Community services officers
The revamped Palm Harbor Community Services Agency elected 2014 officers at a recent meeting.
The board oversees the Palm Harbor and East Lake Community libraries and Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation.
In September, the Pinellas County Commission changed the makeup of the board. Commissioners added a seat for an East Lake library representative, took away two seats that had been appointed by the Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and also decided that four members of the seven-member PHCSA board would be appointed by the County Commission itself.
Officers elected for 2014 are Rex Haslam, a representative from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, who will again serve as chair; Holly Bird, appointed to PHCSA by the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners, who will serve as vice chair; Tom McKone, also appointed by the County Commission, secretary; and Rob Moore, appointed by the East Lake Community Library Advisory Board, treasurer. The officers' terms will expire in October.
The other members of the PHCSA board include Sharon Pikulinski, appointed by the Friends of the Palm Harbor Library, and Terry Haas and Elliott Stern, both appointed by the Pinellas County Commission.
Watering rules get tougher
Tighter watering restrictions for Clearwater residents go into effect Thursday and will remain in effect through March 1, following a decision by the Southwest Florida Water Management District to implement Phase II water shortage restrictions.
City residents with established lawns may water only once per week unless they use reclaimed water. Even-numbered addresses may water on Saturdays and odd-numbered addresses on Sundays. Watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
Landscape plants may be sprinkled any day at any time if they are hand-watered or a micro-irrigation device is used.
New lawns may be watered any day of the week for the first 30 days after they are planted, and three days a week for days 31 through 60. Watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
Reclaimed water users may water any day before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Citations may be issued to those who violate the restrictions.
Residents can call the Water Conservation Hotline at (727) 562-4987 or visit myclearwater.com/watering to learn more. For any other inquiries, call Clearwater Public Utilities at (727) 562-4960.
Clearwater adjusts some hours this week
City offices, libraries and recreation facilities will be closed on Christmas Day, but there will be no changes to residential black barrel, recycling, trash, and yard waste collection schedules for the holiday.
Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Pier 60 will be open on Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Now seniors can learn just how that cellphone works
"Smart Phone — Smart You" is a new program through Senior Citizens Services, 1204 Rogers St. in Clearwater. The program provides private lessons in cellphone usage which are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. by appointment.
The 90-minute session is offered for $10. For registration, call (727) 442-8104.
Library has new hours coming soon
Good news for bookworms and library fans.
The new year will bring new hours at the East Lake Community Library.
Beginning Jan. 6, the library, located at 4125 East Lake Road, will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It will be closed on Sunday.
For more information or directions, visit east lakelibrary.org or call (727)773-2665.
Tobacco Free Coalition announces meetings
The Tobacco Free Coalition of Pinellas County is dedicated to improving the health of Pinellas residents by working to reduce tobacco use and exposure to toxic secondhand smoke. Its meetings are open to the public and feedback is encouraged.
The meetings are held at the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County's Mid-County Health Department's conference room, 8751 Ulmerton Road, in Largo.
Meetings will be held on these dates at 3 p.m.: Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 6 and June 3.
Library, city offices on holiday schedule
The Oldsmar Public Library will close at 5 p.m. Monday and will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday. All city offices will be closed all day on Wednesday so that the city staff can celebrate the holiday.