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Free music series honors fallen St. Pete heroes

Free music series honors fallen St. Pete heroes

Safety Harbor, FL – The 3rd Friday Music Series is honored and proud to host the Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities at this ever-popular street festival. Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities will be selling memorial t-shirts in honor of local fallen heroes, St. Petersburg Police Department Sergeant Thomas Baitinger and K-9/TAC Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, who were killed in the line of duty on Jan. 24, 2011. In honor of these brave men, Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities will be displaying Sgt. Baitinger’s police cruiser and Ofc. Yaslowitz’s K-9 vehicle at the event.

T-shirts are $15 each with all proceeds going directly to the heroes’ families. Monetary donations can be made at the event, the St. Petersburg Police Department or at any Wachovia Bank (Jeffrey Yaslowitz/Thomas Baitinger Memorial Fund).  

The 3rd Friday Music Series features shopping, dining & entertainment, in beautiful downtown Safety Harbor.  This fun family event runs from 6:00-10:00 p.m. tomorrow night. This month will feature live blues music by The Lois Greco Band, lots of great food and some of the area’s finest arts & crafts vendors along Main Street from Bayshore Blvd. to 6th Avenue.

Looking for the 'Citizen of the Year'

Looking for the 'Citizen of the Year'

Tampa Bay, Florida -- The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce is soliciting nominations for the Citizen of the Year. We annually recognize citizens who have displayed an extraordinary sense of community through their contributions. There is no specific criterion for the award as we know that we know many of the qualities that mark these special people are intangible and the submissions may me made for a wide variety of reasons. 

We have four different citizen of the year awards: Oldsmar, NW Hillsborough (Westchase, Odessa, Citrus Park), Town N Country and the Upper Tampa Bay Cup for the citizens whose contributions have impacted the broader community. Our winners will be announced at our May 11 Chamber Board Awards and Installation Luncheon. 

Stetson Law accepting Hall of Fame nominees

Stetson Law accepting Hall of Fame nominees

Gulfport, Florida -- Stetson University College of Law is accepting nominations for its prestigious Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their professions and have affected a profound, positive influence on the law school.

New members are inducted into Stetson Law’s Hall of Fame each year in the fall. The 2010 inductees were Kay Eddy, the Firestone Family, philanthropists Edward and Bonnie Foreman, Professor Ruthann Robson ’79, Seminole Tribe of Florida general counsel Jim Shore BA ’76 and JD ’80, top-ranked Tampa attorney Gary Trombley ’73, and Judge Dan Warren ’52.

For biographies and videos about past winners, please see the Hall of Fame website. 

Dunedin fundraiser for prostate cancer patient

Dunedin fundraiser for prostate cancer patient

Dunedin, FL - On Feb. 22, 2011, you have a chance to help prolong the life of a Dunedin man.

"Maduro and Meatballs for Meds" will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Dunedin House of Beer. 

All proceeds will go to cancer patient Ken Blaisse. 

Ken has prostate cancer that has spread to the bone and while his current medication is combating further spread, the best chance of slowing it down is a new vaccine, Provenge. 

This vaccine has proven to be helpful in treating prostate cancer but it is expensive.  While the insurance company approved its use, it has been slow to pay the doctors. 

2011 Junior Sungoddess Court selected

2011 Junior Sungoddess Court selected

Pinellas County, FL -- The Junior Sungoddess Scholarship Program, a tradition in St. Petersburg since 1955, was established to recognize high school girls in Pinellas County who demonstrate a commitment to serve and be active in their school and community and who also maintain good academic standing. 

Those chosen to the court will represent the Suncoasters and the City of St. Petersburg as goodwill ambassadors throughout the year.

From a large group of applicants representing almost every high school in Pinellas County, the 2011 Junior Sungoddess Court has been selected.

Those 20 girls chosen for the court this year are:

St. Pete, Pinellas housing authorities still fighting for emails

St. Pete, Pinellas housing authorities still fighting for emails

St. Petersburg, FL -- The county housing authority may have won it's court battle with it's former director, who now represents the city's housing authority, but the war is far from over.


Darrell Irions, now director of St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA), was ordered by a judge this week to turn over his personal hard drives to the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA).


Irions used to manage both agencies before a messy divorce.

WWII vet flies a B-17 again for the first time since he was shot down

WWII vet flies a B-17 again for the first time since he was shot down

Palm Harbor, FL -- Mr. Norbert Swierz, a resident of Palm Harbor, has survived against the most incredible odds imaginable.


His B-17 was shot down over Antwerp (he was shot in the leg). A British patrol boat navigated through a heavily mined part of water off the Belgium coast and rescued him and some of his crew.


Mr. Swierz recovered from his wounds and went on to fly more missions. His B-17 "Bomb Boogie" was shot down.


He was captured and taken to Stalag 7. During his transfer to Stalag 17 he tried to escape, but was captured. He attempted another incredible escape and spent months in horrible conditions, and was captured again.