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Residents want closer look at reclaimed water

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 2, 2000

CRYSTAL BEACH -- Barbara Witlin isn't sure what she thinks about using reclaimed water for irrigation -- something Crystal Beach does not have now, but might one day -- and she's interested in talking to her neighbors about the topic.

Witlin said she and a few other concerned residents have begun to gather information about reclaimed water, a highly treated form of wastewaster, and is considering organizing a community meeting on the subject after the Fourth of July. For now, she wants to know more about the potential effects of reclaimed water on people and the environment.

"We're not a bunch of rabid environmentalists," Witlin said. "We just want to know more."

Witlin said anyone interested in discussing their experiences with recycled water can call her at (727) 771-7228 or e-mail her

Masonic lodge holding barbecue fundraiser

PALM HARBOR -- Sutherland Masonic Lodge No. 174 F&AM will play host to a fundraising barbecue from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1123 Florida Ave. Barbecued pork and sausage sandwiches will be sold. For more information, call (727) 786-5852.

Elementary school volunteer wins award

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TARPON SPRINGS -- Donna Dodgen has been recognized for outstanding volunteer service to Sunset Hills Elementary School in Tarpon Springs. Dodgen recently was named a winner in the education category for JCPenney's Golden Rule Award and won $1,000 for her school.

As PTA president, Dodgen has helped launch activities in which Sunset Hills students shared breakfast with Santa, bought plants for Mother's Day, took part in an arts contest and learned about other countries.

Women's resource center hires new employee

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The Resource Center for Women recently announced that Dr. Dee Ann Foresman will join its staff at the One Stop Career Center in the Union Academy Cultural Center in Tarpon Springs and the RCW Largo Center.

Foresman is a former public school teacher, administrator and university professor with years of experience working with women. In Pasco County, she ran a 25-day self-esteem program for single mothers at the Workforce Development Council.

County seeking residents for juvenile welfare board

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The Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County is inviting residents interested in children, youth and families to serve on one of three community councils. The councils represent lower, middle and upper Pinellas. They include residents from various backgrounds, human services professionals and high school students.

The councils meet monthly and are involved in gathering and disseminating information about children and families, articulating community needs and trends, analyzing issues affecting families and neighborhoods, organizing special projects and making recommendations to the Juvenile Welfare Board.

Anyone interested in volunteering to be on a community council can call Dorthy Whitlock at (727) 547-5638 or They also can complete a brief information form available from the Juvenile Welfare Board, 6698 68th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. The deadline for forms and inquiries is July 31.

Bloodmobile to make stop at Palm Harbor Target

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PALM HARBOR -- The Florida Blood Services bloodmobile is heading to the Target store at 900 East Lake Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Healthy people who are 17 or older and weigh at least 100 pounds can donate blood. Identification is required before donation. For further eligibility information, call (800) 68-BLOOD.

Donors will receive a T-shirt, a coupon for a free ticket to Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, a wellness checkup that includes a cholesterol screening, coupons for a free hot dog and soft drink from Target, a Coolatta drink from Dunkin' Donuts and a short stack from the International House of Pancakes. Donors also can register to win round-trip tickets for two from United Airlines.

Typically, more than 600 blood donations a day are required to keep up with the demand for blood by Tampa Bay area medical facilities. Blood supply information is available at

Hospice offering grief support groups at cente

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The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast will begin several new bereavement support groups this month to help people who recently have lost a loved one.

These groups will meet from:

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from Thursday to Aug. 10.

10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays from July 11 to Aug. 15.

Both groups will meet at the hospice's North Community Service Center, 2675 Tampa Road in Palm Harbor. People who wish to take part in the support groups must register in advance and should plan to enroll no later than the second meeting. There is no charge.

Hospice foundation adds six new board members

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The Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast has elected six new members to its board of trustees. They are William "Bill" Carnes, general manager of Countryside Mall and an active member of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church; Pinellas County Administrator Fred Marquis; attorney and elder-law activist Bruce McManus; Tech Data Corp. senior vice president Joseph Trepani; Belleair activist Janice Warhurst; and community activist Kathy Wilder.

Group seeking donations to pay for dog's recovery

In mid-April, the Humane Society of North Pinellas picked up a 5-month-old Labrador mix from the side of the road in Tarpon Springs. The dog, nicknamed Elton, was starving, weighed just 15 pounds, had hookworm anemia, a heart murmur and so many fleas on his body that he looked like he was covered in tar spots, according to Humane Society workers. Even though the temperature was 80 degrees, he also suffered from hypothermia because his body had stopped generating heat

"That dog had no right to be alive," Humane Society executive director Rick Chaboudy said last week. "That dog was literally a breathing skeleton."

Since then, however, Elton has made such a strong recovery that the dog recently was placed in a new home in Tarpon Springs, Chaboudy said. In 10 weeks, the dog -- named for the Elton John song, I'm Still Standing -- gained more than 25 pounds.

Now the group has another severely injured dog. George, a 2-year-old miniature pinscher, came in June 17 from a veterinary clinic in Countryside.

Both of the dog's front legs were fractured, and he received surgery that is expected to give him the ability to walk again. The dog since has been placed in a foster home during its recovery.

Chaboudy said the Humane Society has raised about $400 to pay for the $1,700 surgery. He said anyone interested in making a small donation to pay for the surgery or adopting George can call the Humane Society at (727) 797-7722.

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