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UPCOMING MEETINGS Mark your calendar!

HONNA Neighborhood Meetings are held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 126 11th Avenue NE Social: 6:45pmProgram: 7pm

December 17 Holiday Party (see below) January 28 Hearing Your Ideas

IN THIS ISSUE Successful Pops in the Park .................5 Tampa Bay Childrens Chorus ...........10 Be More Childlike..............................14 Joy Versus Happiness .........................16 Halloween in the Old NE ..............18-19 Wither the Old YMCA .......................21 Local Rotarians ..................................29

St. Petes Jewel on Tampa Bay

Volume 40 Issue 4 / December 2012 / Published Quarterly

Candlelight Tour of Homes

City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks

Dressed in holiday style!

by Sarah Bogdanovich

he sidewalks will be busy throughout The Old Northeast on Sunday, December 9, from 3-8pm for this years Candlelight Tour of Homes. Start your holiday with festive cheer as you make your way through eight of the neighborhoods distinctive homes in what has become St. Petersburgs finest holiday tradition! Stroll the charming streets of The Old Northeast or take the complimentary trolley as you read the Tour booklet filled with information on each home on the Tour. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Clothes for Kids, a local charity, so grab a friend, neighbor or family member because they wont want to miss seeing these homes, all lovingly and creatively decorated for the holidays including one that is a designer showcase home (see photo)! The ticket price for this years Tour -- our 15th annual and HONNAs largest fundraiser for neighborhood projects -- will be $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the Tour. Advance tickets will be sold through Saturday, December 8, and may be purchased through PayPal on the HONNA website ( and at the continued on page 2

Annual Old NE Holiday Party

Monday, December 17 Old Northeast Tavern 201 7th Avenue N 6:30-9pm ake some time out from the holiday rush to join neighbor friends old and new and catch up on all thats going on. Pizza, salad and dessert for $5 per person (cash bar). Youre asked to bring an unwrapped toy or book for a child or young teen which will be donated to Toys 4 Tots. Thanks to The Old NE Tavern for their hospitality.

The Presidents Perspective

Jay Marshall
Association President

his edition of Perspective is not going to be deep. No profound thoughts, no mystical predictions. In fact, its out there in plain sight. The time for humidity, hurricanes and national elections is now behind us. And the best part of the year is here. Getting prepared for the holiday season and the new year, I look back over the past 11 months when we had a great opportunities as a neighborhood to get together, opportunities that have carried us this far. Thanks to our gracious Porch Party hosts Don Culpepper and Dino Cappelli, Cathy and Marty Fox, Laura and Frank Fage, Betty and Larry Smith, Barry Avendon and David Morris, John and Susan Arsenault, Steve Deal and Frank Hay and Jennifer and David Jaffe. We are so fortunate to have such great neighbors who open up their homes to us so we can share stories, laughs and enjoy camaraderie. And a big thanks to our maestro, Larry Smith, who schedules the Porch Parties, buys the provisions and stands outside to welcome the revelers. More thanks to Anna Costello (who has moved temporarily to Denver -- do not be gone too long!) and Chad Boyd (who along with his wife Jenn are expecting their first child) for establishing our very own Young Professional Network called the Young Northeasters. And big thanks to Susie McGarry for developing our quarterly meeting programs that have accentuated the palate by featuring potluck dinners and potluck desserts. Historic Old NOrtheast NeighbOrhOOd News continued onPage 2 page 1

Candlelight Tour
following retailers:

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Artistic Flowers 3247 4th Street N Beach Papery and Gifts 553 Dr. MLK Jr. Street N Designer Exchange 7038 Central Avenue Designers Consignor 1033 Central Avenue Dolins Garden Center 801 62nd Avenue N Florida Craftsman Gallery 501 Central Avenue Marions 1301 4th Street N Smith & Associates 330 Beach Drive NE

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Sunken Gardens 1825 4th Street N Rally 2131 4th Street N Treehouse Gallery 2835 22nd Avenue N

UPS Store 2nd Street S Tickets will also sold on the day of the event for $25 from 2:307pm at Westminster Palm View, 939 Beach Drive NE (entrance on 10th Avenue). For more information, go to store/2104-2 or e-mail Well see you on December 9 -- with bells on!

The Newsletter of the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association

Published quarterly March, June, September and December and mailed to all households in The Old Northeast P.O. Box 76324, St. Petersburg, FL 33734 e-mail
Editor Rick Carson Columnists and Reporters Jill McGrath Mike Dailey Sue Strott Barbara Marshall Courtney Ellis Mike Panetta

Susan Coffey Laura Fage Mandy Minor Sara Wolski

Circulation Joe OConnor Contributors All our Old Northeast neighbors Newsletter Layout & Design Sharon Bond: ADVERTISING INFORMATION: Sue Strott

*Preprinted inserts that you provide are delivered within the newsletter. Due to delivery restrictions, inserts are available on a limited basis. The newsletter quarterly publication dates are March, June, September, and December. The deadline for accepting new ads and ad changes is three weeks prior to the publication month. The next deadline is February 7th. Payment for new ads should be submitted at the same time that the ad layout is provided and should be addressed to HONNA Advertising. The newsletter is distributed by mail to all homes in The Old Northeast (boundaries are 5th Ave N to 30th Ave N, and 4th St N to North Shore Dr/Coffee Pot Bayou Blvd). There are approximately 2,500 active home mailing addresses. Contact Sue Strott: Ad space is limited so please make arrangements early.

1Qtr 2 Qtrs 3 Qtrs 1 Year AD SIZE Business card 50 93 128 160 1/4 page (H 4.9 x w 3.7) 100 186 256 320 1/2 page (H 4.9 x w 7.8) 200 372 512 640 Full page 400 744 1024 1280 Back Cover 1/2 page 1400 *Inserts and Premium Placement: Rates Upon Request


But now is the season for the main event, one that gives The Historic Old Northeast neighborhood its spotlight. Our 15th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes is fast approaching. On Sunday, December 9, eight families will open up their homes for a spectacular afternoon and evening so that we may better enjoy the coming holidays. I cant think of a better way to get in the mood for sharing our traditions of giving thanks and feeling blessed for our life in the hood. Douglas Haan and Sharon Kantner have led the planning effort for us to enjoy, again, our very own best tradition. Speaking of which, I remember my familys tradition of driving down to the White House to visit the festival of trees and lights. Despite bundling up, we were still shivering in the cold air. Our feet were tired and I never thought my toes would ever get back to normal. But it was still worth the journey. Maybe you have a holiday tradition, too, that brings back fond memories of being out with family and friends that just seemed to make this season something very special. Today our Candlelight Tour is something to behold. It must be so since we receive over 1,000 visitors each year. Folks from all over Florida and the Southeast come here just for the Tour, making it their holiday tradition. No bundling up with parkas, no frostbitten toes and no heavy walking skills required (we even provide trolleys to carry you along the way). Our selected homes for the Tour vary in size, architecture and motif, reflecting the eclectic nature of our neighborhood. Groups of carolers and bell ringers will add a musical touch to the festivities. A stop at the Dickens House Bed & Breakfast for a little rest and refreshment adds a beautiful touch to the days experience. If you are like my wife Barbara and me, who have made this very special event a tradition, you will be anxiously awaiting the start of the Tour. If you are new to the neighborhood or just have not made the time to fit this event into your busy holiday schedule, this is an opportunity you really dont want to miss. You will want to make this a tradition, too. At the least we all want to take pride in our neighborhood and support our community events. I promise you will have a great time. And you may even pick up a hint or two on decorating and interior design for your own home. If you purchase your ticket by December 8 the cost is just $20; go online through our HONNA website ( or by visiting our ticket outlet sites mentioned on this website (and also top left). Either way, you have made a great investment in supporting the neighborhood and the Clothes to Kids charity, which will receive a donation from the proceeds. Again this year Westminster Palms, our neighborhood partner, has graciously given us the use of their beautiful facility at 10th and Beach Drive NE to support this event -- thank you, Debbie Pattinson. Wishing you, your family and friends the best holidays ever. Looking forward to seeing you on the Candlelight Tour.

