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  1. Hometown North Pinellas


    Episcopal Church of the Ascension donates for Pack-A-Sack program

    The Episcopal Church of the Ascension donated more than $2,600 to pay for milk in the Pack-A-Sack program run by First United Methodist Clearwater.
  2. Dr. Delay: Pinellas traffic officials to tweak signals near Largo Mall


    The Largo Mall entrance stoplight on Ulmerton Road just east of Seminole Boulevard has been causing traffic delays on eastbound Ulmerton at Seminole Boulevard. It appears that the light at the Largo Mall entrance is being triggered on-demand by folks exiting Largo Mall on the south side and the Publix/Home Depot …

    Lorrie Lykins
  3. Pinellas news briefs


    2nd Stage Studio Theater Offers classes for homeschooled

  4. Largo police active shooter training 'a sign of the times' for participants

    Public Safety

    LARGO — The classroom was full, but the chatter was quiet as the students picked at doughnuts and sipped coffee from paper cups.

    Trainees throw tennis balls and other objects to Largo police Officer Matt Williams, who pretends to be an active shooter, during a training to prepare residents and business owners in the event of an armed intruder. The training, called ALICE - Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate - took place at Largo Police Department on Saturday, November 18, 2017. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times
  5. Developer changes approach as downtown Largo project lags in financing


    LARGO — Driving down West Bay Drive, you may notice some changes to downtown Largo.

    A rendering of the proposed West Bay Lofts project, a conglomeration of mixed commercial and residential buildings. [Courtesy of City of Largo]
  6. Clearwater police searching for two men accused of stealing money from apartment drop boxes


    CLEARWATER — Authorities are looking for two men accused of stealing rent checks and money orders from drop boxes at several apartment complexes.

    Clearwater police are looking for two men accused of stealing rent checks and money orders from drop boxes at several apartment complexes. [Clearwater Police Department]
  7. After a vitriolic trial year, Dunedin City Commission to decide fate of paid parking next month


    DUNEDIN — It has been, without question, the most contentious issue to consume the city in decades, bringing residents out in droves to public meetings and pitting neighbor against neighbor.

    Paid parking spots are taken as businesses open on Tuesday on Main Street in downtown Dunedin. The Dunedin City Commission on Dec. 12 will decide the future of the controversial paid parking program..DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
  8. Holiday events begin, annual traffic snarls follow


    A few favorite holiday events are gearing up and that means impact to traffic, starting with the annual Times Turkey Trot, which will temporarily close streets Thanksgiving morning in Clearwater beginning at 6 a.m. until approximately noon. The following street closures will be in effect:

    The annual Times Turkey Trot will cause multiple road closures on Thanksgiving morning. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

  9. Attention Pinellas readers: Stay up-to-date with our new Facebook group

    Human Interest

    We at the Tampa Bay Times know how overwhelming it can be to find the news most useful to you in today's constant churn of information.

    St. Petersburg residents Bethany Hogan, and her husband, Shane Hogan, both 29, enjoy their dinner on a bench overlooking Tampa Bay from Vinoy Park as the sunset casts a pink glow in the eastern sky in this August 2017 file photo. The Tampa Bay Times has created a Facebook group for news across Pinellas County from St. Petersburg, where this photo was taken, up to Tarpon Springs. LARA CERRI   |   Times
  10. Hometown North Pinellas


    BayCare receives Community Benefit Achievement Award

    U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman First Class Holly A. Buckley. (Photo Courtesy of Joint Hometown News Service).
  11. Pinellas news briefs


    Paradise Lutheran Church invites community for Thanksgiving

  12. Nonprofit serving Hispanic community expands as population grows


    TARPON SPRINGS — Even as the founder of a Pinellas County nonprofit serving the Hispanic community leaves her post, the Hispanic Outreach Center continues to expand its presence in response to a growing need.

    Sandra Lyth, founder and CEO of the Hispanic Outreach Center, stepped down as of Sept. 30. The center has also opened a Tarpon Springs location to meet the needs of a growing Hispanic population in Pinellas County.
  13. Woman slammed surprise birthday cake on boyfriend's head after he came home late, police say

    Public Safety


    Woman faces charges after slamming birthday cake on boyfriend's head

  14. Clearwater sewer work will cause some inconvenience

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — A sewer pipe improvement project is under way across Clearwater and could cause disturbances such as noise from pumps, a resin odor, and construction equipment on streets.

  15. Clearwater Downtown Development Board member resigns after sexual battery charge

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Tony's Pizza owner Bledar Starova resigned from the Downtown Development Board on Oct. 24, the day after he was arrested and charged with sexual battery.