Saturday, March 15, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: What We Drive, One Of Us

Click for larger picture in a new window
Clearwater, Florida: What We Drive, Assistant Fire Chief Station 48
Speaking of What We Drive... I guess there are not many of us out there that are going to get to drive this rig. That is one Chevrolet that means business! Meet AC48, from Station 48 of the Clearwater Fire Department, Clearwater Fire & Rescue. I met some really neat guys the day I took this picture. If you look close, you can see Ladder 48 reflected in the windows of AC48. Cool.
____
If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: What We Drive: New 4-Door Jeep Wrangler X Unlimited

Click for larger picture in a new window
Clearwater, Florida: What We Drive: New Jeep 4-Door
Have you seen one of these yet? The first time I saw one, I could not figure out what was different about it. It looked longer than a typical jeep, but why? Finally it struck me. Four doors! Cool. I've never owned a Jeep, but I like them in general. So I thought it was neat when they came out with this new model, the Jeep Wrangler X Unlimited. Click here if you'd like to visit the Jeep website.

Did you know that Amazon.com has a whole section devoted to Jeep Wrangler? Yup.

You can help support Clearwater Daily Photo by shopping for your Jeep parts and accessories with these advertisers:


shop 4wd.com for all your Jeep Products


$100 Mail-In Visa w/ Purchase of General Grabber


JC Whitney - Everything Automotive

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Nuts At Work

Click for larger picture in a new window
Clearwater, Florida: Nuts At Work, Highway Street Sign Pole
So here it is, this gigant-o-normous sign is being held up/down/in place by nothing more than that little bunch of nuts you saw here yesterday. Yeah, what's up with that? I know it works. I know the sign is not going anywhere... But when, walking down the sidewalk, I am confronted by the seeming minimalism of these relatively puny fasteners, I have to ask: "How does that work?"

Want the short answer? Engineering.
____
If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Special Bulletin: Willa Carson Health Resource Center: Good People Doing Good Need Your Help!

Here is the text of the original story, as it appeared in the St. Petersburg Times on March 13, 2008:

'LIFE LINE' IN DIRE STRAITS

Willa Carson Health Resource Center's financial woes could shut the free clinic.

Karen Smith works as an in-home nursing assistant, but she says she can't afford health insurance.

So Smith, 53, drives from St. Petersburg to the Willa Carson Health Resource Center in the North Greenwood community to get physicals and other preventive health care.

"This place is the heartbeat of the community," said Smith, who recently moved from Clearwater to St. Petersburg. "It doesn't matter who you are, where you've been, what you've got, they take you. Without this place, we would be lost."

Testimonies abound about the value of the Willa Carson Health Resource Center, but the small, popular, free clinic is on financial life-support.

If an infusion of cash isn't received soon, the clinic, founded in 1995 by registered nurse Willa Carson to provide health care to the poor, could close in three months.

"To see what Mrs. Carson worked so hard for, to get this far and see these doors close, I just don't want to see that," said Annie Tyrell, RN, the center's director. "(In today's economic environment) there's going to be a lot of people losing insurance and a place like this is a life line."

Carson, who died in 2006 at age 80, worked tirelessly in the late years of her life to keep the clinic going. She started it by giving free blood pressure checks and treating common colds out of two apartments in North Greenwood.

As word spread, so did her patient base. She talked other health care professionals into volunteering, seeing the clinic as a way to make health care, especially preventive health care, accessible to Clearwater's African-American community.

In 2001, she expanded into larger quarters at 1108 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. The clinic, which has four examination rooms, managed to open five days and treat 7,000 people a year when patient care peaked in 2005.

Now, it's a different story. The clinic is open three days a week and sees about 4,000 patients a year. And it's $40,000 in the red.

"Tears would be coming from her eyes right now," said Talmadge Rutledge, a lifelong North Greenwood resident who witnessed Carson's efforts, which earned her a Governor's Points of Light Award and the Silver Medallion Humanitarian honor from National Conference for Community and Justice in 2005.

---

The clinic's leaders are desperately seeking funding, but with a queasy economy and uncertain local government spending, nonprofit organizations such as the clinic face challenging times.

