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Window on Pinellas, Dec. 27

Suncoast News staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 09:54 PM

Reward to nab bank robber

According to a recent media alert, Largo Police detectives are seeking assistance from the public in identifying the person responsible for a bank robbery on Dec. 14. Tipsters who assist in the making of an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

The robbery occurred at 9:11 a.m. at the BB&T Bank branch at 14141 Walsingham Road, Largo.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 25-30 years old, about 5-foot-9 with a thin build. No weapons were displayed during the robbery and the suspect fled on foot. He was last seen wearing dark pants and a dark jacket with white writing on the back.

The suspect was spotted loitering about the Publix at 12022 Indian Rocks Road prior to the bank robbery.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County toll free at (800) 873-8477 or go to

Surf Style casting call

Locals looking to be part of Clearwater Beach's Surf Style marketing campaign for 2013 have that opportunity Jan. 5.

The surf shop is looking for the next faces of its 2013 campaign that will appear in ads online and in print.

Men and women of all ages are welcome to come to the casting call from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Surf Style Megastore located at 311 S. Gulfview Blvd.

Winners will also receive a $200 Surf Style gift card and a free Flowrider session.

Deputies deliver holiday meals

Deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Community Policing Unit helped deliver holiday dinners to families in need last Friday in Largo.

Firefighters from the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District and volunteers from the Calvary Episcopal Church participated by loading Sheriff's Office vehicles with ham dinners destined for the more than 60 families.

The event was organized for the ninth year by the Calvary Episcopal Church of Indian Rocks Beach and meals were distributed at the Publix at 12022 Indian Rocks Road.

To help donate to the church's community efforts throughout the year, contact it at (727) 595-2374.

Tarpon to screen free movie

The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department has announced 2013's first free movie opportunity.

A showing of "Arbitrage" will be offered at 1 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Tarpon Springs Community Center. The center is at 400 S. Walton Ave.

"Arbitrage" is a 2012 drama starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon about a troubled hedge fund magnate struggling to sell off his empire.

Seating is limited and people are advised to arrive early.

Fiscal health resolution

Pinellas County Extension, a partnership between Pinellas County government and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is joining with the Palm Harbor Library to help educate residents on how to improve their fiscal health in 2013.

The Florida Master Money Mentor Program is a Pinellas County Extension creation. Certified volunteers involved in the program will put on a workshop entitled Managing Your Money throughout January and February.

The workshop will help individuals or families build spending and savings plans and establish financial goals.

The workshops will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and Feb. 7, and 1-3 p.m. Jan. 14 and Feb. 19.

Workshops are free and participants can register by calling (727) 582-2103 or going to

More information can also be found by calling the Palm Harbor Library at (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.

Holiday lights in the Gardens

The Holiday Lights in the Gardens will continue spreading holiday cheer through Jan. 1 at the Florida Botanical Gardens.

More than 500,000 environmentally friendly lights twinkle from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each evening.

A laser light show and an expansion of the lights were new additions to the facility's holiday display.

A dog parade is also scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday. A recommended donation of at least $2 is requested to attend the parade.

To learn more about what the Florida Botanical Gardens offers during the holiday season, call (727) 582-2117.

Tarpon quality of life event set

Florida Hospital North Pinellas is partnering with Mount Moriah AME Church in Tarpon Springs for an event on Jan. 5 that focuses on residents' quality of life in the city.

The church's 2013 exposition will be held at the Tarpon Springs Recreation Center, 400 S. Walton Ave.

"Our vision for the (Tarpon Springs) community is to have a life skills program in place where we can teach people how to communicate, how to conduct themselves in a job interview, how to dress appropriately, proper hygiene and proper diet," the Rev. Herbert Stallworth, the church's pastor, said in a hospital press release.

The event's target age for attendees is 10-18 and enrollment is free. Dwight Gilmer, president and CEO of TEAM International Consulting, will lead the day's discussion.

For details or to volunteer, call (727) 938-0873.

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 to 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. Saturday.

Register at the Children's Desk, at www.palmharbor or by calling (727) 784-3332, ext. 3018.

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 details, call (727) 773-2665.

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 details, go to the event's website, www.light

Brooker Creek hikes offered

Brooker Creek Preserve's Saturday hikes continue through Saturday.

Volunteer guides lead groups to see how the land has changed over time.

Closed-toe shoes, water and a hat are recommended for the 90-minute, three-quarter mile hikes that begin at 9 a.m.

For details, call (727) 942-5628.


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