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C. Beacon, January 11, 2013
St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute
opens Clearwater facility
CLEARWATER – St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute,
one of the world’s leading ophthalmology practices,
opened its seventh location downtown Monday, Jan. 7. at
501 S. Fort Harrison Ave.
Several community leaders attended the opening of the
facility, which will provide 20 new jobs in the area.
St. Luke’s will offer ophthalmology services on the first
floor of the Clearwater facility and is introducing Reflections at St. Luke’s, which will offer plastic surgery, aesthetic skin care and Mohs’ dermatology on the second
“Reflections at St. Luke’s will pair the most advanced
surgical techniques in plastic surgery with an extraordinary level of patient-centered care,” a press release said.
Dr. Nicolas Villanustre, a double board-certified plastic
surgeon, who trained and then taught at Indiana University before joining St. Luke’s in early 2011, leads the plastic surgery team.
Dermatologist and Mohs’ surgeon Dr. David Sable has
been with St. Luke’s since 2010. He has performed nearly
10,000 Mohs’ surgery cases.
Dr. Pit Gills leads the St Luke’s team of ophthalmologists who will now provide their Clearwater based patients
with an unparalleled healthcare experience in a convenient location.
St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute is headquartered
in Tarpon Springs. The two newest facilities are in The Villages, which opened Dec. 3, and in Clearwater.
Wellness fair set
LARGO – Getting It Together in 2013, a wellness fair,
will be presented Thursday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at
Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road.
Presented by the city of Largo Volunteer Corps Advisory
Board and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of
Pinellas County, the event will feature health screenings,
wellness information, hands-on activities and healthy living tips as well as informational displays, product demonstrations and benefit information and educational
materials. There will be live music and healthy snacks. Attendees will have an opportunity to sign up for volunteer
service opportunities in the community.
The event also will include door prizes, raffles and giveaways.
For information, call 518-3131.
Recreation complex to host health,
SEMINOLE – The Fit Over 50 Health and Wellness Expo
will be presented Thursday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at
the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th
The city’s recreation division is seeking vendors for the
12th annual event. The event traditionally draws more
than 500 attendees. Vendor participation is limited to the
first 50 applicants. Cost for vendors starts at $50.
For information, call 391-8345 or email [email protected]
Edward White earns award
ST. PETERSBURG – Edward White Hospital recently
was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The
Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by
employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
The “A” score was awarded in the latest update to the
Hospital Safety Score, the scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was
compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public
information they can use to protect themselves and their
“This award is significant to us and provides evidence to
the residents of Pinellas County that we are continuing
our commitment to providing excellent patient safety in
the care we extend to those in need,” said Sharon Hayes,
RN, in a press release. Hayes is chief executive officer of
Edward White Hospital.
To see Edward White Hospital’s scores as they compare
nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Jazzercise classes relocate
79, of Largo, Florida passed away December 31,
2012, survived by his wife Elaine and two sons, Rick
and Brian. Fred was born March 27, 1933, in Detroit,
Michigan to Richard and Erna Baron. They moved to
Milford, Michigan in 1945 where he attended Henry
Ford Trade School. He was Class President and
graduated Valedictorian, then served a four year apprenticeship as a
mechanical designer. In June of 1953 he married Elaine Ellis and
moved to Allen Park, Michigan. Their first son, Rick, was born a
year later on October 15th. Fred served two years of active duty
stationed at Fort Knox with the Army’s 3rd Armored Division, as a
tank commander and German interpreter while stationed in
Germany. In 1957, they moved back to Allen Park where their
second son, Brian, was born on June 17, 1958. He went to work for
the Ford Motor Company and built a home in Wolverine Lake,
Michigan, but soon left Ford to work for Master Design. In 1967,
they moved to Belleair Bluffs, Florida, working for Tampa Bay
Engineering, but started his own business, Sun Coast Design, Inc. a
year later. In 1995, he sold his company to Bovie Medical where he
continued to work because he loved his job – it was his passion. As
a Mechanical Engineer and Manager at Bovie, he was able to travel
the world. Fred was a much loved father and husband who not only
taught his sons how to hunt and fish, but also a wonderful set of
morals and ethics to live by. Fred was an entrepreneur, inventor,
mechanical engineer, machinist, private pilot and a pioneer in scuba
diving in the late 50's and 60's. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of
flowers, donations can be made to the ASPCA. A memorial service
will be held at Hubbell Funeral Home, Belleair Bluffs, on Saturday,
January 12, 2013 at noon. Hubbell Funeral Home 727-584-7671
Stefanec’s raises funds for Alstott
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – Throughout the month of December, Stefanec’s South Barber Shop, 772 Indian Rocks Road N., donated $1
from every haircut to the Mike Alstott Family Foundation.