The center has just $10,000 in cash. Its leaders are considering cuts to the clinic's $250,000 yearly budget

In May, Gov. Charlie Christ vetoed a line-item in the state's budget that would have funneled $50,000 to the clinic. The Pinellas County government gave the clinic $22,000 for this year's operations but is considering a 20 percent cut next budget year.

The city of Clearwater gave the clinic $45,000 over the last two years, but the federal grant that provided that money has been reduced, so the city might have to cut back its contribution too.

"At a time when everyone's budgets are being decreased, organizations should look for ways to consolidate services or look at doing things together or to close their doors," said Gerri Campos Lopez, Clearwater's Economic Development and Housing director. "Nonprofits are going to have to take a hard look at themselves."

The folks at the clinic are trying to find new revenue. A fundraiser banquet in 2006 netted $40,000. But last year's banquet, though well attended, brought in about $20,000.

Tyrell has applied grants. Tuesday, she received bad news from the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation. A $15,000 request was denied. Last year, the foundation came through with that amount.

The second annual Walk for Willa will be April 19. Last year, the event raised $14,000.

Office manager Verna Evans, 65, has worked at the clinic since 1999, back when it was based in the two apartments. She said the clinic survived hard times before. This time, she is trying to imitate her longtime friend, Willa Carson.

"She would have faith," Evans said. "Her faith was strong and I think that's what kept the place open all this time. She just believed that God opened these doors and no man can close them. I'm still believing in the same thing."

Demorris A. Lee can be reached at 445-4174 or dalee@sptimes.com.

FAST FACTS

Willa Carson Health Resource Center

Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. For appointments, call (727) 467-9411.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Bunch Of Nuts, Holding Up What?

Click for larger picture in a new window
Clearwater, Florida: Bunch Of Nuts, Holding Up What?
Okay, nothing strange about seeing a bunch of nuts on the sidewalk... but what are these nuts up to? Or rather, what are they getting down to? That is to say... what could they be holding down? Any ideas? I'll tell you this much, this little bunch of nuts does not seem like a whole lot of security when you look at what they are securing.
____
If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Knuckledown Tattoo: Get Inked!

Click for larger picture in a new window
Clearwater, Florida: Knuckle Down Tattoo: Get Inked!
Roaming the streets with my camera recently, I saw this place across the street. Neat name, I thought. Neat looking sign. So, being a picture taking kind of guy, I took a picture.

This is Knuckledown Tattoo.

Update: The rest of the story is: Knuckledown Tattoo is run by Jay Zubov. Here's the link he sent me for you guys: Knuckledown Tattoo. Click on in and check it out. If you click into the Tattooers link, and then on the names, you can see a bunch of pictures of their art. Pretty cool stuff! And just for fun, let him know you found him on Clearwater Daily Photo!
____
If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Best Soft Serve Ice Cream At Dairy Kurl

Click for larger picture in a new window
Clearwater, Florida: Best Soft Serve Ice Cream At Dairy Kurl
If you are looking for good ice cream, and I mean REALLY good ice cream, people around here will say Dairy Kurl. It's just that simple. That place has been there for years and years. I know people who worked there over 40 years ago. I guess great ice cream just does not go out of style. They're on Gulf to Bay, in Clearwater. Do your kids a favor, take them to Dairy Kurl while you still can.

1555 Gulf To Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33755
(727) 446-1549

____
If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Clearwater High School: Home Of The Tornadoes!

Click for larger picture in a new window
Clearwater, Florida: Clearwater High School: Home Of The Tornadoes!
How can I have published this blog for all these months now (114 days!) without mention of Clearwater High School and the Clearwater Tornadoes? I don't know, but it's just plain WRONG. So here we go.

