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Kids can help design and create their dream playground

Kids can help design and create their dream playground

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Rays, Citizens Alliance for Progress, Inc. and organizers from KaBOOM! need some young inspiration to help design a new playground at the Union Academy Family Center.

Organizers are asking kids to put crayon to paper and draw their dream playground. Elements from those drawings will be incorporated into the final design for the new playground which will be built in November at the Union Academy Family Center. Currently the center has no playground.

Back to School Candy Drawing

Back to School Candy Drawing

Pinellas County, Florida -- Do you know how many candies are inside?

The Pinellas Park Library is asking all area kids this question during their Back to School Candy
Drawing.

Stop by the Youth Services Desk anytime between September 1st and September 15th and take a guess as to how many candy pieces are inside the container.

The person who has the closest guess without going over will win the entire container!

This contest is open to kids between the ages of 5 - 18.

Pinellas Trail gets counters

Pinellas Trail gets counters

Pinellas County, Florida -- It is 47 miles long, has been a Pinellas County asset since it opened in 1990, and is now going to be monitored to get an accurate count of users. The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail is being outfitted with a series of infrared monitors to tally the number of runners, bikers and walkers who use this linear park.

D.R.O.P. to give out freebies at Mayor's Night Out

D.R.O.P. to give out freebies at Mayor's Night Out

St. Petersburg, Florida-- You can meet members of the city's newest crime fighting unit - the D.R.O.P. team - at Mayor's Night Out. 

Mayor Bill Foster will be at Wildwood Recreation Center located at 1000 28th St. South on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. 

The Deterrence Response Outreach and Prevention (D.R.O.P.) team will be handing out free bicycle lights and helping cyclists get their bike registered in case it's ever stolen. 

Book Sale Helps Fund New Library

Book Sale Helps Fund New Library

Gulfport, Florida -- When hearing that the book sale benefitted the library and its building fund, South Pasadena resident Steve Kelly handed library administrator Phyllis Ruscella an extra five dollars. Mr. Kelly bought 12 books and a small collection of National Geographics. "That will keep me busy for a while," he said.

Read more about the book sale that will help St. Pete Beach get a new library.

Palm Harbor Museum lands prestigious grant from Florida humanities council

Palm Harbor Museum lands prestigious grant from Florida humanities council

Palm Harbor, Florida -- The small museum with a big collection of historic artifacts from the Palm Harbor area has been awarded a grant from the Florida Humanities Council to host an exhibition from the renowned Smithsonian, titled The Way We Worked. Depicting early life of workers across the United States of America, this esteemed exhibition will be available free to the public in January and February 2015.

City to replace beachwalk lights

City to replace beachwalk lights

Clearwater Beach, Florida - The city is planning to replace the bollard lights that ring the BeachWalk.

Many of the lights have been taken out of service, because of weathering or vandalism, the city says.

New precast concrete lights have been ordered, but the timing of their installation is subject to approval by the Department of Environmental Protection. Like the present lights, the new ones cannot attract sea turtle hatchlings.