Friday, March 1, 2013
Officials say cold shelters will open at various locations around the county around 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Guests will be accepted throughout the night.
Anticipated cold temperatures and high wind gusts over the weekend are prompting Pinellas County officials to open cold night shelters on Sunday, March 3. Temperatures are expected to drop to 48, and wind gusts may reach up to 20 mph. Officials say cold shelters will open at various locations around the county around 6 p.m. Guests will be accepted throughout the night. The shelters will close Monday morning at approximately 6 a.m. Shelter guests are provided a hot evening meal, a warm, safe place to spend the night and breakfast the following morning, county officials say. Families with children are placed in motels. To make arrangements for a family, call Sarah Snyder with the Homeless Leadership Board at 727-424-1355. Nearby locations …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A Largo-based company will manufacture a specialty line of surge protectors.
A Largo-based company recently celebrated the signing of an agreement to produce a new line of specialized surge protective devices that will be used at mission critical facilities, according to a media release. Surge protectors protect electronics from spikes or surges in power. The Sunshine State is known as the lightning capital of the country, with thunderstorms occuring about 100 days during the year. The Tampa Bay area is "right in the middle of the danger zone" for storms, according to the University of Florida Extension website. Since 1985 Advanced Protection Technologies (APT) has designed industrial, commercial, oil/gas and residential surge protective devices in the heart of lightning country. The privately held company, located…
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
A local couple plans to celebrate a new life together in the New Year with a wedding on Indian Rocks Beach.
A Clearwater couple radiated excitement about their New Year's Day wedding plans one recent morning at Frida's Bakery in Largo. Between bites of a sample Frida's Italian-Rum cake, which they ultimately selected as their wedding day dessert, Maria Posani and Thomas William Kish shared the story of how their New Year's Day wedding on Indian Rocks Beach came to be. Posani, 45, is the mother of a young daughter with cerebral palsy. She said she had resigned to being alone as a single parent. "I didn't think anyone would accept the situation and be wonderful about it," Posani said. But Posani's life changed through an "old-fashioned personal ad" in 2010, she said. Posani's future mother-in-law told her son, Kish, 56, of Clearwater, about a …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Did you or your family run in the Frenchy's Tiki 5K Beer Run And Phinley's Holiday 10K in Clearwater on Saturday? Add your photos here!
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Did you or your family run in the Frenchy's Tiki 5K Beer Run And Phinley's Holiday 10K on Saturday in Clearwater? Patch was there! Seven Patch editors and one of our advertising managers took up organizer Suzanne Henslee's fitness challenge and ran in the holiday race at Bright House Field. Check out the attached photo gallery to see Patchers in action. If you took photos of your own, be sure to add them! Just click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button in green.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Tampa Bay’s elusive celebrity will soon call the Wild Things zoo home.
One of Tampa Bay’s most notorious fugitives is making the move to Pasco County from his recent temporary home in Seminole. Cornelius, the rhesus macaque who eluded capture for years while making headlines throughout Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties, is anticipated to arrive at Dade City’s Wild Things zoo on Monday, according to TBO.com. The little macaque’s antics earned him plenty of press – both good and bad. There were sightings of him in Clearwater and St. Petersburg during his years on the run. The little critter, believed to have been cast out of a colony in Silver Springs, was also accused of biting a woman during his lengthy life on the lam in Pinellas County. The Mystery Monkey, who was renamed Cornelius after a character…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Fire rescue personnel from Clearwater, Largo and Safety Harbor conducted live fire training in Clearwater on Tuesday.
For four hours Tuesday morning, local firefighters conducted fire training exercises at the Clearwater Fire Rescue burn building, according to a post on the Largo Fire Rescue Facebook page. Engine 40 from Largo Fire Rescue joined Clearwater and Safety Harbor firefighters in the exercises. The crews practiced using hoses, thermal image cameras and victim searches, Largo Fire reports. "The real fire that firefighters are challenged with in training evolutions is extremely valuable and can make the difference when we respond to a true fire," Largo Fire reports.
Friday, November 9, 2012
The swim, bike and run Land Rover TriRock Clearwater Triathlon race is set for Sunday, Nov. 11.
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Friday, November 9, 2012
Running, swimming, biking and rocking. Participants and spectators of the Land Rover TriRock Clearwater Triathlon will fill the streets, beach and Gulf of Mexico for the inaugural race Sunday. The race is a musical marathon with live bands along the swim, bike and run courses as well as a post-race party and concert. The race features a beach start and open water swim near Pier 60, a bike ride through the beaches and downtown Clearwater and a run along south beach and over the Memorial Causeway Bridge. It starts at 6:50 a.m. with sprint and intermediate distance events as well as a three-person triathlon relay. The sprint race includes a 500-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and three mile run. The intermediate course includes a 1,500-meter …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The suspect is wanted in connection with a spree that began in September and includes break-ins in three counties. The most recent robbery took place Nov. 1.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for some help to identify a suspect wanted in connection with seven armed restaurant robberies in three different counties, including a Pizza Hut in the Clearwater/Largo area nearly two months ago. The spree began in September as a single armed robbery at a Gunn Highway Papa John’s. It has since grown to include a number of robberies in Hillsborough County, the Pizza Hut in Pinellas and one in Hernando. The suspect has only targeted pizza and fast-food restaurants to date. The man wanted in connection with the crimes is described as a black male between the age of 22 and 35. He is about 150 to 180 pounds and stands between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-11. He wears a black ski mask during the …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The scale model of the Washington, DC, monument is traveling around Pinellas County via motorcade Thursday on its way to two Clearwater events.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is coming to Pinellas County. The Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance is bringing the 6-foot-tall scale model of the Washington, DC, monument through Largo and several other cities on Thursday, Nov. 1. The memorial will travel by motorcade with an escort from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, more than 100 veteran bikers and several military bikers, organizers said. The motorcade will pass nine local elementary schools, along with other government buildings, businesses and neighborhoods. It's expected to be making its way through Largo between 11 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday on its way to its final stop in Clearwater, where it will be on display in Coachman Park beginning at noon Friday. A Veterans Appreciation …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies will be on the lookout for drug- and alcohol-impaired drivers.
Law enforcement officials will be setting up a DUI checkpoint Friday night on Ulmerton Road in an effort to keep the roads safe from drunk drivers. The sobriety checkpoint will be set up at the National Aviation Academy, 6225 Ulmerton Rd., from 10 p.m. Friday through 3 a.m. Saturday, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a media release. The sheriff's office sets up monthly checkpoints at various locations throughout the county. Patrol, community policing, K-9 and narcotics deputies will be on the lookout for for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers, as well as driver license, registration, insurance, and equipment violations.