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he September general neighborhood meeting was the third and final potluck of the year. About four dozen residents shared delicious delicacies salads, desserts, appetizers and lively conversations. A brief presentation was made by Sherry McBee, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City, to share information about the Fitness Zones -- outdoor gyms being erected in the City through the Trust for Public Lands program. Small plots of land (approximately 1,400sqft) in Campbell and Gladden parks have been set aside with artificial turf surfacing for the installation of nine pieces of single and multiuser outdoor fitness equipment for cardio and strength training, available to all at no charge. The plan is to install such a facility Example of Fitness near the existing Zone equipment kids play area in Vinoy Park opposite the pool and dog park; it will not impact the line of sight or current views on the waterfront. Funding for Fitness Zones is provided by MetLife Foundation and the City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department using Penny for Pinellas funds. PHOTO As is customary at these meetings, we received a report from our Community Police Officer about criminal activity in the neighborhood. There was no monthly meeting in October, and the election of a new HONNA Board of Directors was scheduled for the November meeting [after this issue went to press] along with a backby-popular-demand presentation by Don from Dolins Garden Center (801 62nd Avenue N, St. Petersburg; 727/525-3434) with some Fall and Winter gardening tips for our area.

Association News & Activities

the many contractors, delivery drivers and the bus drivers. We need you to make our neighborhood streets, crosswalks and walkways safer. Remember: your speed limits on our neighborhood roadways are 25mph and 10mph in the alleys. I recommend you check out a relatively new site, It is a program that fosters neighbor involvement for reporting traffic, code and other concerns that impact our community. In the past month three matters were reported with action taken by the governmental department involved. I receive notices of all matters in the Old NE.



Ron Magray, Chair A Smooth Driver... Concentration, anticipation, skill, attitude, knowledge and self-discipline are characteristics of a good driver, but the best drivers are the smoothest drivers. It does not take much skill to depress the accelerator and be driving in excess of 25mph on our streets, especially in late model vehicles, then within seconds depressing the brake to turn or stop for traffic signs. Does it really get you there that much sooner? It certainly does not demonstrate a smooth driver. This is your neighborhood; it may require some self-discipline and a change of attitude to be a good safe driver. Your neighbors want and need your cooperation -- they are concerned and sometimes angry. I hear from them on Locust Street, Bay Street, 2nd Street, 1st Street, 3rd Street, Cherry Street, 11th Avenue, Beach Drive., Coffee Pot Blvd, 16th Avenue, 9th Avenue and 21st Avenue. Be a Smooth Driver. Set an example. We need that to influence

Larry Smith and Sarah Bogdanovich, Co-Chairs Welcome again to all the 104 new members who have joined HONNA in 2012, and thanks to all existing members who have renewed their membership this year. Currently, we have over 400 active members, but with over 2,500 residences we should have many more. We will be mailing renewal notices in January and conducting our Yard Sale-related membership drive in March. Please use either of these opportunities to support your neighborhood and join HONNA. We have been working hard to upgrade our membership database to allow our committee chairs to contact individuals who have an interest in helping out with neighborhood events and activities. With the HONNA Board being reduced in size next year, we will need more volunteers to help. Unfortunately, Sarah, our co-chair, will be moving in 2013 as her husband will be transferring to California next year with the Coast Guard. Her help with the database and her experience with non-profits has been most helpful with improving our database. If you have an interest in helping with the membership database, Meet & Greet or volunteer coordination, please contact Porch Parties... As we finish up another year of successful HONNA Porch Parties, we want to give a big Thank You to all the individuals who helped make these events a success. Those who opened up their porches included: Don Culpepper and Dino Cappelli, Marty and Cathy Foxx (with the help of neighbor Chris Avren), Frank and Laura Fage, Betty and Larry Smith, Barry Avedon and David Morris, St. Pete Shuffleboard Courts, John and Sue Arsenault, Steve Deal and Frank Hay, and Jennifer and David Jaffe. Thanks to an idea from Monica Vernon, we held several theme parties for Valentines, St. Patricks Day, Cinco de Mayo and Halloween. Thanks to Bob Hunter, Joe OConnor and Anna Costello for getting out the e-blast announcements. Special thanks to Barry Avedon, David Morris and Haike Abraham who stepped up when Larry had to miss Porch Parties due to weddings of two of his sons.
he election of the Board of Directors for the coming year was scheduled for Monday, November 19, after this issue of the newsletter had gone to press. Results of the election and the Boards election of officers (at its December 3 meeting) will be posted on the HONNA website and reported in the March edition of the newsletter.

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Our goal is to hold Porch Parties in all parts of the neighborhood. We hope its one way for old neighbors and new neighbors to get to know one another. Though we have already booked hosts for the first half of 2013, if you have an interest in hosting a party or being a greeter, please contact or New Meet and Greet Events... In an effort to reach out to our new residents, for the first time we held three Meet and Greet events on the last Monday of March, June and September at local eateries The Old Northeast Tavern, The Melting Pot and Three Birds. Each event attracted more new residents than the previous one, so we plan on continuing them in 2013. If you are new to the neighborhood or a resident who would like to bring a new resident, please be on the lookout for the dates and locations of these upcoming events. Finally, to support and get to know local businesses on 4th Street, we held a joint meeting with the 4th Street Business Association. In 2013 we plan on continuing our efforts to support the businesses that adjoin our neighborhood. The 4th Street Business Association meets on the second Wednesday of every month and would welcome your participation ( For further information on either of these activities, please contact

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HONNA received this e-mail from a neighbor on HONNAs e-blast mailing list who had received one of the recent notices about upcoming events in the neighborhood: I dont know who is sending this for the community, but I just want to thank you! It has been so helpful although we wont be able to participate in all activities. Thanks again. If you arent already on the e-blast

Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association Membership

The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association was founded in 1974 to promote civic improvement of our neighborhood. We invite and welcome all residents of the Old Northeast to join the association and become involved. Annual membership dues (tax deductible) are $30 per household. You can join online at (pay via PayPal) or send this completed form to: Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association P.O. Box 76324 St. Petersburg, FL 33734

Rick Carson, Editor As the year comes to an end, I do wish to thank all those neighbors who have contributed to the four issues of the newsletter in 2012. This includes those who regularly provide articles to its pages as well as those who submit ideas or comments. And a huge TKU is in order for our advertisers you wouldnt be reading this without their absolutely essential support. You can thank them by giving them the business when the opportunity presents itself. And tell them you appreciate their support of our newsletter. The newsletter is pleased to welcome Sara Wolski as a new contributor to its pages. Sara is a former literary agent and editorial consultant and has lived in The Old Northeast for two years. She now works in the corporate training industry and specializes in game-based simulations and product development. She has previously worked in the publishing industries of New York, London and Los Angeles and is a graduate of New York University.

