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Neighborhood briefs

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 6, 2001

Neighborhood kicks off revitalization

Lake Maggiore Shores begins the action phase of its neighborhood plan at 11 a.m. Saturday with a picnic in Lakeview Park, 20th Street south of 26th Avenue S.

New sidewalks already line most of the neighborhood, between Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) and 22nd streets, between 22nd Avenue S and Lake Maggiore. Decorative lighting along 16th Street S is soon to follow.

Saturday's celebration kicks off Operation Commitment, the city's effort to jump-start as many of the items in Lake Maggoire Shores' $100,000 neighborhood plan as possible during the first 90 days.

The morning begins with a neighborhood-wide cleanup. Leave furniture, carpet, or other unwanted items at normal garbage pickup spots.

Lealman association meets tonight

LEALMAN -- The Lealman Community Association will meet at 7 tonight in a classroom at Lealman Fire Station 18, 4017 56th Ave. N. Discussion will focus on future changes in Lealman and its revitalization. The meetings are open to all residents of the Lealman Fire District.

State lawmaker to discuss construction control line

ST. PETE BEACH -- The North Beach Civic Association will meet at 7:15 p.m. June 11 at Legion Hall inside City Hall, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.

State Rep. John Carassas will be the guest speaker. He will provide information about the Coastal Construction Control Line and be available to answer questions.

YMCA offers new facility for membership info

The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg has opened an information trailer at the new site, 3200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Special promotional joiner rates will be available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information call (727) 895-9622 or visit the Web site at

Breast, cervical cancer screenings available

The Pinellas County Health Department, 500 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg, and 6350 76th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, offers screening exams for breast and cervical cancer for women age 50 to 64 who are uninsured, or whose insurance doesn't fully cover such services. Pap smears, mammograms and clinical breast exams are included. For an appointment, call 824-6917.

Housing for low-income disabled, seniors available

Goodwill Industries Suncoast housing corporation is currently accepting applications for HUD rent-subsidized apartments for people with physical disabilities and for those ages 61 and older. The apartments are in Pinellas Park.

All applicants must meet HUD limited income criteria.

For apartment availability in Pinellas Park, call 541-6620.

Aluminum can recycling helps build homes

Habitat for Humanity International has teamed up with the Aluminum Association to help needy families. Aluminum Cans Build Habitat for Humanity Homes raises money to build homes through aluminum can recycling.

Five local recycling centers are located throughout Pinellas County. The list of recycling sites can be obtained by calling the Pinellas Habitat for Humanity office at 894-1522.

Individual, family, church, club and company participation is encouraged.

Volunteers also are needed to manage Aluminum Cans Build Habitat for Humanity Homes day-to-day operations.

Pets for People matches pets with seniors

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Pinellas County, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo, matches pets with senior citizens in the Pets for People program.

Seniors age 60 and older can take home a specially matched pet, and the adoption fee and the first veterinarian visit are covered. For information, call 586-3591.

Summer food program to provide meals for kids

St. Petersburg Junior College is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program for children from June 12 through July 25 at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.

The program provides free balanced meals to needy children through age 16 participating in the National Youth Sports Program during summer vacation. The programs are approved for geographical areas where at least half of the children qualify for free or reduced priced meals during the school year.

For information call 341-4305.

Group offers guide to public officials

The 2001 "Pinellas County Citizen's Guide" is now available through the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area. These reference guides contain addresses, phone numbers and term expiration dates for elected and appointed state and local public officials. All Pinellas County municipalities are listed with contact information.

To receive a copy, send a self addressed envelope to the league at P.O. Box 11775, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, or call the league office at (727) 896-5197 and leave your name and full address on their voice mail requesting a copy of the publication. The booklet may also be accessed through their website at

Guardian Ad Litem to hold volunteer orientation

Guardian Ad Litem provides court-appointed advocates to abused or neglected children who are going through the court process. Advocates represent the best interest of the children, researching the court cases and making recommendations to the court. Beginning Monday, Guardian Ad Litem will hold volunteer advocate orientation classes at Guardian Ad Litem, 14250 49th St. N, Clearwater. For information on becoming an advocate, call 464-6528.

Non-profit groups can get grant-writing help

Pinellas and Hillsborough Grant Collaboratives will host a grant training conference, "Effective Grant Writing for Bridging Change," on Thursday and Friday at Armwood High School, 12000 U.S. 92, Seffner.

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