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Neighborhood briefs

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 23, 2001


Mudd to donate his entire raise to charity

PINELLAS PARK -- City Manager Jerry Mudd announced Wednesday that he is donating his entire raise to charity.

Mudd, who volunteers for the United Way, already had decided to give half of any raise he would receive to the organization. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Mudd said he decided all of his raise -- about $4,000 -- would be earmarked for survivors and family members of those lost in the attacks.

City to hold memorial service for attack victims

PINELLAS PARK -- City officials will hold a short memorial ceremony Saturday for victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

The 6:30 p.m. ceremony will take place at the England Brothers Band Shell in the park immediately north of City Hall, 5141 78th Ave. N.

After the ceremony, Pinellas Park officials will be offering a free oldies rock concert at the band shell. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

K of C to donate flag in memory of victims

PINELLAS PARK -- The Knights of Columbus Frank J. Lewis Assembly 0159 of the Father Lopez Council 5737 is donating a flag to the city in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The flag will be raised on the city park at the northeast corner of Park Boulevard and 49th Street N. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 6.

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 www.lizardhall.org.

Deaf Service Center offers new services

Friends of the Deaf Service Center in Pinellas County now offers complete Florida Telecommunications Relay services to local residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech impaired. Specialized telephones and ring-signaling devices are available free of charge, and the equipment will be loaned to qualified residents for as long as needed. For information, call 399-9983.

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 information on consumer issues, visit the department's Web site at www.pinellascounty.org 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.

Bayou Highlands plans neighborhood cleanup

The Bayou Highlands Neighborhood, 46th Avenue S to 54 Avenue S from Fourth Street to Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) St. N, St. Petersburg, will hold a neighborhood clean-up Monday. The city of St. Petersburg Sanitation Department will pick up trash including furniture, appliances, carpeting, yard waste (up to 4 feet long) and junk for free. Items not included are hazardous waste, paints, solvents, pesticides, automobiles or building materials. Materials should be placed at the normal pickup location. Call 867-8899.

Residents can exchange mercury thermometers

The St. Petersburg Public Utilities Department, Water Quality Assessment Division, has launched a new program to educate residents about the effects of toxic and hazardous materials. As part of this program, the city has partnered with several area businesses and agencies to provide a free medical mercury thermometer exchange.

Although not harmful when used properly, mercury thermometers contain a highly toxic substance that can pose a human health and environmental threat when broken and disposed of improperly. You can help avoid this contamination by taking your mercury thermometers in either their original case or wrapped in tissue and placed in a plastic bag to one of the following sites (between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.):

St. Anthony's Wellness Center, 144 First Ave. S, Suite 100

St. Petersburg Pier (Wednesdays), 800 Second Ave. NE

Pinellas County Department of Social Services (Sanderlin Center), 2335 22nd Ave. S

Pinellas County Department of Social Services, 647 First Ave. N

In exchange, residents will receive a free non-mercury medical thermometer. Supplies are limited; only one exchange per household. Call 551-3520.

Mental health, aging coalition hosts conference

"Facing the Future," the fourth annual conference hosted by the Florida Coalition for Optimal Mental Health and Aging, will be Oct. 25-26 at the Travelodge Hotel, 820 E Busch Blvd., Tampa.

The two-day event will focus on care and intervention plans regarding aging, mental health and substance abuse issues. The conference is targeted toward nurses, senior caregivers, therapists and mental health counselors, nursing home administrators, social workers and others in the field, but is also open to anyone interested in quality elder care.

Continuing education credits and certificates of attendance will be offered. The coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the mental health and substance abuse services for Florida seniors.

The fee is $40 for Florida Coalition members and $80 for non-members if received by the early registration deadline of Wednesday. After Wednesday the fee increases to $60 for members and $100 for non-members.

For information or to register, access the coalition's Web site at www.fmhi.usf.edu/coalition/ or call (813) 974-5929 or (888) 822-4464.

Vendors needed for church craft show

St. Paul United Methodist Church seeks artists and craftspersons to display their wares at the church's sixth annual craft show, "Homespun by Hands and Hearts," to be held Oct. 20 at the church's Christian Life Enrichment Center, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. Registration deadline is Monday or until display space is sold out. Call 585-4758 for an application or for information.

