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Traffic app helps holiday shoppers

Before you head out to the mall this year for Christmas shopping keep in mind that you can take a look at what traffic looks like before you get on the highway.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has an app for that.

The Florida 511 app now features traffic camera views that show crashes, congestion and other incidents on all of Florida's interstates and roll roads. The app uses the iPhone's GPS tracking to provide you with traffic information within miles of your location.

New learning tools added to Clearwater Library Databases

New learning tools added to Clearwater Library Databases

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Clearwater Public Library System has added two powerful learning tools to its stable of databases. The databases include Learning Express and Mango Languages.

Library patrons can access the programs for free with their library cards, a username, password and PIN number. The programs are available both from computers at the library branches or with remote access from home computers.

Let's Go Science comes to Largo Cultural Center

Let's Go Science comes to Largo Cultural Center

Largo, Florida - Join Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall for a fun look at scientific principles in action on Saturday, November 12 at 11 a.m. at the Largo Cultural Center.

These two fun and funny "scientists" will address matter, gravity, air resistance, pressure and static electricity in a fast-paced, interactive and comedic show. It's going to be one science lesson that students won't want to miss.

Tickets are $7.50 adult, $6.50 children, $22 Family 4 pack and $15 Season Pass for any three shows in the Series. Tickets can be purchased online at LargoArts.com or by calling the Box Office at (727) 587-6793.

The 2011-12 Children's Educational Series is sponsored by the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation.

The Children's Educational Series continues through May 2012 with:

First-ever Nationwide Emergency Alert System test scheduled

First-ever Nationwide Emergency Alert System test scheduled

Pinellas County, FL -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.

The test will occur on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and may last up to three and a half minutes. The public will see a message indicating that This is a test. The audio message will be the same for radio, television and cable.

Computer service not available at Dunedin Library

Computer service not available at Dunedin Library

Dunedin, Fla. - If you're wondering why the computers at the Dunedin Public Library are down, it's because officials are replacing all the public computers with new ones.

Wireless service however is still available.

The computers are expected to be up and running on Oct. 18.

USF awarded $11M for Gulf spill research

USF awarded $11M for Gulf spill research

St. Petersburg, FL -- A research consortium led by the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science has been awarded more than $11 million through BP's Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to continue assessing the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The announcement was made Tuesday in Washington by Rita Colwell, chair of the Gulf Research Initiative's board. USF's College of Marine Science is one of just eight centers selected from 77 proposals nationwide.

The college will lead an international consortium of universities in four states, Canada, the Netherlands, and Germany, in examining the impact of the spill and the use of chemical dispersants.

Free Technical Assistance Available to Parents at Three District Schools this Summer

Free Technical Assistance Available to Parents  at Three District Schools this Summer

In April, district employees attended one of the four grand openings for the new tech support/training initiative, Café 2.1. Three schools-Palm Harbor University High; Morgan Fitzgerald Middle, Largo; and Maximo Elementary, St. Petersburg-were chosen to host one of three Café 2.1 technology sites similar to “Genius Bars” at Apple stores.

Now, parents who need help navigating Pinellas County School’s new website, Parent Portal or the Student Reservation System have the opportunity to meet with district “techperts” to have all their questions answered. Each Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-7:30 p.m., parents can get their technology questions answered in a relaxed, individualized session at one of the three convenient school locations.

Parents can get assistance with registering their child for school, how to get a parent password reset, or help in navigating the new website.