The total donation amounted to $600. To make a donation, visit
Chamber hosts four industry leaders for an
LARGO – The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will present
Focus on 2013: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast on Tuesday, Jan. 22,
7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd. in
This annual signature event features a panel of business experts
who will share predictions and provide insight on significant global,
national and regional issues destined to impact the Tampa Bay economy.
This year’s panelists of industry leaders and their topics include:
• Financial Industry Forecast, presented by Richard F. Moody,
senior vice president and chief economist of Regions Financial Corporation. Moody serves as the principal spokesperson on all economic issues for Regions. He has an extensive background in economic
analysis and forecasting on the regional, national and international
levels. He joined Regions in 2010 to establish and manage the Applied
Market Research Group, which is responsible for identifying and monitoring economic, market, and industry specific risks to Regions’ real
estate and commercial loan portfolios. He was named as Regions’ Chief
Economist in July 2012.
• Political Forecast, presented by Frank Torres, political analyst
featured in the Boston Herald, CBS News and the Orlando Sentinel.
Torres has worked as an on-air analyst for FOX 35 in Orlando, and
more recently Central Florida News 13 for the 2012 election cycle. He
is an eight-year U.S. Army veteran, whose service as a human resource specialist took him to Korea, Europe and the Middle East. It
provided him the opportunity to study at the University of Maryland,
before returning home to Central Florida. He is also the owner of
Frank Torres Strategies, an Internet reputation management firm.
• Energy Forecast, presented by J. Jason Cutliffe, Duke Energy
Operations Center manager, region general manager and director of
asset management. Prior to joining Progress Energy in 2001, Cutliffe
represented Dominion-Virginia Power where he held a variety of engineering, operational, and leadership positions in distribution and
transmission. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineer
from the University of Maine, an Master of Business Administration
from University of Richmond and is a registered professional engineer.
• National/International Economic Forecast, presented by Sean
Snaith, Ph.D., director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute
for Economic Competitiveness and a nationally recognized economist
in the field of business and economic forecasting. An award-winning
forecaster, researcher and professor, he has served as a consultant for
governments and multi-national corporations such as Compaq, Dell
and IBM. This is his second consecutive appearance at Focus.
The cost to attend is $35 for open seating, which includes breakfast
or reserved tables of eight for $260. Tickets can be purchased at the
chamber office at 151 Third St. NW. in Largo.
For more information, call 584-2321.
PINELLAS PARK – Dr. Rafael
Catala continues an exploration
of the Gnostic Gospels on Thursdays, 7 p.m., beginning Jan. 10,
at Good Samaritan Church, 6085
The study group is open to all
who are interested. The gospels
are found in the Nag Hammadi
Library, a collection of fourth century manuscripts whose teachings are as relevant today as they
were centuries ago. Participants
share from their own life experiences that relate to these sacred
Catala is a writer, lecturer and
internationally recognized speaker. He is president and founder of
Ometeca Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to the study of
the relationship between the sciences and the humanities, as
well as an ordained elder in the
Presbyterian Church. His workshops at Good Samaritan are in-
Church And Temple Directory
Dr. Bill G. JACKSON
81, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away peacefully,
surrounded by all those who loved him deeply, on
December 28, 2012. Bill was born on September 7,
1931 to the late Junia and Mrs. (Grinell) Jackson. He
was preceded in death by two brothers and one
sister. Bill served in the United States Army as a 1st
Lieutenant. He was a Research Chemist for 35 years at Eli Lily.