This is Clearwater High School, Home of the Tornadoes. It's located at the corner of Gulf to Bay Blvd. and Hercules Ave. It's a nice looking school, with a stadium and track and football field and all that good stuff. They have a trophy case in the front office that is STUFFED with trophies. Not bad. If you'd like to learn more about Clearwater High School, click the name above and the link will take you to their website.
____
If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

For your convenience... (results open in a new window)

Google
 

What I've Been Talking About:

1-800-Pack-Rat 10k 10K Turkey Trot 2008 Florida Strawberry Festival 4 Door Jeep Wrangler 4X4 5k 5K Fun Run 5K Wingding Achieva Credit Union Albertsons alligators Alpha Dumpsters Alternative Energy Ambulance AMSOIL #77 Antique Bathroom Arbor Shoreline architecture athlete photographs athlete photos athlete pictures Athletes Audi Augustino LoPrinzi Automotive Dealership Automotive Repair Services Aztec baby Bad Drivers bar Barack Obama baseball Basket Bayside Bridge Beach Beach Condo Vacation Rentals Belly Dancer Best Practices bib numbers bib photos bicycles Bicycling Course Map Big Blue Warm Sunny Sky Big Frog Big Petroleum Big Rig Big Top bikers birds blah-blah-blah blue Blue Jays Blue Skies Blue Water boardwalk boat body piercing bone BOWser Games Boy Scouts BP Gas Station breast cancer awareness bridge Brighthouse Field Brighthouse Networks bubbles building cage Camp Soule campaign canoe Captain Romantic car car repair Car Repairs carillon Carrabba's Italian Grill cars cat Causeway cellular cemetery ceramics CFD CFR Chains charity Chautauqua Lake Chautauqua Lake Park Chautauqua Park South Christmas Christmas decorations Christmas Under The Oaks CHS church church van city bus City Of Clearwater Clearwater Clearwater Airpark Clearwater Beach Clearwater Beach FL Clearwater Beach Skyline Clearwater Cycles Clearwater Daily Photo Clearwater Fire and Rescue Clearwater FL Clearwater Florida Clearwater Florida Fashion Shopping Clearwater Florida Relocation Clearwater Florida Tourism Clearwater Florida Vacation Clearwater Florida Vacation Rental Clearwater Florida Women's Apparel Clearwater Harbor Clearwater High School Clearwater Homes For Sale Clearwater Library Clearwater Mall Clearwater Marina Clearwater Memorial Causeway Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge Clearwater Municipal Cemetery Clearwater Parks and Recreation Clearwater Police Clearwater Real Estate Clearwater Schwinn Clearwater Squadron Clearwater Super Boat National Championship Cleveland Street Cleveland Street District Clothes Line Too Clothes Shopping In Clearwater Florida clouds Club V Coachman Park Coachman Ridge Park cocktails Coles Guns Ammo color communication community concert condominium Congo River consignment Consignment Boutique construction consumerism control Cornell Lab of Ornithology Costco Countryside Mall Countryside Village Courtenay Campbell Causeway Courtyard at Countryside Crest Lake Park crime Cuban Cuban sandwich cycles cycling cycling course Dairy Kurl Dairy Queen Dandy Dick Landy Declaration of Independence Diablo Dick Landy Dick Landy Racing Team dining Dining Out direction Dirigo 120 Dirt Bike Dirty Martini Disc Disc Golf Disc Golf Lights Disc Lights dishwasher Dodge Performance dog Dogwater Cafe Double Barrel Surf and Skate downtown drama Drew St drinking drive thru driving shots duck ducklings ducks DUI Dunedin Dunedin FL Dunedin Florida Edgewater Dr. EMS engineering Episcopal Church of the Ascension Eule Gibbons Everyday Heroes exercise family fashion fast food Fay Festival fire engine fire truck firefighters firemen First Fridays Fish Tail Willy's fitness flag Flex flip flops Flip Flopz Florida Subs Florida Vacation Rental Florida Winter florist Flower Market flowers Food Vendor Ford Ford Mustang forest Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 fountain Fountain #47 frog Ft. Harrison fun Fun-N-Sun Festival garbage gardening gasoline genealogy girl Give Thanks Glen Oaks Park Gobbler God Good Food Good Places To Eat Goodwill Goodwill Donation Center Google Government Graduation graffiti graveyard GREED green GrillSmith Guitar Guitar Maker Gulf Of Mexico Gulf to Bay Boulevard handicapped Harborview Center Harley Davidson Harry