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By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 12, 2001

Lealman Fire District to acquire new equipment

LEALMAN -- Fire Commission members agreed Monday to spend $108,000 to buy new equipment. The purchase will include safety equipment, such as air bags and fireproof clothing, as well as radios and pagers to upgrade equipment in the Lealman Fire District.

Also included is $15,000 for a thermal imaging camera. The Lealman district already has one such camera, which allows firefighters to "see" through walls and smoke to detect fires and find bodies more easily. The only complaint firefighters have had about the camera, fire Chief Rick Graham said, is that the department had only one.

Pinellas Park to stage free rock 'n' roll celebration

PINELLAS PARK -- The city has a free treat for those who think that rock 'n' roll's heyday was in the '50s and '60s.

An end-of-summer celebration is planned for 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the England Brothers Band Shell in the park at 81st Avenue N and 52nd Street. That's just north of City Hall, 5141 78th Ave. N.

Playing will be the Streetlites, the Impacs, and Lauren Tiffany.

It will have an old-fashioned street dance theme.

Youth against violence program today

The National Association of Students against Violence Everywhere has scheduled a awareness workshop for 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. today. The seminar will be held at Sitel GM Communication Center, 5701 E Hillsborough Ave., Suite 2300 in Tampa. Call 1-866-343-7283 or visit on the web for additional information.

Monte Carlo Night to benefit homeless

The Fourth Annual Brighter Day Monte Carlo Night, which will benefit homeless families with children, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. 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 Sept. 20

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.

Vendors needed for craft show

The VA Bay Pines Hospital Employee Recreation Organization (HERO) seeks crafters and other vendors for their fourth annual charity craft fair to be held at the hospital, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, on Oct. 27. Vendors will be responsible for their own set-up. Proceeds will benefit the Adopt-A-Family Program. To register or for more information, call 398-9395.

2001 Job Odyssey to be held at Davis center

Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S, will be the site for a job fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Nearly 20 local companies, ranging from trnsportation to technology, will have representatives at the fair. Call 327-2081 or 893-7894.

Welcome to Tampa Bay International to meet

Welcome to Tampa Bay International will host its inaugural meeting and tea at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of Fine Art, 255 Beach Drive NE. The group is dedicated to promoting friendship among women of all nations. Reserve by calling 360-1149, 397-9706 or (813) 961-4991.

American Cancer Society prepares for Minority Ball

The 13th Annual Minority Ball is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday and will be held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. Last year's ball raised nearly $19,000 for the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $35. Call (727) 546-9822, ext. 7364.

Community band seeks a few new members

The St. Petersburg Community Band's 27th season is beginning and they want you to play! If you have ever played an instrument and long for the group music experience, give them a call at 526-3944. Do you fear that you're too rusty? Any player, any skill level is welcome.

Consumer education and protection is available

The Pinellas County Department of Consumer Protection wants Floridians to be aware of their rights in canceling contracts with service providers and solicitors.

Under Florida state law, the purchaser has the right to cancel many signed contracts within three days of signing. Services to be rendered in the future, such as gym memberships or dance lessons, and home solicitations amounting to $25 or more, are covered under the statute. New and used car sales are excluded. To cancel a contract, the buyer should send a certified letter to the seller within three business days of signing the contract.

For more information on consumer issues, visit the department's website at or call 464-6200.

Asian center offers GED, English classes

The Asian Family and Community Empowerment Center offers classes for general equivalency diploma preparation at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, English for speakers of other languages at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and citizenship preparation at 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the center, 2201 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The classes are free and open to the public. Call 321-8887.

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