Bill was an avid birder; he loved his church and his family. He will
be truly missed but never forgotten. He is survived by his loving
wife of 58 years: Beverly A. (Dunnette) Jackson; son, Brad
(Margaret) Jackson of Great Barrington, Mass.; daughter, Brenda J.
Jackson; grandchildren, Rachel Goings and Malina Jackson; great
granddaughter, Reagan Goings; and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held January 2, 2013 at Flanner and
Buchanan-Washington Park North, 2706 Kessler Blvd West Drive,
Indianapolis, IN 46228. Memorial contributions may be made to
Horizons of Faith UMC, 3096 West 62nd Street Indianapolis, IN
46268 and Oakhurst UMC, 13400 Park Blvd Seminole, FL 33776.
You may express a condolence or share a memory of Bill at:
CLEARWATER – Jazzercise dance-fitness classes recently moved to
a new location in the Clearwater/Largo area.
Jazzercise instructor Laura Price had to move the classes unexpectedly when the dance studio where she had been teaching classes went
out of business. Classes are now offered Tuesdays and Thursdays,
5:15 to 6:15 p.m., at Temple B’Nai Israel, South Belcher Road.
The classes were formerly offered at Dance America Dance Studio.
“I’m excited about the new location for Jazzercise classes,” said Price
in a press release. “Jazzercise offers a unique blend of fitness and jazz
dance that Clearwater and Largo residents have discovered is a lot of
fun. The new location and time will just make it easier for participants
to enjoy a workout where and when it’s convenient for them.”
The 60-minute Jazzercise class includes a warm-up, high-energy
aerobic routines, muscle-toning and cool-down stretch segment.
Jazzercise combines elements of dance, resistance training, Pilates,
yoga, kickboxing and more to create programs for people of every age
and fitness level.
For information, call 512-7770.
TELL THE PUBLIC ABOUT YOUR
SERVICES, CALL 397-5563
Ministry For All Ages
Services: Thurs. 7:30pm
Sun. 10am & 6:30pm
2045 Palmetto St., Clearwater
Pastors Steve & Sheri Nicholson
Member of Rhema Min. Assoc., Int.
formal, soul nourishing, and
For information, call 544-8558
or visit www.goodsam-church
ST. PETERSBURG – The Quilt
Show and Cuba Cafe will take
place Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m., at Riviera United
Methodist Church, 175 62nd
Attendees will have an opportunity to explore the beauty of
quilts and enjoy a Cuban sandwich. The event will include quilting demonstrations, a quilting
supply store, and Cuban food.
The church is hosting the event
to support the ministries of missionaries and its sister church in
Admission is $3. Cuban food
will be available for purchase.
PASS-A-GRILLE – Disney organist Rob Richards and
renowned pianist Alex Zsolt will
perform Saturday, Jan. 19, 2 and
7 p.m., at the Pass-A-Grille
Beach Community Church, 107
Richards has achieved worldwide fame as a concert and
recording artist and is the house
organist at Disney’s historic El
Capitan Theatre in Hollywood,
Calif. The American Theatre
Organ Society named him 2005
Organist of the Year. He frequently serves as a tonal consultant
during the development of pipe,
digital and combination instruments.
Zsolt has a passion for music
presentation that appeals to people of all ages. He has released
several CDs, many of which are
in collaboration with renowned
composer and arranger David
Clydesdale. He is in partnership
with World Vision International,
an organization dedicated to child
Tickets are $15 and may be
purchased in advance at the
church office, Monday through
Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets
also may be purchased online at
For information, call 360-5508.
Church by the Sea
plans praise band
MADEIRA BEACH – Church by
the Sea, 495 137th Circle, plans
See CHURCH, page 11A
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