Potter Hassell Florist helicopter Helly Kitty Highlander Park hiking Hogwarts holiday home Home Depot Hooters house fire housing Hungry Howies Hurricane Ibex Ice Cream Ice Skating industry Infiniti QX4 infrastructure inspiration Instigator #1 Interstellar Boundary Explorer Intracoastal Waterway Ironman photos Italian Food Jazz Festival Jeep Jeep Wrangler Jeep Wrangler X Unlimited Jo To Japanese Steak House jogging Karaoke Karate kayak kayak rental KB Homes keep out Kmart Knuckle Down Knuckledown Kohl's Krewe Krewe of the Bitter End lacrosse lady Lady Mary Drive Lamborghini landscaping language Laura Lamby Light Bites litter litterbug Long Center Lowe's Mack Trucks mall mangrove map Mardi Parti for Pups Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Maserati Quattroporte Mayan mechanic metal Mexican Pottery Mini Golf Mirage Moccasin Lake Nature Park modern design Moes' Mojo P2-9 money Monty's Pizza Mopar Performance Morton Plant Hospital Morton Plant Mease Mother Nature Mother's Day motorcycle Mr Submarine Muggles Muscovy music music lessons Musicology Naked Sushi NASA nature neighborhood Night Flight Disc Golf night photography Nikon D80 No Trespassing Nobody Cares Northside Baptist Ministries numbers Office offshore racing Old Town On Being A Man online gallery order prints online Osprey Bay Outdoors Outlaw Outrageous Lies overpass paddling paint palm Palm Harbor Homes For Sale Palm Harbor Real Estate Panera Bread Panoramic View parade paradise Paramedics park Passion Flower Pasta people People Pictures pet food pet store Pete And Shorty's Tavern pets Pets Unlimited Petula Clark pharmacy Philadelphia Phillies Phillies photography Pictures Of Clearwater Florida Pictures of Florida pine cone Pinellas County Pinellas County Sheriff Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Pinellas Trail Pioneer Park Pirate Actors Pirates pizza Plant City playground PODA poker police police car police cruiser politics pool Popcorn Popcorn Central Station poverty POW/MIA president Private Property Pro Stock Drag Racing Pro Tools PSTA quidditch race Race Maps racquetball rain real estate recreation red religion Renewable Energy rent restaurant retirement rink road roof repair roof work running rust Safety Harbor Safety Harbor Resort And Spa Salvation Army sand Sand Key Sand Key Bridge Sand Sculpture Sanrio Santa Claus Sarasota Save The Planet save the ta-tas Sawgrass Lake Park school School Bus scooter Scouting Scouts seagull Sears Sears Essentials seashell Seen on Road serenity Shadows sheriff shopping shopping cart shops shrine shuffleboard sign skate skim sky Skycrest Auto Service Skycrest Neighborhood skyline smile Solar Array Solar Energy Spanish Sport Utility sports sports car Spring Training squirrel St. Petersburg St. Petersburg - Clearwater International Airport St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport St. Petersburg Times staghorn fern Starbucks Coffee station Steak And Ale steel Sterling Trucks Stihl #13 storage storage unit stores stories street Street Fair Street Fighter streetscapes structure stuff Sunny Florida Scenery sunrise Sunset sunset picture sunshine Sunshine Skyway Bridge Sunstar Super Boat pictures Super Boats SuperHeat #52 surf Suzuki Sweet Child Of Mine Sylvan Abbey T-Shirts Talavera Tampa Tampa Bay tattoo Team Raven Offshore Racing telephone Tent Texas Hold-em Thanksgiving The Golden Compass The Good Life The Grid The Melting Pot the Mermaid Tavern Theme Day Third Friday Threshers Tiger Schulmann Tiki Bar tiki hut Tilted Kilt time time capsule Top Of The World Tornadoes Tournament tower Tower traffic traffic light trail transportation trash tree triathlete Triathletes Triathlon Triathlon Course Map Triathlon November 10 2013 TriRock Triathlon Clearwater Tropical Storm truck Tubular Tuesday Turkey Trot Twisted Metal P1-30 U.S. Constitution Ukulele Ultimate Frisbee United States Flag US HWY 19 USGS utility veteran Victoria's Pottery Vietnam vine Visiting Clearwater Florida volleyball walking wall mural WalMart warehouse WarPaint US-1 water Water View waterfront weather welding Westfield ShoppingTown Countryside What We Drive White Ibis Wikipedia wildlife Willa Carson Health Resource Center Wine and More woman work working man Wrangler Wrangler X Unlimited Xeriscaping Yankees YaYa's