New Members
Jim & Ann Albert ..............................355 15th Avenue NE Cynthia Beaulieu .............................400 20th Avenue NE Josh Bigio .......................................... 127 28th Avenue N Jonathan & Melanie Bowman ............ 323 30th Avenue N Christopher Dixon & Lucinda Johnston 1111/2 12th Avenue N Ann & Nabil Esfahani..............700 Beach Drive NE #801 David & Mary Harbeitner ...................... 225 9th Avenue N Janice Henry.................................. 13858 86th Avenue N Brenda Knight ..................................406 12th Avenue NE Jen & Dan Kowalski.........................235 10th Avenue NE Mary Lauritano....................................635 Bay Street NE Richard Linquanti................................6000 51st Street S Ken & Kimberly McIntyre ......................1111 Beach Drive Peter Pastman & Sara Campbell............. 125 17th Ave N Lisa Spencer........................................ 333 8th Avenue N Barbara & Talbot Taylor ..................... 210 15th Avenue N Helena & Richie Walsh ....................325 12th Avenue NE Sara Wolski .....................................405 18th Avenue NE

Name(s): ________________________ Address: ________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ Phone: __________________________ E-Mail: _________________________
When did you move into the neighborhood (month and year)?: _______________ $30 ANNUAL DUES ENCLOSED

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Pops in the Park

he Florida Orchestras annual Pops in the Park concert and fireworks display on Saturday, October 20, attracted thousands of music lovers an estimated 15,000! and generated donations of almost 4,600 pounds of food destined to Tampa Bay Harvest and eventually the homes of countless numbers of area families in need. HONNA was proud to be a sponsor of Helens Buddies in appreciation for the dedicated commitment of Old NE resident Helen Torres leadership making this event possible for the past nineteen consecutive years. Cynthia Long, the orchestras Development Director, gratefully acknowledged HONNAs contribution of $1,000 on behalf of the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood for Helens essential role in making this event such a venerable tradition. Thanks to all our Old NE neighbors and friends who helped make it all happen in such fine fashion. Helen Torres with Michael Pastreich, President and CEO of the Florida Orchestra, warming up for the event



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An in-depth, guided tour of Sunken Gardens highlighting the history and horticulture of this famous tropical paradise A self-guided tour to lead you through the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood A copy of the recently published Souvenir of St. Petersburg, Views from the Vinoy A delectable 3-course lunch in the historic dining room, Marchands Bar & Grill, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort A one hour, guided tour of the historic Renaissance Vinoy Resort with an experienced and entertaining Vinoy Docent


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Your volunteer involvement in one of our committees will help enhance your neighborhood and our association. Please contact any committee chair for information.

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President ...................................... Jay Marshall Vice President .................. Peter Motzenbecker Treasurer ....................................Ann Caviness Secretary ........................................Chris Avren Board Sarah Bogdanovich Paul Boudreaux Rick Carson Douglas Haan Rick Kantner Mary Alice Lange Susan McGarry Ron Magray Robin Reed Larry Smith

Communications Newsletter CONA Rep Assn Governance Programs Neighborhood Planning Neighborhood/Historic Preservation Membership Public Safety Special Events and Projects Traffic/Parking

To contact an officer or Board member via e-mail, go to volunteer/ where you can click on the name of the office/person you wish to contact and send him/her a message. HONNA Board meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church and are open to the public. Check beforehand with the Board president in case the meeting day has been re-scheduled.

--Rick Carson Paul Boudreaux Rick Kantner Susie McGarry Mary Alice Lange Robin Reed Larry Smith and Sara Bogdanovich Peter Motzenbecker Douglas Haan Ron Magray

where you can click on the name of the person you wish to contact and send him/her a message.

To contact a chair via e-mail, go to

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n answering my request for more pet peeves, one resident contacted me regarding the possible fraudulent use of the Homestead Exemption by an owner of a house that appears to be abandoned. I contacted the Pinellas County Property Appraisers Office, Fraudulent Claims Line (727/464-3294), in late October. Mr. Ed Graham said hed look into it, and as the newsletter went to press the matter is still under investigation. Homestead Exemption fraud is a serious issue that affects every taxpayer. The exemption was created as a benefit for homeowners who live in Florida and make it their permanent home and legal residence. When someone is receiving an exemption to which he or she is not entitled, lawabiding property owners must make up the difference in lost tax revenue by paying higher taxes. The Appraisers Office has a form on-line if you wish to make a report about such suspected fraudulent use of the exemption (e.g. a property that is not a permanent residence, is being rented, is vacant or is merely a vacation home). You DO NOT have to give your name or any other information about yourself if you phone; if you wish to remain anonymous just call 727/464-3294. Otherwise, you can use the on-line form to make the report. Remember, the status of the property on January 1 of each year is used to determine the propertys value and exemption status for the entire year. If it is sold, that exemption will remain for the entire calendar year to be removed the following January 1. The exemption does not continue for the buyer. He/she/they must obtain their own. You can file for Homestead Exemption on-line if you wish at Also, are you aware that there is a new exemption for deployed military personnel? There is also an additional exemption for low income seniors. All offices are open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. The closest office to The Old NE is the Tyrone office at the Government Services Center, 1800 66th Street N, St. Petersburg 33710; 727/582-7652. NOTE: Some folks may not realize that their Homestead Exemption is portable and Save Our Homes benefit (up to $500,000.) is also portable to a new homestead anywhere in Florida within two years of giving up their previous

Are you one of those people who goes about your day-to-day life noticing things happening around you (or not happening) in the neighborhood and our City and you wonder why (or why not) but never get around to discovering the answer? Weve decided to ask one of our neighbors, Sue Strott, whos lived in The Old Northeast almost forever, to track down the explanations for some of those puzzling questions which bug, bedevil and frustrate us. So heres a start with some of those nagging, niggling WHYs? and WHATs?. Let us know if you have a particular issue or query youd like The Answer Lady to check out and well see what she can learn. Like FiOS... will we ever hear them now? Contact The Answer Lady at homestead. Deadline to apply for portability is March 1. For more information, please check on-line with the Pinellas County Property Appraisers Office. Another Pet Peeve was brought to my attention regarding a construction sign (constituting free advertising) on a property that apparently had not been attended to in some time. I contacted the Citys Building Department/Codes Office and was told that it would be looked into. Such a sign is allowed from the time of permit issuance until Certificate of Occupancy only. On checking, the work on the property had been completed and approved. However, another permit had been issued for another project, but no intermittent inspection or approval had been done since April. The sign has now been removed, and the complainant is happy.
Sue was born in Chicago and lived in Canada before moving to The Old NE in 1973 where she continues to run an apartment rental business. She lives with her dog, Foxy Lady, and is one of those people who enjoys being busy!

by Sue Strott

Does this give you some ideas for your own back yard? Historic Shed one of our advertisers -- designed and built this delightful 12x18 combination storage shed and covered bar gathering area for a coastal home in Palm Harbor. The seating area has a cypress bar and awnings that operate with a pulley system. The project is accented by a fun tropical color scheme. Looks very Old NE and very beachy at the same time.

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Over The Back Fence


is a collection of what weve heard exchanged in the aisles of the supermarkets, shared waiting in line to pick up the kids from school, read in the papers, overheard in the pew behind us in church and, yes, even passed over the back fence. If you have something youd like to share about a special recognition, award received, birth, graduation, gooddeed-done or observation around the neighborhood please pass it along to the Editor. Over the Back Fence is only going to be interesting if we hear from you!


