Sunday, May 19, 2013
The “Chunky Sunday” community gatherings are a budding tradition in Clearwater's North Greenwood neighborhood Sunday evenings.
Women jump out of a party bus in ripped, black spandex. They do splits and other dance maneuvers as a camera pans around showing big rims and cars with shiny, bowling ball paint as part of the seven-minute “Chunky Sunday 2013 - Clearwater, FL Wick City” YouTube video posted April 16. The community parties, which swelled to some 6,000 people at their height in 1998 in Bartlett and Campbell parks in St. Petersburg, according to a May 10, 2000 St. Petersburg Times article, are back. This time they have become a tradition in Clearwater’s gritty North Greenwood community, with hundreds of attendees coming to Cherry Harris Park Sunday evenings before lining Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue until 10 p.m. or later. Chunky Issues Resident and …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Local product and Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Leonard Johnson's football camp in the rough and tumble North Greenwood neighborhood aims for positive change for kids mired in an environment of drugs and violence.
Editor's note: This story originally ran in July 2011. We're putting it in the spotlight again to highlight the accomplishments one person can make. Each summer Iowa State football star Leonard Johnson becomes a dream promoter. His mom Schenique Harris is helping him work at it. She sends her son letters from the kids who look up to him. They live in the same rough-and-tumble North Greenwood neighborhood where Johnson grew up. Harris also noticed how her son spent time during the summer, playing football with the kids in the field near the Martin Luther King Center. It is near where Johnson played with the North Greenwood Panthers as a young boy. So, the two are spearheading a football camp for kids Sunday on those fields behind …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Junn Yan Lai was released from jail after paying more than $27,000 in bonds. Police said Lai kept drugs behind the counter at the Greenwood Food Mart.
Clearwater Police have arrested and charged Junn Yan Lai, 55, the owner of the Greenwood Food Mart, for selling drugs from behind the front counter of the store. Lai, of 5460 Stag Thicket Ln. in Palm Harbor, was arrested and charged with possession of morphine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of a firearm while committing a felony and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Police said they were advised that Lai was actively selling drugs from Greenwood Food Mart, 1205 N. Martin Luther King Ave. Lai kept the drugs behind the counter, according to investigators. Police officers made contact with Lai and told him of the accusation. Lai, police said, consented to a search of the …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Leonard Johnsons hosts a Red Day Event to raise awareness about heart disease at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Complex.
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Thursday, February 28
Leonard Johnson continues to give back to the community. Johnson came up playing football with the North Greenwood Panthers and starred at Largo High School before reaching the professional ranks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. He has hosted a football camp for local kids and worked with learning disabled students at Sandy Lane Elementary. Now, he is host of the Red Day event which is designed to raise awareness about heart disease and promote healthy lifestyles Thursday at the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Complex. Guest speakers include Denarvis Fuller, Jasmine Le’Shea, Minister Damon Penny and Isay Gulley. The Million Dollar Steppers also will perform. The event is free. What: Red Day Event When: 6:45 p.m. Thursday, …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Clearwater Police have identified the suspect from Friday's shooting as Kwuashawn Wyche, 16, of Palmetto Park Apartments in Clearwater. His whereabouts are unknown, and he is believed to still be armed.
Clearwater Police are asking the public for help to find a teen suspect wanted in connection to a shooting incident on Engman Steet Friday that sent a man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Kwuashawn Wyche, 16, who lives at the Palmetto Park Apartments, is wanted on charges of attempted felony murder in connection with the incident, according to investigators Sunday. Wyche's current whereabouts are unknown, and detectives are asking the public for help to find and take him into custody. He is believed to still be armed. "Wyche was involved in a physical altercation with an adult male on Engman Street near Holt Avenue," according to a media release. "At some point during the fight, Wyche brandished a firearm and shot the male, …
Friday, January 25, 2013
One man was shot and the shooter is still on the loose, according to authorities.
The Clearwater Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred late Friday afternoon on Engman Street near Holt Avenue, and the shooter may still be on the loose, authorities said. According to preliminary reports, a fight occurred between two people that resulted in gunfire sometime before 5 p.m., public safety spokesperson Elizabeth Watts said. One man was shot and airlifted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The shooter fled on foot and could not be located following a track by a police K-9 unit, Watts said. The suspect is initially described as a 25-year-old man wearing a red shirt with white lettering and jeans. Further details weren't immediately available. Stay tuned to Clearwater Patch and sign up for …
Monday, January 21, 2013
A group working to reopen the Martin Luther King Jr. Center says it needs about $250,000 in repairs before reopening. They hope to open the facility in about three months.
Tearing down the Martin Luther King Jr. Center would be a travesty to Wade Clark. Clark is an activist in the hardscrabble North Greenwood neighborhood, where the facility is located. After almost a year of maneuvering, Clark, a leader for the Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center group, was able to save it from demolition, at least for the next five years. “I just thought that our country needed to maintain some of the symbolic sites that are applicable to our heritage as black people,” Clark said. “I thought it would be absolutely a travesty that we would have the first Martin Luther King Center torn down in America.” Through an agreement with the Pinellas County School Board, the Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. …
A march is planned from the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Complex to Coachman Park at 10 a.m. Monday.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The latest phase to bring ballfields to North Greenwood include a practice space at Buccaneers Field with lights and fencing that should be ready for play by the summer.
The Greenwood Panthers went from homeless to an athletic valhalla. The football and cheerleading program was without a field since environmental concerns closed the Philip Jones field a few years ago. The teams played home games at Clearwater Central Catholic, Clearwater High School, Countryside High School and Dunedin High School. A piece of the Panthers' nearly $500,000 home was unveiled at a groundbreaking ceremony for Buccaneers Field that included players Josh Freeman, Gerald McCoy and Clearwater local Leonard Johnson. This week, Kevin Dunbar, parks and recreation director, said the second phase, which includes a practice field, lights, fencing and parking lot improvements, should be ready for the Panthers to play on in just a few …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Clearwater Police and Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services are teaming up to raise money to give gifts to children in the city's North and South Greenwood neighborhoods.
Clearwater Police and Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services are teaming up to raise money and gifts for children living in North and South Greenwood neighborhoods. Holiday Cheer is a fundraising program created to alleviate the impact of the recession to disadvantaged families. New, unwrapped gifts for children and monetary donation will be accepted through Dec. 21. Drop off toys for infants and children up to 12 years old in the lobby at the Clearwater Police station, 645 Pierce St. Tax deductible check donations can be mailed to: Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. 608 N. Garden Ave. Clearwater, FL 33755