Saul Shwarztein will take you “move by move” through the start-up of Dunedin's very own Chess Club on May 7. Here's what's to know.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
This two-day weekend eco-celebration highlights the natural attributes of Honeymoon and Caladesi island state parks.
Meet live animals, climb a rock wall or take a walk on the water. Honeymoon Island State Park has many more eco-activities planned at this weekend's Island EarthDays celebration, including food and beer, craft vendors, live music, children's events and education exhibits that all showcase the island's natural attributes. Participants can win prize drawings or bid on auction items throughout the two-day event. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Island Parks, a non-profit that supports the needs of Honeymoon and Caladesi Island state parks. The organization is focusing major fundraising efforts on plans for a roughly $700,000 observation and education tower for Caladesi Island. Organizers outlined a schedule for the day's events on the official…
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Newly-formed Suncoast Vipers 11-and-under baseball team take home a championship trophy in its first travel tournament, Les Janiszewski, Vipers information manager, reports.
The newly-formed Suncoast Vipers youth baseball team earned a championship trophy in its first travel ball tournament April 7 in Tampa. Manager Rick Earley and coaches Terry Mohr, Dave Wonch and Jimmy Parasco went into the tournament with high expectations for the Vipers team, comprised mostly of 11-year-old Dunedin players. And they say the boys delivered on their dream of winning their first-ever tournament. The Vipers won the semifinal 5-4 beating the Riverview Cyclones in a nail-biter and then won the championship in another close fought 5-4 win against the Lakewood Ranch Marauders. Zach Kelly boosted the Vipers into the championship with a bases-loaded, walk-off triple in the semi-final. Then, Ryley Jones pitched a complete game in …
Friday, April 12, 2013
A newly-installed water slide at Highlander Pool welcomes the opening of Dunedin's pool season.
Highlander Pool welcomes a splashing new feature for children this season. The two-flume water slide is one of a few pool enhancements made possible from a $15,000 budget appropriation in August 2012. The pool was resurfased, and a new mobile chairlift for ADA access was also added. The water slide attraction was installed in time for the opening of pool season on April 1. Slide hours are limited, but the feature is included in admission, which is $3 a person. April to June 9: June 10 to Aug. 18: Aug. 19 to Sept. 30: *Pool hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. To see more aquatic programs offered in Dunedin, check out the Parks and Recreation Department's full schedule in the "Photos and Videos" …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
City commissioners accepted a $200,000 check from the Dunedin Youth Guild for a future nature-themed playground at J.C. Weaver Park during Thursday's public hearing at City Hall.
Women from the Dunedin Youth Guild delivered a giant $200,000 check Thursday for a nature-themed playground coming to Weaver Park this summer. The playground will blend into the natural surroundings at J.C. Weaver Park, because all of its parts will "look like real pieces of nature," said Lanie Sheets, parks and recreation superintendant, at the Feb. 7 public hearing at City Hall. It will be built to reflect the trees, ants, caterpillars and butterflies that tend to capture children's imaginations. The surface underneath will be artificial grass. Artifical tree trunks will be used for a natural look, and children will even have "giant bird eggs to spin around in," Sheets said. It is also to be designed with accessibility in mind for …
Monday, September 3, 2012
A trio of 13-year-olds are making decorative bows in hopes of collecting $500 for UNICEF.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally posted on Dunedin Patch on Sept. 3. It was chosen for Huffington Post's Greatest Person of the Day feature on Sept. 5. Twins Annelise and Micheal Viera, Dunedin Highland Middle School students, and friend Ronnie Riccobene — weren't trying to raise money for a dance, a trip or even their back to school wardrobes at Safety Harbor's latest 3rd Friday event. No, the eighth-graders were selling their brightly-colored hair bows, flower clips and headbands at their All Tied Up Bowtique with the goal of raising $500 for a UNICEF water filtration project. "We started making the bows this summer while we were attending a St. Pete College for Kids camp at Curlew Creek Elementary School," Riccobene explained. "…
Saturday, August 4, 2012
"There's a Scottish sub-culture around the world, and you don't even realize it until you're a part of it," says Elizabeth Constantine, 27.
A Scottish Highland dancer who picked up the art as a child is now passing along her expertise to area youngsters. "They're so cute. You forget what age you were when you learned to do things like jump and skip," Elizabeth Constantine, 27, said. "It's so cute." Constantine began Scottish Highland dancing when she was 8. She has performed and competed in the United States, Europe and Asia and has also landed gigs at Walt Disney resorts in Orlando, Tokyo and Hong Kong. She has also performed at Dunedin's Highland Games and the Virginia International Tattoo. "The great thing about Scottish dancing is I've been able to do it around the world. There's a Scottish sub-culture around the world, and you don't even realize it until you're a part of …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The Florida District 12 all-stars beat Texas 4-3 in their second game at the Big League World Series in Easley, SC, on Friday.
EASLEY, SC — Having to wait until a summer storm passed over the J.B. "Red" Owens Complex didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the Southwest and Southeast teams Friday at the Big League World Series. The rain delayed the game by about an hour, but both teams were eager to face off, and kept the score close into the late innings, when the Southeast — which is made up of Florida District 12 players from Dunedin, Largo, Clearwater and Palm Harbor — pulled out a 4-3 win. Florida's All-Stars took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third, but Southwest, represented by players from Texas, got on the board in the top of that inning, making the score 2-1. Southwest was able to tie up the game in the fifth before Southeast pulled ahead 4-3. On Deck: …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Florida District 12's All-Stars and their opponent, Indiana, faced hot temps during their series opener Thursday in Easley, SC.
EASLEY, SC — At a scorching 97 degrees, the Florida District 12 All-Stars opened pool play at the Big League World Series on Thursday. Florida, the Southeast champs, battled Indiana, the Central representative, under extreme heat, taking breaks every two innings to cool off and get the teams out of the sun. Indiana edged Florida, 3-2, to win the first game of the day. Up next for the Florida squad — which includes players from Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo and Palm Harbor — is a game against Texas (Southwest) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
After an eventful trip to South Carolina, the boys of summer have arrived in Easley, SC, and they are ready to play.
EASLEY, SC — After a long and eventful journey, Florida's District 12 team is taking time to relax. As they played corn hole next to the Patch marketing tent, the boys laughed about the trip to Easley, how they've passed the time and how everyone they've met has reminded them that they beat the Greenville, SC, team to get to the Big League World Series and represent the Southeast. The team, which includes players from Dunedin, Largo, Clearwater and Palm Harbor, flew into Atlanta on Monday at 10:30 a.m., left the airport around 11 a.m., but didn't arrive in Easley until 5:30 that afternoon. No, they didn't get lost on their travels up I-85 — their bus broke down, leaving them stranded for hours. "If anything, they are patient," said …