1788.

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