Be Careful Out There!....On October 31 a resident was apning from November 16-January 12 and will be giving a talk proached and struck on the face, hard enough to spill some blood there ( and injure his septum. This happened at the corner of 7th Avenue galleries/). and 1st Street NE. The victim had the presence of mind to follow The Longest Stoplight in the Western Hemisphere.For those the assailant to take some photos of him with his iPhone as he was of us who travel south on 1st Street N and encounter the stoplight also calling the police. The man, ranting and raving, then went up at 22nd Avenue, we can attest to the fact that one can age waiting to another man and a woman sitting at a bus stop and put a fist in for the red light to turn green. Is there some sound reason why their faces, also causing injuries. The police did catch up with the the timing is such? Surely the east-west traffic is not that heavy assailant, who they Baker Acted. to require the interminable waiting for those whose only mistake New Novel from Local Author.HarperCollins has just rewas to not cut through Granada Terrace to avoid that intersection. leased Old Northeast resident Dennis Lehanes next book in his Singers Magical Touch. Prohibition era trilogy, Live by Night. Dennis brings the story to National Public Radios Studio Tampa, to the rum running industry of old 360 on WUSF 89.7FM recently Ybor City; his characters deal with social featured Old NE neighbor Mary and economic upheaval, the mob, and Miller and her work as a singer the law. One reviewer has described the bringing popular music to seniors book as a love story wrapped in a crime in assisted living facilities in the story, infused with a character study, subTampa Bay area. The segment merged in a social novel and then topped was Aha Moment (http://www. off in a period piece Grab a copy and for yourself ( moment-lee-ann-womack/) and Kudos to an Advertiser.Quality her response to the question, Home Renovators, one of our newsletWhen has a song changed ters longtime advertisers, received a your life? Mary chose Lee Ann very nice pat on the back in the 9/22 Womacks I Hope You Dance edition of the Tampa Bay Times. The arin a live performance she gave ticle, Builders Make Old Homes Work, appeared in the business at Regal Palms Assisted Living section of the newspaper. It highlights the extensive renovation in Largo. In addition to singing, work being done by QHR owners Grady and Diane Portelli on an Mary spoke about Tune Up!, her innovative sound and music Old NE bungalow and carriage house owned by Bryan and Savantherapy program a powerful and fun program she created for nah Smith. The article points to the big uptick in the remodeling seniors, persons recovering from injury and illness and expectant market that has begun taking place in the area. Nothing beats an moms. Plans are to visit our own Westminster Palms with her old home, says Grady. singing and therapy. You can contact Mary at Local Artist Busy.Old NE resident and artist Neverne Covington made a presentation on November 15 at the Museum of Somethings Gotta Give.Someone has asked about the SatFine Arts FEAST fundraiser supporting St. Pete-based art projects. urday morning cyclists on North Shore Drive and Beach Drive She has also been invited to be in an interesting and varied onwho ride four-abreast when the law says it can be no more than line show, Pattwo abreast. Maybe the organizers need a gentle reminder maybe tern in Painting from the police? to pass along to the members. If theres a posievansencaustive to this it does slow down all the speeding drivers. But is it tics.blogspot. going to take a serious accident or altercation to change cycling com/2012/09/ and driving behavior? pattern-in-paintA Power-filled Promotion.This past August Old NE resident ing.htm [See Alex Glenn was named state president for Progress Energy Florphoto] In addiida, the subsidiary of Duke Energy. Alex most recently had been tion shes being PEFs general counsel and has been with the utility since 1996. featured in the Big City Living.Remember back in 2007 and the big conFlorida Museum troversy about the proposed 33 story hotel/condo project planned for Women in the for the corner of 1st Street and 5th Avenue N? Eventually the City Arts juried show denied the proposal after strong citizen objections including from in DeLand runHistoric Old NOrtheast NeighbOrhOOd News Page 8

HONNA, St. Pete Preservation, the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Council of Neighborhood Associations. If you ever travel west from Beach Drive down 5th Avenue NE, youll often encounter large trucks double-parked on 5th Avenue servicing 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House. Can you imagine how this congestion would have been compounded had that complex been built only a couple blocks away on the 100 block of 5th Avenue? Wonder how the prospective owners of the proposed $2.4 million Manhattan-esque townhouses at the northwest corner of Beach and 5th [see In Case You Missed It in this issue] are going to appreciate the trucks unloading right outside their doors. That corner is really going to look and feel like The Big Apple. Spotlight on a Retired Prof.Old NE neighbor Gary Mormino, the recently retired USF/St. Petersburg history professor, received front page treatment in the Floridian section of the 10/7 Tampa Bay Times. The article, Call Him Mister Florida, written by Jeff Klinkenberg, profiles the one-time Yankee who now lovingly portrays his new home state, which he calls the capital of weirdness. Klinkenberg equally lovingly documents much of the quirkiness he sees in Gary.

Nativity Program at Westminster Palms.Westminster Palms at 830 North Shore Drive NE is having a live Nativity program on Tuesday, December 11, from 6:30-8pm. Children can come and wear an angel costume and participate in the Nativity. There will also be an opportunity for the children to pet live animals. The event will be held on Beach Drive between 8th and 9th Avenues. If you have any questions, please call Chaplain Janel Miller-Evans at 894-2102, ext 247. Worst Neighborhood Guests?....Because we live where we do, we find ourselves hosting all sorts of events in Vinoy Park and along the waterfront which bring thousands of folks to our neighborhood. So we especially those of us in the lower portion of the hood -- have to put up with clogged streets, impossible parking and even blaring loudspeakers at 6:30am. But you can always tell when RibFest is taking place by the abundance of empty beer cans and bottles on our curbs and in our front yards. And while were talking about events in the parks, when there are large Over The Back Fence is a events taking place how about having a police officer directing traffic at STEP ON UP the intersection of Beach Drive and and 4th Avenue NE? If youre heading east LETS HEAR on 4 th and wantFROM YOU ing to make a left turn onto Beach. e-mail: fuggedaboudit.


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Childrens Chorus New Home

he Tampa Bay Childrens Chorus is proud to call The Old Northeast community and First Presbyterian Church its St. Petersburg home. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Averill Summer, the Tampa Bay Childrens Chorus has an outstanding performance history locally, nationally and internationally. Here at home, the Chorus performs regularly with the Florida Orchestra, the Master Chorale, the Tampa Oratorio Society and the choirs and orchestras of the University of South Florida. Nationally, the Chorus has represented our community with performances in New York City, Washington, D.C. and across the state of Florida. Internationally, the Chorus has participated in choral festivals in Paris, Vienna, London, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Vancouver and Toronto. In Summer 2013, the group will tour Quebec, Canada, presenting concerts in Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke. The Chorus invites Old NE residents to attend its holiday concert on Saturday, December 8, at 7:30pm in the beautiful First Presbyterian Church, located at 701 Beach Drive NE. The Chorus is also currently accepting new members in grades 2-12. Visit their website at for more information and to schedule your childs audition.

