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By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 29, 2001

Council to initially approve budget Thursday

PINELLAS PARK -- The Pinellas Park City Council is scheduled to give its initial approval to the 2001-02 budget at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be in City Hall, 5141 78th Ave. N. For information, call Tim Caddell, public events director, 541-0721.

Town Council to meet, discuss state application

KENNETH CITY -- The Town Council will hold a special meeting Thursday immediately after the 7:30 p.m. budget hearing to discuss a state application to improve the Community Park and changing the town's capital projects budget. Both meetings will be in Community Hall, 4600 58th St. N. For information, call Town Hall, 544-6655.

Fire Commission delays final vote on budget

LEALMAN -- The Fire Commission delayed its final vote on the 2001-02 budget. A new hearing date has not been scheduled.

Mayor Reeder is a leader of Florida League of Cities

SEMINOLE -- Mayor Dottie Reeder was elected Saturday to the office of second vice president for the Florida League of Cities, an organization of municipalities providing research, information and training to municipal officials.

Reeder said Tuesday she was honored by the "vote of confidence" from her fellow elected officials across the state. The one-year assignment will prepare her for the positions of first vice president and president, said Sharon Berrian, the league's associate director of public affairs.

The organization, which serves 405 cities, offers a variety of committees, conferences and programs for officials to participate in each year. Reeder, who has served as mayor of Seminole since 1995, is the immediate past president of the Suncoast League of Cities, one of 19 chapters in the statewide organization.

Recreation center is closed for now

SEMINOLE -- The Seminole Recreation Center is closed to the public until further notice.

That means that at least until early October, there will be no classes at the center, at 9100 113th St. N.

Also, because the new building is still considered a construction site, said Dori Maxemow, recreation supervisor, no walk-in traffic is allowed either.

"The portables, which we have been using for the past year, are in the process of being dismantled," Maxemow said.

She said people can still call the recreation office at 391-8345 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays if they have questions. Details about the grand opening will come later.

Art Linkletter to speak at YMCA annual breakfast

ST. PETERSBURG -- Renowned entertainer and motivational speaker Art Linkletter will be the featured speaker at the St. Petersburg YMCA's annual breakfast Oct. 18.

This year's breakfast will be at the new Jim and Heather Gills YMCA at 3200 First Ave. S. Moving into its last few weeks of construction, the new Y opens to the general public Oct. 8. Current members will be able to use it starting Oct. 1.

Linkletter, 89, a longtime radio and television host, wrote Kids Say the Darndest Things and Old Age Is Not for Sissies. He has remained busy on the speakers' circuit and is active with the YMCA's national organization.

Sponsorships are available for the breakfast starting at $25. For information, call Yalonda Williams, 895-9622. A main sponsor this year is Acordia -- A Wells Fargo Company.

Documentary to feature memories of Webb's City

ST. PETERSBURG -- If you have memories about working or shopping at Webb's City, the "world's most unusual drugstore," historians and dramatists want to hear from you.

As part of a documentary being produced about Webb's City, The St. Petersburg Museum of History and the LiveArts Peninsula Foundation will conduct a series of taped interviews with people who remember the city's cut-rate retail complex and its founder, James E. "Doc" Webb.

Interviews will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the museum, 335 Second Ave. NE, on the approach to The Pier. The interviews must be scheduled in advance. Those interested should call LiveArts, 565-0196.

Interviews not selected for the documentary will be saved for research purposes and will be available to the public at the museum.

Webb, a colorful entrepreneur from Tennessee, founded the store in 1925. Known for bargains, talking mermaids and dancing chickens, it stood for years on the southeast corner of First Avenue S and Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) Street before closing in 1979. Webb died in 1983.

Webb's City: the Musical, written by St. Petersburg playwright Bill Leavengood and Tampa composer Lee Ahlin, returns for its second run this fall. It will play Nov. 15-24 at the Bayfront Center.

On April 19, 2002, the museum will open Webb's City: the Exhibition. For information, call the museum at 894-1052.

Museum to open new exhibit in September

The Florida International Museum, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution's "Voices of Discovery" exhibit, will present "Only in America: Popular Music and American Culture 1956-1964" from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the museum, 100 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. The program will focus on how the music of the '50s and '60s symbolized changing American culture, including issues such as race, citizenship and equality. The presentation is free, but reservations are necessary as space is limited. To reserve a seat, call 822-3693.

Holiday weekend activities scheduled at The Pier

ST. PETERSBURG -- Free concerts, a car show, clowns and other entertainment are among activities scheduled at The Pier during Labor Day weekend.

Featured groups include the Southern rock band Rebel Pride, which will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, and the Tampa Bay Jazz All-Stars with Belinda Womack, performing from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

A Corvette show is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with a motorcycle display scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Monday activities include a Pier Aquarium scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; "Zoomzone" fun at Great Explorations, A Hands-On Museum; a stilt-walking juggler; and the Magical Purple Pirate.

Free senior directories available by mail

A free senior directory is available. The St. Petersburg Commission on Aging has included everything from adult day care to transportation, as well as senior consumer information phone numbers.

To receive a copy, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Senior Directory, Office on Aging, P.O. Box 2842, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-2842.