Click to avoid points on your driver's record

The Suncoast Safety Council now offers its traffic school on the Worldwide Web, for Florida residents with a moving violation who wish to prevent having points placed on their license. The four-hour course costs $35. Call 373-7233, ext. O, for information or to register.

Nursing home residents need ombudsmen

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Councils of the Tampa Bay area seek volunteers to serve as advocates to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, in order to investigate and resolve resident complaints.

Volunteer responsibilities may include periodic inspection of facilities, and travel expenses to and from facilities will be reimbursed.

Prospective ombudsmen should be free from a conflict of interest and will be interviewed before selection by local council members. The councils are also seeking specialized volunteers such as licensed pharmacists and social workers, elder law attorneys and registered dietitians.

If you are interested in volunteering, call (727) 588-6912 for the Mid- and South-Pinellas council, (727) 834-3127 for the North Pinellas and Pasco council or (813) 871-7185 for the West Central Florida council.

City of St. Petersburg offers water info line

Unsure of when to water? The city of St. Petersburg has set up an official phone line to answer questions about potable, well and reclaimed water restrictions. The information will be updated as guidelines change. Call 892-5300.

Boys and Girls Clubs seek car, boat donations

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Florida are seeking donations of unwanted, intact cars or boats, complete with the appropriate certificate of title, to help fund their many youth programs. Donated cars and boats will be sold, with proceeds to benefit local club chapters. The donation is tax deductible. The club will pick up donations and will arrange for free towing when necessary. For information, or to donate a car or boat, call (800) 246-0493.

Group to hold conference on caring for the elderly

"Soaring to New Heights in Elder Care" is the theme for this year's Guardian Association conference.

The conference will be from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave.Scheduled subjects include right-to-life issues, addressed by Judge George Greer, and sessions on community resources, Medicaid qualifications, ethics and incapacity. Attendees may be eligible for continuing education credits.

Fee for the conference is $75, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Call 360-3622 or visit www.guardian-association.com.

Crime Prevention run, festival set for Saturday

The 17th annual Crime Prevention Run and Festival in the Park will be held Saturday in Campbell Park, 601 14th St. S.

Registration for the 3.5-mile run will begin at 9 a.m.; the run will start at 10 a.m.

The first 1,000 participants to register will get a commemorative T-shirt. Trophies will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place finishers.

An accompanying festival will begin immediately following the run and will include free food, refreshments and entertainment.

Advance registration may be made at the Urban League, 333 31st St. N. Call 327-2081.

Boyd Hill Nature Park to hold photo contest

The entry deadline for this year's Boyd Hill Nature Park photo contest is Oct. 19. Entrants will compete in eight categories, each with a nature theme. Prizes range from $100 to $300 for adults, $15-$50 for youths.

You can pick up a brochure and entry form from Boyd Hill Nature Park, 1101 Country Club Way S, or call 823-6894 or 893-7326 for information.

Fire and rescue unit marks 50 years of service

On Oct. 7, the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue unit will observe both their 50th anniversary and a day of rememberance of firefighters killed in the line of duty. The observation will begin at noon at the station, 304 First St., Indian Rocks Beach. Call 595-1117, ext. 0.

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. French and baritone horn players are especially needed.

Applications available for grants for artists

Applications are now available for the Artist Resource Fund grants, awarded annually by the Pinellas County Arts Council.

A grants workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the St. Petersburg Times auditorium, 490 First Ave., S. Applications are available at a number of sites throughout Pinellas county. Call 453-7860.

Crafters needed for Seminole fall festival

Crafters are needed for the 17th annual Fall Festival Days, scheduled for Nov. 10-11 at the Seminole Vocational Education Center, 12611 86th Ave. N, Seminole. The festival will include live entertainment, pony and hay rides, games, food concessions and crafts. Call 596-6228.

Produce vendors needed for harvest and market

Pinellas Pioneer Settlement needs produce, plant and honey vendors for its 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.

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 Web site at www.lizardhall.org.

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