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Neighborhood Book Group

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by Susan Coffey
ne Great Book Club met in September at the home of Linda Dobbs on Coffee Pot Boulevard. Lindas chosen book was a classic from the 19th century, The Awakening by Kate Chopin. At the time, the book was considered very controversial, which today seems mild (especially after our last choice, Fifty Shades of Grey). Chopin wrote the novel in 1899 and because of its feminism theme it was banished for decades, only to return in the 1960s when it gained much popularity. The book is set in Grand Isle, an island off the Louisiana coast, where the French Creole elite summer. The main character is Edna Pantellier, who is the 28 year old wife of Leonce, who works in New Orleans and commutes to Grand Isle for weekends, leaving Edna free to do as she pleases. She has a nanny taking care of her two children while she spends her days swimming with Robert, an unmarried son of the beach homes proprietor. Hence, the setting for an affair. To add to the inevitable love affair is that Edna is feeling oppressed with her life. She is married to a man she really is not in love with, and she feels disconnected to her young children. For so long she acts as the perfect wife and mother: she receives high society visitors on a daily basis for which she has to keep up appearances, gives constant dinner parties and makes sure the nanny is taking care of her children properly. Not a bad life in my book. But Edna is growing restless and resentful. She wants more out of life and she wants her independence. The fact that she has it all does not even occur to her. What I felt she was looking for was an affair with Robert. Does she actually have an affair with Robert? Were not quite sure. Chopin is very subtle in her writing, and there is a lot of reading between the lines. Robert eventually moves to South America to find his own fortune, but the time he has spent with Edna awakens something inside her. She begins to search for her own identity, moves out of her home, finds a small place of her own and continues with her painting. Her husband looks at this as a stage she is going through and does not realize the severity of this move. She then takes a lover -- which we know for sure is in fact just that -- although she is still in love with Robert (though Chopin does not actually write that they were ever intimate). As I said, you really need to read between the lines, and I think because of the time in which this was written intimacy had to remain in the readers imagination. Even as subtle as Chopin is in her writing, the book was banned for years.

But why was the book banned? Some in our group believe she was a woman before her time, and she was a true feminist by doing what she wanted. Others, including me, felt she was one selfish woman who didnt know how good she had it. What about her husband? Did he have the time and freedom to find his awakening? No, he was in New Orleans working to support her privileged lifestyle and their children; he was more involved with the children than she was. Her final act of freedom was one of pure selfishness and again only thinking of herself. I personally feel she was not a feminist at all, but others in the group beg to differ. It is worth the read to form your own opinion. Of course, per the location of the story, Linda served a great Louisiana meal of chicken gumbo. As I mentioned, the group had many different perspectives about this book but we did give it a thumbs up. We met again in November at the home of Susan Engler on 20th Avenue NE. The book Susan chose was Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo. No, this is not a novel about Provence, France, which is what a few people have asked me. Provenance means the documented history of ownership. This is especially important in the art world, which is what this book is about. I found this book fascinating and could not put it down. It is nonfiction, which makes it more intriguing. The book starts in England in the 1980s, goes through 1995 and takes us to Paris and then New York. We follow the lies and deception of John Drewe, a pathological liar -- albeit a brilliant one -- and his deception of the art world, one of the greatest in the 20th century. In order for his scheme to work he needs to find an artist and he finds a very vulnerable one, John Myatt. He is down on his luck when he answers Drewes ad for a reproductionist. His wife just left him and their two toddlers for another man and he is broke -- a perfect storm, if you will. Myatt had no idea in the beginning that the style of famous painters he was copying Drewe was selling as originals; Myatt was so good that it was impossible to tell that they were fakes. Drewe portrays himself as a professor of nuclear physics and an art connoisseur, but he is neither. His real name is John Cockett, born in Sussex England and, according to childhood friends, had been telling tall tales since he was a child. He dropped out of school at age 17 and changed his name to John Drewe. Stating that he had a PhD in physics, he did work as the head of the physics department in a school in East Sussex. He then married a wealthy Israeli expatriate and moved into her home. She eventually has a part in his take down, but its too juicy of a story to divulge here. John Myatt, also born in England a son of a farmer, was very good at copying other artists work but just did it as a hobby and not for deception. Eventually Maytt realizes that

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Drewe is selling his copies as originals and goes along with the scheme: there is too much money to be made. But eventually the buyers want proof of authenticity, and Drewe ups his con buy producing fake documents. After selling about 200 fake paintings, they are arrested by Scotland Yard. Most of us said that from the moment we read the first sentence we were hooked. The book has so much intrigue, and the research that Salisbury and Sujo did was remarkable. We all had a new appreciation and insight into the behind-the-scenes art world. We also have a psychologist in our group so she enlightened us about personality disorders and pathological liars like Drewe. Susan served shepherds pie and British cheeses to go along with the theme. We all gave this book a thumbs up. ONE Great Book Club meets every other month, the second Thursday of that month in the evening. There continues to be a waiting list; I can be reached at Our sister/brother book club meets the last Wednesday of each month in the afternoon. Contact Colleen Grant at for more information.

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(Mission) Accomplished: Personal Enrichment and a Perspective Shift

by Sara Wolski ormer HONNA Board member Tracey Locke has been a force in our local community for years. Between her activism on behalf of Paris Hamilton that spurred a youth program to stand up against gang violence, her ongoing work with the Florida Holocaust Museum and her promotion of The Old Northeast as a spotlight-worthy historic neighborhood (which resulted in its inclusion in This Old House magazines best old house neighborhoods), Tracey is always creating, always in motion. The inspiration for her newest creation came while attending an event at which the Dalai Lama spoke. Tracey expected to come away from his presentation with a new depth of understanding, a whole new outlook and vast introspective knowledge. However, it was a funny, almost silly, story about childhood that sparked her idea. The Dalai Lama was talking about children how one day they will quarrel, someone will be pushed, will fall, might be hurt. The next day,

the children forget their quarrel. The wounds are patched up, both physical and spiritual. The next day, the children continue to play. His message: Be more childlike. As a country, as adults, as a world we need to learn from our children and emulate them. We need to forget the hurts of the previous day and move on, eyes open with wonder, no grudges or revenge spoiling the vast opportunities of adventure in the coming day. Tracey captured that message in her blog aptly named Be More Childlike. The blog focuses on Traceys attempts to personally channel more childlike wonder, enthusiasm, forgiveness and spontaneity in her daily life. She captures moments with her children that, with this new mindset, make her realize the subtle essence of childhood: unabashed self-expression, unbridled joy, unencumbered imagination. Tracey began blogging this summer and already has a large arsenal of thoughts, reflections and questions for her readers. Shes found comfort (and humor) in many of her readers shared experiences, once they start noticing life from a more childlike perspective. Tracey has infused the blog with imaginative elements, like Time Travel Tuesday and Big Idea Monday, encouraging her growing readership to contribute their ideas and reflections on these topics as well. Similarly, each month is themed with a childlike quality and a well-balanced reading list of some fun, informative and very thought-provoking books. Another element of Traceys project is a Little Free Library nook outside her home, where neighbors are encouraged to take a book and leave a book. [See photo above of Tracey with her two children.] As a former publicist and TV news anchor, Tracey is a champion of keeping an open mind and constantly soaking up new knowledge and skills like a sponge. With this blog, shes teaching herself the most effective methods of utilizing social media to build a publicity platform. Im learning every day, Tracey says. Its quite an experiment well see where it leads.
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Focus on Seniors: Managing Holiday Stress

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he holidays can be a stressful time for anyone. With travel, family and social engagements, house guests, shopping and a million other to-dos, the holidays can be overwhelming for many. But for seniors the holidays can bring additional stress from multiple travel plans, an uprooted routine and even seasonal depression. Try these five helpful tips, courtesy of TLC Companion Care, to help keep holiday stress to a minimum for your senior loved one.

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If your senior parent or friend is used to waking up at a certain time, eating at a certain time and going to bed at a certain time, make sure to respect those schedules. Staying up later to accommodate family visits or having to eat later in the evening because of a difference in meal times can be difficult and stressful for a senior to acclimate to, so make sure you know beforehand what their schedule is like.