Chamber joins program for online recruiting

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce has an Internet program to help businesses find people to fill the many job openings in the St. Petersburg area.

In association with NationJob Inc. of Des Moines, Iowa, the chamber's new partnership will allow all chamber members to place job openings online at at no cost.

NationJob has testimonials from companies and communities across America who have found good applicants.

The service has been used by employers nationwide to recruit employees from janitorial staff to CEOs. Companies can participate without Internet access or even without the use of a computer. For information, call 821-4069.

Agencies detail new adult's rights

The Florida Bar and the Florida Department of Education have joined efforts to educate the state's high school seniors about their legal rights and responsibilities when they turn 18 years old. The Bar's committee developed a 24-page informational pamphlet that explains the privileges and legal obligations of new adults.

"Legal Guide for New Adults" have been sent to every senior in Florida's public high schools. Funding was provided by the Florida Bar and mailing expenses were provided by the Florida Department of Education.

The easy-to-read booklet explains such things as an individual's right to vote, right to sue in court, privilege to drive in Florida, right to enter a contract, rights and protections as a consumer and employee, rights when arrested, responsibility to file income tax and right to serve on a jury. Call (850) 561-5622.

Produce vendors needed for harvest and market

Pinellas Pioneer Settlement needs produce, plant and honey vendors for its very first Autumn Harvest and Farmer's Market, scheduled for Oct. 20. The Pioneer Settlement has as permanent exhibits a blacksmith shop, a print shop, sawmill and a completely furnished 19th century house

Guests of the Oct. 20 celebration also can bob for apples, compete in sack races and go on a hayride. Call 893-7326.

Walk for kidney disease will be held Sept. 8

A 2.6-mile walk to raise funds for polycistic kidney disease research will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway in Tierra Verde. There is no registration fee. Walkers from around the state of Florida will come with their lists of sponsors -- and perhaps their own donation -- and walk to raise money for a PKD cure. Walkers will receive a T-shirt. Call (813) 986-2850 or (813) 294-8968.

Monte Carlo Night to benefit homeless families

The Fourth Annual Brighter Day Monte Carlo Night, which will benefit homeless families with children, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 14. The event will be held at the St. Petersburg Suncoast Board of Realtors, 7655 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Casino games, such as black jack, roulette, Caribbean stud and craps, will be available for play. Live music will be provided by Terry Palone and the Alley Cats. Food and prizes round up the promised activities for a fun-filled evening.

Proceeds will help Brighter Day continue its work with struggling families, teaching them to meet basic needs, manage households, get jobs and generally improve the quality of their family life. Admission is $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 381-5103.

Job fair for disabled scheduled in September

Abilities Workforce Services and Suncoast Human Resources Association will be joint hosts for a job fair to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 20. The event, which will place special emphasis on employment opportunities for people with disabilities, will be held at the holiday Inn Select, 3535 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater. Admission is free. Call 538-7370, ext. 364.

American Legion post plans mortgage burning

American Legion Post 125, founded in 1941, will hold a mortgage burning ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the post, 6440 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. For more information, call the post at 347-6085.

Circus McGurkis issues call to vendors

Artists, craftspeople and nonprofit community service organizations need to apply soon to be included in the 30th annual Circus McGurkis, the People's Fair. Call 896-0310 or 823-2113 or visit the website at

Breast, cervical cancer screenings are available

LARGO -- The Pinellas County Health Department Largo Health Center, 12420 130th Ave. N, offers screenings for breast and cervical cancer for women ages 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.

Need help with down payment, repairs?

CLEARWATER -- Money for housing rehabilitation and down payment assistance is available through Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. To qualify, families must be at or below the 80 percent area median income level. Business loans are also available throughout Pinellas County. For information on either program, call 442-4155.

Long Center camps seek counselors

CLEARWATER -- Camp counselors 18 and older are needed for the Totally Teen and Sunshine Play camps at the Long Center, 1501 Belcher Road N, Clearwater. The programs are sponsored by Safety Harbor Leisure Services. To sign up or get information, call the Long Center at 724-1570.

Support after rape, harassment available

CLEARWATER -- Family Service Centers, 2960 Roosevelt Blvd., provides free counseling to rape survivors and their family and friends, as well as to sexual harassment victims. All services of the Centers' Rape Crisis Program are confidential and funded by the Pinellas County Department of Health, the Florida Department of Health and the United Way. For information, call 535-9811 or 530-7273 (530-RAPE).

DivorceCare meets Wednesday nights

CLEARWATER -- DivorceCare seminars and support group meetings are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Clearwater First Church of the Nazarene, 1875 Nursery Road. Each session features a videotape, followed by a support group meeting. Topics to be covered include facing anger, depression, loneliness, financial survival, child care and new relationships. Child care and other activities for children are available. To register, call Dolly Hickey, 446-3130, or come early to a session. There is a one-time $10 charge.

Firefighting museum gives tours to kids

LARGO -- The Kids Firehouse Museum, 9510 Kids Firehouse Ave., (south of Ulmerton Road at 95th Street) in Largo, has openings for spring/summer tours for groups of children up to age 10. The firehouse has 11 antique firetrucks and a playground. Children learn fire safety, watch a video and receive free memorabilia. Free admission, but donations accepted. Call 585-1300.

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