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Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Dates

  • 4:04 am Friday, July 20th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

I doubt the kids will get as excited as you are anytime we mention heading back to school (less than a month). But this is what we wait for – the chance to save and pay no sales tax on a long list of supplies for the next school year. The dates for the back-to-school sales tax holiday have been announced, and the full list from the Florida Department of Revenue runs some four pages so take a look now and start working on a game plan for August 3rd through August 5th.

Page three through four are where [More]

Lend A Helping Paw

  • 9:02 am Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

How do you ever say no to a sweet little dog like Clover…and the entire Madeira Beach Fire Department? You don’t. I’ve told you Clover’s story before but in case you missed that, the short version is she survived a fire thanks to her Mom laying on top of the pups to protect them (cue tears). But Clover did suffer some injuries and to help cover her vet bills the MBFD is offering a special limited edition t-shirt. It was designed by the great folks at the MBFD to help their Suncoast Animal League alum and now official firehouse [More]

Turtle Nesting Season

  • 6:33 am Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

It’s nesting season on Florida beaches and we’ve already had at least one incident of damage done to a nest. Mote Marine Laboratory thinks poachers were trying to get to the eggs on Nokomis Beach and ran off before volunteers could get to them. If you see anyone doing damage to a nest please call the FWC’s wildlife alert hotline (888-404-FWCC (3922)) or your local sheriff’s department.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is always on guard against such incidents and has rescued and rehabilitated countless turtles and other sea life. I was fortunate enough to watch a release up on Clearwater [More]

A Talk With Toto’s Joseph Williams

  • 4:13 am Friday, June 29th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Once again I look at the years gone by in music and am tremendously grateful I can still enjoy many of the songs I’ve played so often over the years – and better yet, see them performed live in concert. Toto has sold more than 35 million albums and have gifted us with songs that we still get a chill from the first chords. “Africa,” Rosanna,” “Hold the Line” and so many more. The act is still together and they’re taking it on the road for the “40 Trips Around The Sun Tour’ that makes a stop at Clearwater’s Ruth [More]

Food Safety During Storms

  • 4:21 am Friday, June 8th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

I made it just in time for the sale tax holiday for hurricane prep supplies. It’s over now but that shouldn’t stop you from making sure you have enough supplies to get you through another hurricane season. If Irma taught us anything it pays to have the most important items ready to go like a generator, food and water, and anything that uses batteries like weather radios, fans and lights. I was without power for eight days and let me tell you, opening that fridge and freezer? Nasty!

But on the plus site that fridge has never been cleaner. I [More]

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Kicks Off Friday

  • 4:03 am Thursday, May 31st, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Hurricane season 2018 didn’t wait until the official start date of June 1st; Alberto dumped plenty of rain on the bay area leading to some flooding and minor power outages. But if you were caught without backup of some sort you may not have learned a lesson from last year when Hurricane Irma devastated so much of Florida. It’s time to stock up and tax advantage of the sales tax holiday which runs from June 1st-June 7th and covers a wide range of items. We can show you the complete list here along with items that are not [More]

Thank You

  • 9:17 am Sunday, May 27th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

It’s hard to acknowledge you’re not Wonder Woman, not even close. But we’re about to wrap up Lupus Awareness Month and it’s a good time to touch base with you on how things are going. The monthly Benlysta infusions are actually going quite well. But it’s those darn side effects. Benlysta is not kind to the immune system, so my two go-rounds with upper respiratory infections are part of the deal so far. But I know I’m not alone, it’s been a rough flu and cold season for everyone. But for anyone who has an auto-immune disease like Lupus [More]

Plunging Into Gelatin For The Children’s Cancer Center

  • 4:28 am Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

I’ve done it myself. It’s a rather unforgettable experience! Sliding into a massive pool filled with cold gelatin. Now why would someone do that? One very good reason – in support of the Children’s Cancer Center. Heading down that slippery slide this year representing Cox Media Group Tampa is Mika Rotunda with a serious fund raising goal of $5,000. So why should you dip into the checking account? One reason. One day, it may be your family needing the loving support of the Children’s Cancer Center.

The Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa was founded by Mac and Cecile Burnett, [More]

New Pets Of The Week From The Suncoast Animal League

  • 6:24 am Friday, April 27th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Welcome to a look at the new pets of the week from the Suncoast Animal League! Our first little guy is extra special. Here’s his story direct from Suncoast;

Andy is a very special pup to us. After surviving Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, our friends from Mi Pequeño Albergue sent him to Suncoast Animal League to begin a new life. Now it’s time to find him a forever home. He is a 3.5-year-old mixed breed with shorty legs who weighs 20 lbs. The quickest way to describe his personality is to say that he is very low maintenance. He’s a quiet dog, [More]

A New Perspective On Surviving Cancer

  • 5:39 am Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Talk with any cancer survivor and you’ll hear a different perspective on surviving cancer from each one. But when you talk with a doctor that’s the cancer survivor it’s a different sort of perspective.  Dr. John Poothullil, FRCP and author of Surviving Cancer: A New Perspective on Why Cancer Happens & Your Key Strategies for a Health Life was diagnosed some six years ago. There’s no easy answer to why someone is diagnosed or what may have been the cause,. For instance, you may have seen a story recently on the possible connection between coffee and cancer or another on fast [More]

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