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Window on Pinellas, Dec. 13

Suncoast News staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 09:48 PM

Man arrested for battery on officer

A Clearwater man was arrested for multiple battery charges on Saturday afternoon after becoming enraged over a parking ticket.

Son Uong, 37, approached Parking Enforcement Officer Norton McGiffin IV at a city parking spot on Gulfview Boulevard and attempted to physically remove McGiffin from his vehicle, according to police.

Backup units responded to separate Uong and McGiffin and the first responder said he heard Uong make the statement, "Someone is going to die today."

Upon searching Uong's vehicle, officers found a handgun and an assault rifle, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

He was also carrying a fully loaded handgun in his pants pocket, police said.

McGiffin was treated for a minor injury.

Uong was transported to the county jail.

Winn-Dixie hunger relief

In response to 1 in 5 children not knowing when they will eat their next meal, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. has launched the Winn-Dixie Hunger Relief program at all its locations.

The grocery chain is asking customers to make a difference by donating any amount at the point of checkout or by purchasing specially marked Winn-Dixie brand products whose manufacturers have donated to the program. The initiative runs until Monday.

All money raised at the register goes directly to local Feeding America-affiliated food banks, including Feeding America Tampa Bay. Customers are also being asked to help spread the word through social media. Twitter users are encouraged to follow @WinnDixie and use the hash tag #Tweet2Eat when they donate in stores.

Holiday play at PH Library

The Palm Harbor Library will present two performances of "Every Christmas Story Ever Told … and Then Some" at 6 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

The lighthearted play by Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald and Jon K. Alvarez looks at multiple holiday favorites as a trio of performers make costume changes on the fly and introduce stories from around the world.

A $5 to $10 donation at the door will be collected. For more information, call the library at (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.

Pinellas PAL gets equipment

Replay Tampa Bay, a sporting goods drive presented by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, the Elder Automotive Group and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, donated new and gently used equipment on Tuesday to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Police Athletic League. Players and coaches from the USF football program were in attendance at the presentation at the Pinellas Sheriff's PAL Sports Complex, in St. Petersburg.

Volunteer opportunity

Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The program's local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents' concerns. Special training and certification is provided.

Interested volunteers can call, toll free, (888) 831-0404 or go to www.ombusman.myflorida.com.

The local council meets on the third Thursday of each month in Room 136 of the Mary Grizzle Building, 11351 Ulmerton Road, Largo. The public meetings begin at 1 p.m.

Tarpon Springs adult track

Fleet-of-foot residents looking for an opportunity to hit the track again can now do so with the city's recreation department.

Tarpon Springs' new adult track club has been launched under the direction of Coach Celia Dubey.

The cost to join is $30 per month for city residents and $33.21 for nonresidents.

Workouts will concentrate on speed work against the clock and some grass running will also be incorporated. Participants must bring good running shoes and outdoor attire. For more information, call (727) 942-5628.

Life-sized Clue board game

The staff at Palm Harbor Library has put together a life-sized version of the board game Clue and participants will get to play Col. Mustard and the other suspects.

Players take on the role of different characters to try and solve the murder mystery. Participants are welcome to play alone or as part of a team.

Preregistration is required for this special holiday program. The game will be played 2-4 p.m. Dec. 29. Registration can be done at the Children's Desk or online at www.palmharborlibrary.org or by phone at (727) 784-3332, ext. 3018.

Clearwater Beach plans fireworks

Clearwater Beach will present its Light It Up New Year's Celebration with free fireworks at the beach.

The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event. Fireworks go off at midnight and a party will also be held in the Duval Ballroom at the Holiday Inn and Suites on the beach. Tickets for the party are $65 per person and include appetizers, music, dancing, party favors and champagne.

For more information go to www.LightItUpClearwater.com.

Social Security workshops set

The East Lake Community Library is holding free educational workshops regarding Social Security benefits. The workshops are set for 1 p.m. Jan. 24 and Jan. 31.

Terry O'Reilly and George Chambers of the Barlas and Chambers LLC financial firm will present the afternoon's information and tips for increasing Social Security income.

The East Lake Library is at 4125 East Lake Road. For more information, call (727) 773-2665.

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