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Thoughts from the Front Porch

by Courtney Ellis, MA, LMHC

large component of what makes the counseling process successful is perspective. As the ever-wise Abraham Lincoln once said, We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Basically its all about how we look at things. Circumstances do sometimes change for the better, and that in itself often leads to improvements mentally and emotionally. But more often than not, the circumstances of life dont change -- at least not as quickly as wed like -- and instead of wallowing as a victim, we must choose to modify the way we look at things. Which leads me to the concept of joy. This is a nice, fuzzy word that is seen, sung and heard quite a bit during the holiday season. It brings to mind children laughing and happy families frolicking through the snow. But what is joy and why do we try and emphasize that attitude at this time of year? And for those of you who are experiencing tough circumstances, is it even possible to feel joy amidst this stormy time of year? The simple answer is yes it is possible. But it all comes back to perspective. An important lesson I remember learning as a teenager, which has

helped me immensely over the years, is that happiness and joy are two very different things. Happiness is circumstantial. You get a good grade -- youre happy. You get a promotion youre happy. Your children thank you for all that you do youre happy. Your happiness, then, is contingent on the actions of others and on specific events going as planned. This is all well and good, as these are all things we should be striving for; however, the problem with happiness is that the circumstances of life wax and wane on a daily basis. So if we are dependent on good stuff happening, we will be like a rollercoaster up when things are good and down when things are not so good. So how is joy different? Joy is permanent. Joy transcends circumstances. Joy is present even when life is hard because joy is possible when we look at life with a new perspective. And that perspective is one of gratitude, one of finding meaning in hardship and one where we dont look to temporary things for our emotional wellness. It is also possible when we remember that all storms have an end and that this too shall pass. You see, joy is a choice and one that we have to push ourselves to make especially when circumstances are not so happy. Another way to illustrate this point is the concept of re-framing. Have you ever had one of those days where you wake up and immediately decide its going to be a bad day? And is it? Probably because youve already put that frame on the day and everything filters through a viewpoint of negativity. But have you ever been in a tough time and chosen to see the positives? You are essentially putting a new frame around the same picture and it changes everything. Suddenly you can see life lessons in the tough stuff. Suddenly you focus on what really matters and identify opportunities for growth and change. Its the same picture but a new frame that moves us from simply happy or unhappy to joyful. So this holiday season instead of happiness choose joy. Let your attitude transcend those things going on in your life that you cannot fix or change. And when things are good your cup will overflow. When things are hard you wont be left feeling empty. But as the theologian Henri Nouwen put it, it is a choice we make daily and one to start making today. He said, Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. Happy holidays to you and yours or should I say, joyful holidays!
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The Scariest of Scary Nights

by Anne-Marie Stephenson
n the dark shadows of The Old Northeast neighborhood on All Hallows Eve there were menacing whispers and forlorn screams coupled with frightful sights of ghoulish creatures, lizards tails slithering on sidewalks and witches overhead, which made all the trick-or-treaters uneasy for their very lives. At 108 11th Avenue NE clowns of carnage enjoyed their bowls of gore while joining forces with The Deadliest Show on Earth to give the heebie-jeebies to all who dared to tarry or wisely dash by. Homeowners Rachel and Joe at 108 11th Avenue N won first place honors with their Clowns of Carnage, Your Last Show on Earth! haunted house where long lines of fearless passersby tempted fate. Channel 8 was there to do an interview with the proud proprietors. Rachel reports that they plan to retire from future competition but definitely are not going to stop spooking the neighbors. She and Joe are already planning for a bigger extravaganza next year, which will spill into the yards of neighbors on both sides (who asked to be part of the coming spooktacular). Second place was awarded to Linda and Frank, with their old frigate belching smoke from its cannons at 436 19th Avenue NE. Its crew of rowdy and rum-thirsty pirates slogged back and forth across the ships creaking deck without fear of having to walk the plank because their captain was the worst of their lot. If the first and second places were not hair-raising enough, there were Judy and Russ at 805 18th NE with their web-draped graveyard. Giant sinister spiders waited quietly in massive webs to

inject their poison into unsuspecting victims, tossing the carcasses to the graveyard embankment. The trick-or-treaters who were not faint of heart or who had not mysteriously vanished into the night came upon the sounds and sights created by these three awardees that gave them shivering cold sweats while their candy-swollen tummies rumbled and rebelled. Elsewhere, sailing from 535 17th Avenue NE, the White Star Lines Titanic once again collided with a looming iceberg. At 1000 3rd Street N a fun-loving witch -- with a cackle and a smile -- bade little children to dare push open her creaking gate; many fled in fright while others joined the other lost children. Political celebrities attended an eerie party at 605 16th Avenue NE where the guest list included Mitt Zombie and Paul Rotten, Scarack Obooma and Joe Died-In and Rachel Maddog (who was sniffing for news). Ghosts, witches and unimaginable things that go bump in the night were seen at residences that boasted Honorable Mention batwing certificates: 235 7th Avenue N, 235 10th Avenue NE, 315 15th Avenue NE, 605 16th Avenue NE, 500 17th Avenue NE, 516 17th Avenue NE, 425 18th Avenue NE, 456 18th Avenue NE, 705 18th Avenue NE, 426 19th Avenue NE and 225 28th Avenue N. HONNA and The Sorceresses Three -- Cynthia Serra, Connie Lancaster and Anne-Marie Stephenson -- thank Smith & Associates Real Estate for their continued support and the anonymous witches who took to their broomsticks with delight to watch the crazies cavort through the night. Residents and anyone curious about where to find these and other wonderfully and creatively decorated houses to check out were able to go to the HONNA website where they discovered a very handy user-friendly map of The Old NE which pinpointed exact locations of the spookiest and scariest houses. Thanks to HONNA Board members Mary Alice Lange and Susie McGarry for gathering the addresses for this resource and to former Board member Anna Costello for creating the map. And thanks to all the residents who take Halloween very seriously and make the neighborhood Horror Central for Halloween. The numerous TV cameras and hordes of trick-or-treaters and onlookers made for quite a visual and audio spectacle. And just wait until next year!

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In Case You Missed It: Updates and Follow Ups Keeping You Current on Some Neighborhood Stories That Have Been in the News
A police sting operation uncovered two St. Pete pawn shops which had been accepting stolen goods. Based on information gathered from burglary and auto theft suspects, detectives learned that Three Geckos at 2312 4th Street N was a favorite place to sell stolen items. According to a sergeant, The detectives were flat out telling them it was stolen property. They didnt care. The shop owner was arrested. [source: Tampa Bay Times, 10/5] Old NE residents who had paid Waste Pro Services the $33 annual charge at the beginning of 2012 for recycling pickup were reporting difficulties receiving refunds for the last three months of the year (Waste Pro stopped service on September 30). Customers were told to pick up their refunds, said to be about $8.25, at the companys Clearwater office. The City said it was working with Waste Pro so residents would not have to go to the office for their refunds [Ed. Note: some residents may have received a refund check in the mail from IESI Corporation of Fort Worth, TX, the owner of Waste Services (though the check does not so indicate)]. [source: Tampa Bay Times, 10/10] St. Pete received a good bit of attention during the presidential campaign. Republican pols could be found enjoying downtown

bistros and shops during the RNC in Tampa at the end of August. GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan booked space at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort for a few days as he prepared for his November 11 debate with Vice President Joe Biden. On his way out of town he managed to go off his usual fitness regimen to stop at Old Farmers Creamery Ice Cream at 2531 4th Street. According to the shops posting on Facebook: he had Bullwinkle tracks (two scoops, it has been reported); he paid in cash like everyone else; we were surprised; the Secret Service did a sweep before his arrival; he arrived at about 2:30; the visit lasted about five minutes. Governor Mitt Romney held a big rally at Pier Park/Spa Beach on October 5, which prompted airplanes pulling signs to make endless, noisy loops over the neighborhood. Former President Bill Clinton regaled supporters of President Barack Obama at a rally at the Coliseum on November 2. A fundraiser for VP Biden was held at the Vinoy a couple months previously. Developers Gamble Big on a Recovery was the 10/19 front page headline in the Tampa Bay Times, saying Years of housing woes are giving way to optimism and projects in downtown St. Petersburg. One of the projects cited was Renaissance City Homes, located in the vacant lot at the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and Beach Drive NE where four Manhattan brownstone-

