Window on Pinellas

Sunset Beach


TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department is co-sponsoring the Sunset Beach Cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon, March 16, as part of the Florida Coastal Cleanup in association with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Inc.

Participants are asked to help the city keep its local beach clean for all to enjoy. Trash bags and plastic gloves will be provided. Comfortable clothing and tennis shoes are recommended.

Sunset Beach is located at 1800 Gulf Road.

For more information or to register, contact the Tarpon Springs Recreation Division at 727-942-5628.

Kayaker meets


A capsized kayaker saved by Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue got the opportunity to meet the individuals that came to his aid last week.

Officials from Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Pinellas County Regional 911 held a press conference March 7 at an Indian Rocks Beach fire station.

According to a Pinellas County press, 65-year-old Michael Bochniarz of Largo was fishing about a half-mile off the Indian Rocks Beach coast when conditions in the Gulf of Mexico became rough ad capsized his kayak, dumping him into turbulent 56-degree waters.

Pinellas County telecommunicator Mackenzie Espinoza answered Bochniarz’s 911 call and kept him from panicking prior to a Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue boat reaching the location within 23 minutes of the call.

Sisters charged with

2015 killing of father

PALM HARBOR – Two sisters in Palm Harbor face first-degree murder charges after it was found they killed their father in 2015.

Mary-Beth Tomaselli, 63, and Linda Roberts, 61, were arrested March 5 for the March 6, 2015 murder of Anthony Tomaselli, 85. The sisters admitted to the charges during their interviews, stating they “faked” finding their father deceased and staged providing him CPR and calling 911 for help.

According to police reports, detectives received a call Feb. 13 of this year about the four-year-old incident. The male caller stated he had a relationship with the sisters and that he had a recording of Roberts confessing to murdering her father in 2015. Further interviews and investigation revealed additional recorded statements from both sisters.

The recordings provided statements from the sisters about euthanizing their father because “he was going to die within a couple months and would not live in an Assisted Living Facility,” according to the report.

Tarpon Greek

Documentary premiere

TARPON SPRINGS – The premiere of the documentary, “Dancing as One: The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs,” will be held at 7 p.m., March 14, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s Spanos/Pappas Community Center, 348 N. Pinellas Ave.

The 50-minute production was created by local videographer Kosta Lekkas and director Eleni Christopher-Lekkas, with the production assistance of the city’s Curator of Arts and Historical Resources, Tina Bucuvalas and public television consultant, Christopher Holmes.

The documentary features several individuals whose lives are intertwined with the local culture, such as sponge fishing, religious customs, music and dance.

The documentary and accompanying panelists will also be featured as the closing film of the Tarpon Arts Film Festival on Sunday, June 30 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center.

Tax assistance

TARPON SPRINGS – Trained volunteers from AARP will be at the Tarpon Springs Public Library to help seniors and low-to-moderate income taxpayers do their taxes at no cost until April 15.

The volunteers will be available from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday.

Assistance in given on a first-come, first-served basis and AARP personnel are not able to accept phone calls.

Florida vegetable


TARPON SPRINGS – A presentation guiding residents how to plant a Florida vegetable garden will be held at the Tarpon Springs Public Library at 6:30 p.m., March 18.

Join UF/IFAS Extension Agent Theresa Badurek to learn the basics of vegetable gardening in Florida’s challenging environment.

Call 727-943-4922 to register.

Genealogy Lunch

and Learn

TARPON SPRINGS – Librarian and genealogy lecturer Denise Manning will explain how a simple DNA test can help residents build their family tree.

Manning will be at the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, March 19, for a Lunch and Learn event sponsored by St. Mark Village. By combining traditional genealogical resources with DNA technology, guests will learn about practical applications to exploration.

Guest will receive a light, catered meal during the event and presentation.

Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $18 for Tarpon Arts members. To purchase tickets or for more information on this event and upcoming performances, go to or call 727-942-5605.

Tarpon Chamber


TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer from 5-6:30 p.m., March 13, at Wine at the Docks, 828 Dodecanese Blvd.

Wine and light appetizers will be served at the event for chamber members to mingle.

For more information on Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce events, call 727-937-6109.

—Suncoast News staff