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Treasure Island Chamber unveils new logo, website

Treasure Island Chamber unveils new logo, website

Treasure Island, Florida -- The Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce will officially unveil its new website, logo, identity and objectives tonight at 6:00 pm, at The Club at Treasure Island.

Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bill Edwards will provide remarks and be available for interviews.

There will be a complimentary buffet with beverages and an additional cash bar.

The Club at Treasure Island is located on 400 Treasure Island Causeway.

Stetson hosts free law seminars for seniors

Stetson hosts free law seminars for seniors

Gulfport, Florida -- Stetson University College of Law is inviting local senior citizens to attend an upcoming series of Consumer Law Days scheduled on campus, which will be offered for free as a resource for elderly citizens.

All events in the series will be held on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and are intended to inform, educate, and empower elder individuals.

The schedule is as follows:

Jan. 25 - Shield Yourself from Financial Exploitation: Tax Season, Investment Opportunities, Consumer Scams and Frauds

Mar. 22 - Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse: Family Issues, Preplanning, Legal Document Basics

May 17 - Batten Down Against Disaster Frauds and Scams: Price Gouging, Home Repair, Insurance Concerns and Charity Fraud

Homeless to healing: How local mental health services are turning hard times into success stories

Homeless to healing: How local mental health services are turning hard times into success stories

Clearwater, Florida -- On the heels of the celebration and controversy surrounding 53-year-old internet sensation Ted Williams, a homeless man who was discovered to have a "golden voice" while panhandling in Ohio and subsequently thrown into a whirlwind of job offers earlier this month, local organizations in Tampa Bay are encouraging residents to think about similar stories in our own backyard.

According to John Morgan, Supervisor of Homeless Services at Directions for Mental Health, "Last year, we received a request to look out for a particular individual whose family wanted to reconnect and was concerned, after not hearing from him. Our Street Outreach team, in partnership with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, actually located that person and was able to help him get him on a bus and reunite with his family. When he got back to them, he learned he was a grandfather and also ended up staying with his family. It was a really wonderful story.”

As evidenced by stories like these from around the country, homelessness can touch the lives of any individual or family, regardless of talents, family history, or upbringing. Just as easily, those in a position to help can turn that misfortune around. Morgan explains why many hesitate to assist the homeless: “I think part of it is fear that we could be in that situation. Homelessness is such a widespread problem that people think that if they help 1 person, it doesn’t make a difference. But, it does.”

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Amputees to visit 'Winter' at Clearwater aquarium

Amputees to visit 'Winter' at Clearwater aquarium

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- "Winter," the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's celebrity dolphin, will get a visit Wednesday from a group of amputees.

It's part of a free program called "A Step Ahead for Amputees" that provides emotional and physical support to amputees and those facing limb loss, to help them return to a normal life.

Winter has gained fame for the aquarium's attempt at rehabilitation, by fitting her with a prosthetic tail that allows her to swim. She lost her real tail when it became snared in fishing net.

She has since become an inspiration to those who have lost limbs.

And she is among the stars of a major motion picture "A Dolphin's Tale" featuring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson, which premiers next fall.

Tarpon Springs MLK Parade

Tarpon Springs MLK Parade

Tarpon Springs, FL -- A celebration in Tarpon Springs in honor of Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. was held today.


The city hosted their annual MLK Parade this morning.


It started shortly after 11 a.m. at South Pinellas Avenue and Lemon Street outside the Bank of America.

Madiera Beach native inspires son to become a soldier

Madiera Beach native inspires son to become a soldier

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan - A Madiera Beach native has made quite the impression on his son. U.S. Army Pfc. John L. Pillow is following in his father's footsteps.

Pfc. Pillow's father is Madiera Beach native U.S. Army Col. James Pillow, Task Force MED-East chief of operations.

Col. Pillow, a nearly 26-year Army veteran, began his career at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Years later Pfc. Pillow, now assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, did the same.

"I thought it was very unique that my son and I both went to Leonard Wood for basic training," said Col. Pillow.

New meaning for energy efficiency in Seminole

New meaning for energy efficiency in Seminole

Seminole, FL -- You often hear of municipalities talking about "going green". 

Some folks will roll their eyes. Others will sigh, because to them the phrase has become rhetoric. 

Nevertheless, the City of Seminole epitomizes the term.