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style residences are planned and priced at $2.4 million apiece. The four-story townhouses would contain 6,000sqft with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a wine vault, library, rooftop terrace, personal elevator and three-car garage. Smith & Associates agent Marian Yon Maguire said the townhomes would tie in downtown living with a Northeast feel. A bicycle thief who operates in The Old NE and Snell Isle areas has been trading old, beat up bikes for nicer, newer ones. Seems hell ride around on a junker until he spots a better one left in a front yard or otherwise easily available in an open garage. Then he leaves the bike on which he arrived in exchange for the nicer one, say one that costs $4,000. Police report bike thefts are up this year averaging about three per day but that these pricey bikes arent being recovered and are not appearing in local pawn shops. [source: Tampa Bay Times, 11/7] Two residents of The Old NE were cited in an 11/11 article in the St. Pete Times section of the Tampa Bay Times, which discussed how gay and lesbian real estate agents in the area are more comfortable about being open about their lifestyle when it comes to doing business. Connie Lancaster and Cynthia Serra shared how things have changed for them in recent years. What they are able to share with potential clients is information about specific neighborhoods in the City and county where they could say they feel comfortable living. The effort to save the old downtown YMCA building involved a tour for concerned residents on November 11. It was reported that some 600 people took advantage of the opportunity to tour the vacant 85-year old building. Emily Elwyn, an Old NE resident, historic preservation consultant and officer in

St. Petersburg Preservation, was one of the tour volunteers and shared historic background about the buildings origins and why it is a distinctive City landmark. The Citys planning and economic development coordinator has called the structure a pretty extraordinary building. The Citys preservation committee was to vote on a demolition permit application on November 16, but the buildings owner requested a delay after a City staff report recommended the application be rejected. The current owner is planning to demolish the structure as a group of investors is seeking to buy and restore it; an anonymous $20,000 donation toward a purchase agreement was forthcoming near a critical deadline. [source: Tampa Bay Times, 11/12, 11/14, 11/16] Photo: James Borchuck/ Tampa Bay Times

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gan will meet here at the church for refreshments before caroling through the neighborhood. The only requirement for joining the carolers is a holiday spirit. Of course, you are always invited to join us for worship on Sunday mornings (10:30am), but a special invitation is extended for our Christmas Eve service. The service begins at 7pm and is a traditional service of carols, Communion and candle lighting. Begin planning and saving now for a Mommy Market to be held next March. This will be an opportunity to sell any new or gently used children and baby items you may have. A portion of the sales will help the school purchase new playground equipment. More information will be available later.

Property Transfers
Following is a listing of recent property transfers in our North Shore neighborhood. The individuals listed are new owners of the properties cited but not necessarily the residents of those properties. The properties are listed in chronological avenue and chronological and alphabetical street order. If any of these folks live near you, make sure you welcome them to the neighborhood. 555 5th Avenue NE #311 .................................... Solomon Kilgroe 555 5th Avenue NE #624 ....................Darrell and Jennifer Kinder 166 9th Avenue NE ................. Jesse Sanger and Rebecca Bybel 348 11th Avenue NE ..........................John and Lucinda Johnston 456 11th Avenue NE ................................................ John Macedo 325 12th Avenue NE .............................Richard and Helen Walsh 555 12th Avenue NE ........................Vasilios and Marina Boukalis 102 13th Avenue NE ....... Susan Cardamone and Brenda Forringer 635 13th Avenue NE ...............David Rich and Lynn Gillman-Rich 220 14th Avenue NE ................................................Joshua Smith 525 16th Avenue NE ............................. Laura and Charles Home 745 16th Avenue NE ...........................Millard and Kathryn Rollins 143 17th Avenue N ....................................................Jordan Tawil 156 17th Avenue NE ......................Richard and Madalyn Conway 920 17th Avenue NE ............................ Philip and Melissa Harasz 234 18th Avenue NE .............Brett Chukerman and Todd Anthony 756 18th Avenue NE ....................... Robert and Catherine Farese 215 19th Avenue NE .......................Samuel and Shannon Secord 405 20th Avenue NE ........................ Richard and Yvette Feinberg 161 21st Avenue N ..................................................Jason Gaines 175 21st Avenue N ......................................Brian and Mary Reed 180 21st Avenue N ........................Andrew and Meredith Gaunce 185 21st Avenue N ...................... Jeremiah and Charlotte Mapes 565 21st Avenue NE ................................. David and Tracy Harris 195 23rd Avenue N ..................... Geoffrey and Christine Marshall 167 24th Avenue N ........................... Michael and Michele Mason 1500 1st Street N ................................... Donald and Sarah Howe 700 Beach Drive NE #708 ........... James and Catherine Leonard 2320 Brevard Road NE .................. Adam and Kathleen Estevez 1120 North Shore Drive NE #603 ................................ Brian McGuigan and Shannon Ceballos

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Some Upcoming Events In and Nearby Our Neighborhood

We encourage you to go directly to the City website and look for Upcoming Events where you can click on View All Events. This will enable you to check updates and all the scheduled events day-by-day for the coming weeks and months.


St. Pete Parade and Snowfest, Ends at North Straub Park; 893-7441 World AIDS Day, Williams Park; 388-4129 CASA Peace Breakfast, Coliseum; 892-5202 Tampa Bay Childrens Chorus Holiday Concert, First Presbyterian Church

Florida Style Landscaping Workshop Series, Water Resources Building (continues January 31 and February 7, 21 and 28)


NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING/DESSERT POTLUCK 2nd Annual Rock n Roll, St. Pete Health & Fitness Expo The Trop Wine Weekend (benefit), Museum of Fine Arts; 896-2667



PORCH PARTY (see p. 24)

ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES (see p. 1) Holiday Entertainment ,The Pier; 821-6443 Rum Runners Speakeasy Party, Museum of History The Color Run, Vinoy Park Holiday Entertainment, The Pier; 821-6443 Gallery Talk, Museum of Fine Arts 896-2667 Childrens Christmas Program, Westminster Presbyterian Church; 821-5259


(see calendar at for more opportunities and details and any changes in these schedules)


Santa in the Park and Ice Skating, North Straub Park; 893-7441 KidsDilly Dally with Dali, Dali Museum 823-3767 Counting on Fish, Pier Aquarium; 821-6443 Yoga, Sunken Gardens; 5513102 Senior Fitness, Sunshine Center; 893-7101 Self Defense Aerobic Karate, Sunshine Center; 893-7190 Monday Art Bites, (2nd) Museum of Fine Arts; 896-2667 Jazz Jam, (1st) Hangar Restaurant Latin Night, The Pier; 821-6443 Yappy Hour, The Pier Hoop Dancing, Sunken Gardens; 551-3102 New Parents Gallery Gathering ,(2nd) Museum of Fine Arts; 896-2667 Kids and Kubs Softball, North Shore Park; 893-7108

ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD HOLIDAY PARTY (see p. 1) Holiday Entertainment, The Pier; 821-6443 Community Choir Caroling thru neighborhood, Westminster Presbyterian Church; 821-5259 Music in the Courtyard, The Pier; 821-6443 Breakfast with the Mayor





First Night ,Various downtown locations; 823-8906 Music in the Courtyard, The Pier; 821-6443 Sunshine City Antiques Show, Coliseum; 892-5202 Glow Run 5K, Albert Whitted Park



Story Times for Families, Dali Museum; 823-3767 Dance classes, The Pier Tea Dance, (1st & 3rd) Coliseum; 892-5202 Coffee Talk, (2nd) Museum of Fine Arts; 896-2667

Sunshine Blues Festival, Vinoy Park; 800/745-3000

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Bike Night, The Pier Hoop Dancing, Sunken Gardens; 551-3102 Terrific Tots, Great Explorations; 821-8992 December 3 December 4 December 5 December 10 December 11 December 12 December 13

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Taking on the World One Cause at a Time

by Sara Wolski

Last year, the club raised more than $13,000 to benefit local and international organizations such as the Rotary Foundation, the Polio Eradication campaign and Ready for Life, a local program that benefits foster youth who age out of foster care. They also granted two wishes through the Childrens Dream Fund for local children battling life-threatening illnesses. This years motto, Peace through Service, highlights the Rotary mission of building goodwill and understanding by promoting projects both locally and globally, says Emily Barber, Special Events Chair and Old Northeast resident. And the distinct feature of our Sunset Club is the emphasis on fun and friendship. For young professionals in St. Petersburg, the club provides a perfect way to t was a windy day last October when members of the Rotary meet people, make lasting friendships and enjoy a sense of comClub of St. Petersburg Sunset climbed the 30-foot platform munity, purpose and cultural enrichment in a service-focused and with their human-powered flying machine in the shape meaningful way. of a giant mustache. Dressed as characters from the film Anchorman, the team launched the flying mustache and dove Old NE resident Adam Hopkins, the clubs Service Projects into the Hillsborough River to spectators roaring cheers all in Chair, is a fan of the social elements of the club as well as the the name of charity. [See photo above]. contributions to the community. I joined as soon as I moved to St. Petersburg as a way to meet energetic, young professionals like me. As one of The Old Northeasts (and St. Petersburgs) best-kept I had previously been a secrets, this is Rotary remember of a Rotaract imagined: a welcoming group, so I knew what group of forward-thinking, Rotary was all about. socially active and comWhat I did not know was mitted young professionhow rewarding it would als putting their stamp be or how much fun. on our community and We throw some great the international Rotary parties. community at-large. Many of the clubs members The club is always are residents of The Old welcoming new memNortheast, and their inbers and guests to help volvement extends beyond them impact the comour local boundaries. munity and raise money for important causes. What drew me to the Highlights on the agenda club was that it was such a for this year include the young club, says Old NE a field day and barbeque neighbor Monte White, a for RCS Grace House, charter member. I loved delivering Christmas that it was for the young trees to families in need, and young-at-heart. My providing supplies for father was a Rotarian, and new and expecting families through Healthy Start Pinellas and an I knew that this was the perfect way to get involved, meet some international water purification project in Haiti. great people and give back to the community. And speaking of great parties, their next signature event will be This young club (which just marked its second anniversary) this Spring: a Greek-themed white party, featuring fabulous music, already has a long list of accomplishments and accolades. They food, drinks, special guests and, as always, a wonderful crowd. have received a Rotary International Club, President of the Year and Distinguished Club of the Year citations, which recognized To learn more about the club and their signature event this them as the best of all 49 Rotary clubs in their district. Spring, visit them online at Historic Old NOrtheast NeighbOrhOOd News Page 29

Sidewalk Builders Mark Still Lingers Around City

by Scott Taylor Hartzell
ne of St. Petersb u rg s first industries was Farmer Concrete Wo r k s , w h i c h filled the City with its signature hexagonal sidewalks. Like a proud artist, builder Hope Aciel Farmer left his name on every sidewalk he completed. About every City block he laid a slab that was stamped Farmer Concrete Works, said David M. Jackson, great-grandson of Farmer, who founded the enterprise in 1912. Farmer Concrete Works was among the Citys first industries. It laid St. Petersburgs first hexagonal sidewalks. We grew up walking on those sidewalks, said Maxine Lee, 86, pioneer Mattie Lou Cherbonneauxs daughter. Wonderful to play hopscotch on. Farmers venture operated nearly five decades, and some signature blocks still survive. Check the 200 block of 11th Avenue NE, said Will Michaels, director of the St. Petersburg Museum of History. The more I saw those stamped blocks, the more I saw my heritage, said Jackson, 58. Numerous conversations with his grandmother -- Edna Farmer Otis, Farmers daughter -- enlightened Jackson about the family enterprise. Hope Farmer was born in 1863 in Starke. About age 42 in 1905, he came to St. Petersburg to help a friend build a home. Farmer later asked his wife, Rebecca, to join him. Shed weep awhile and pack awhile, said Mrs. Ernest Duval Farmer, Farmers daughter-in-law. But after she got here, she loved it. According to family Bibles at Jacksons

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home, the Farmers had 10 children, four of whom died months after being born. Farmer subsequently established H.A. Farmer Contractor and Builder at 825 Third St. S. He owned the second registered car in St. Petersburg and later built the Bradford County Courthouse. By 1912, St. Petersburg had advanced from the wooden slab sidewalks fashioned by the Womens Town Improvement Association in 1891 and moved from shell to asphalt walkways. Farmer renamed his concern Farmer Concrete Works and began creating hexblocks cast in gray, red, green, blue and yellow. City fathers liked Farmers 12-by 18-inch concrete blocks because they believed they would float smoothly atop shifting sand. Other reports circulated that officials were imitating the sidewalks of Rio de Janeiro. In 1927 Farmer died, and his son Ernest Duval Farmer became the companys president and treasurer. The Citys economic bust beginning in the late 1920s didnt impede the Farmer industry. Sidewalks were being laid, but no building was going on, said local tailor Angres Chapman, 81, whose father Simmie Chapman was a cement finisher then. In 1946, resident Lon Cooper and his wife unearthed some bust-era sidewalk. Dartmouth Avenue N did not exist as a cleared street and 53rd Street N was just two sand ruts, said Cooper, 83. Dot and I went there with a shovel. We dug down and found a Farmers sidewalk dated about 1926. By the 1940s, the City had realized solid sidewalks were 34 cents cheaper per square foot than hexblocks. It ceased using them for new sidewalks, reserving them for repairs to existing hexblock walkways. Reinforced 4-inch concrete solid-style slabs became the norm and still are. After laying about 100 miles of hexblock sidewalks, Farmer Concrete fashioned building blocks and garden furniture and specialized in driveways and patios. By the 1950s, Ernest Duval Farmer was smoking a Sherlock Holmes pipe and placing his name on shuffleboard courts. Fred E. Wilder, former owner of Wilder Trailer Park, remembers the sharply dressed, 5-foot-11 Ernest Duval Farmer kneeling on a newspaper to check the level of the courts at the park. He talked slowly, said Wilder, 92. Rather dry sense of humor. All business. Farmer shuffleboard courts were the best. If he couldnt do it, no one in St. Pete could. Farmer Concrete Works ceased operation in 1961. The late Scott Taylor Hartzell wrote several books about St. Petersburg history and a column for the then St. Petersburg Times.

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