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SEMINOLE - Nearly 40 current and retired Seminole Fire Rescue staff and volunteers, and their friends, family and supporters gathered at Fire Station 32, 9199 113th St., to say goodbye to the building, which will be torn down in November.

The volunteer-built building, which was dedicated in March 1970, will be razed to make way for “state-of-the-art facilities with modern safety features and conveniences,” said Chief Heather Burford. “It’s a welcome and much deserved arrival.”

First, she wanted to give the department and former volunteers and employees one last time to honor the building, which has served the community for nearly 45 years.

“We are here today as a chance for you to say goodbye to this station, which in a little while is going to be torn down for the future,” she told the crowd. “So I thought it would be a nice opportunity to bring you in and give you a chance to see each other and see the building for a final time.”

The group removed the original dedication plaque, which, Burford said, will be cleaned and hung in the new station.
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American love their holidays, and for some Halloween is the most fun one of all.

In fact, the National Retail Federation projects that more than 157 million will celebrate Halloween 2105, spending more than $6.9 billion on decorations, candy, costumes and more.

NRF’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics polled 6,754 consumers Sept. 1-8 to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to Halloween spending.
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Communities throughout Pinellas and beyond are planning a variety of fun activities to celebrate Halloween 2015. The following is a list of events submitted by the public.
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CLEARWATER - Fall in Florida brings cooler temperatures, seasonal residents and a variety of outdoor festivals. For Pinellas, October means jazz.

The 36th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday will run Oct. 15-18, at Coachman Park on the waterfront in downtown Clearwater.

Daily general admission tickets are $15 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Four-day tickets also are available. Reserved seating prices start at $40 a day in advance.
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Crime, Crashes & Fires
PINELLAS PARK - Two males and a female took an undisclosed amount of cash in an armed robbery of a Pinellas Park 7-Eleven Tuesday, Oct. 13.

According to a media release from Pinellas Park police, two males, wearing masks covering their faces and heads, entered the 7-Eleven at 11787 66th St. N. about 3:10 a.m. One of the two males had a black semi-automatic handgun, as they demanded money from the clerk. The female stood as a lookout at the front door.

The clerk gave the gunman the cash register drawer, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash. The three fled the scene in an unknown direction.
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Seminole Beacon
SEMINOLE - Seminole City Council candidates incumbent Chris Burke, Joe Haynes, David Outlaw and Trish Springer faced off during an Oct. 8 debate hosted by the Institute for Strategic Police Solutions at St. Petersburg College Thomas Christy and W. Fred Petty also are running for office but were unable to attend the debate.

A 25-year employee of the Largo Police Department, Burke is currently a sergeant in charge of special events, school resource officers, crossing guards, volunteers in policing and chaplain corps. He’s lived in Seminole since 1979, graduating from Seminole High School, and is also a decorated United States Army and Gulf War veteran.
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Outdoors & Recreation
ST. PETERSBURG - For more than a thousand years, an ancient dugout canoe lay buried under mangrove peat near a shoreline on Old Tampa Bay at Weedon Island Preserve.

Since its discovery in 2001, archaeologists have investigated, excavated, analyzed and conserved the ancient treasure.

The public is invited to view the 1,100-year-old canoe during the grand opening of a new exhibit, Navigating Tampa Bay’s Maritime Past. The grand opening will take place Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center located at 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. A ribbon-cutting ceremony be presented at 10 a.m. and will be followed by presentations and activities designed for the entire family.
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Health News
One of the scariest diagnoses a woman will ever hear is “You’ve got breast cancer.”

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 231,840 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 40,290 will die. Excluding skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics show that one in eight women, about 12 percent, will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
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Community Calender
• Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
Free English lessons
PINELLAS PARK – Free English lessons for adult speakers of other languages are offered Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the parish hall at Sacred Heart Church, 7809 46th Way. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 541-4447.
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A Girlfriend’s Touch Boutique ribbon-cutting
PALM HARBOR – A ribbon-cutting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m., at A Girlfriend’s Touch Boutique, 32728 U.S. 19 N., in the Palm Lake Shopping Center. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
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Breast Cancer Panel Discussion
CLEARWATER - Breast Cancer Panel Discussion Tuesday, Oct. 13, noon, at Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart & Vascular Pavilion, 400 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

Medical, surgical and radiation oncologists will discuss the latest news and treatments for breast cancer followed by a Q&A session.

Panelists include Peter Blumencranz, M.D., surgical oncology; Vijaya Gadiyaram, M.D., hematology/oncology; Michael Portillo, M.D., diagnostic radiology; and Taghrid Altoos, M.D., radiation oncology.

To preregister for a health seminar, call 953-6877, or visit  
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Ministerial Association discussion
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Ministerial Association will host a discussion among the service provider organizations and churches in the Tarpon Springs community Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m., at St. Nicholas Greek Cathedral’s Father Tryfon Community Center, 36 N. Pinellas Ave.

The Ministerial Association is an organization of pastors and clergy in Tarpon Springs. The meeting will provide an opportunity for everyone in the community to hear what each organization is now doing and what their future plans are and to share their mission and passion toward the city of Tarpon Springs.

The hope is that all will work together to better help those in need in our community. All churches and service provider organizations are expected to attend. The organizations will bring informational and descriptive materials to share with participants. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Ron Haddad at or 727-804-8332.
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Pasta and dancing
CLEARWATER – The Italian club of Greater Clearwater will host pasta dinners each Tuesday, monthly, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at 200 S. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Dancing also will be held on some Saturdays. For information, call 791-8698.  
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Pinellas Technical College open houses
The Clearwater and St. Petersburg campuses of Pinellas Technical College will host open houses in preparation for the start of a new school term.

The open house on the Clearwater campus will be Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 6100 154th Ave. N., Clearwater.

The open house on the St. Petersburg campus will be Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 901 34th St., St. Petersburg.

High school seniors and the community can visit the campus and learn about the variety of career technical training opportunities available at Pinellas Technical College.

The college is a prime resource for individuals looking for a career change, an opportunity to enhance and update their current career skills or for people who are entering the job market and need technical credentials.

At the open houses, Pinellas Technical College staff members will assist potential students in choosing a career path before courses begin on Oct. 20.

Information regarding the availability of financial aid for those who meet the eligibility criteria will also be shared. There will be refreshments and door prizes.

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Prenatal nutrition class
ST. PETERSBURG – A prenatal nutrition class meets second Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., at St. Petersburg General Hospital, 6500 38th Ave. N.

The class is free and open to the public. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the labor and delivery and post-partum units.

In a relaxed environment, the class gives practical tips on how to keep fit and healthy with good, nutrient-rich foods. The presenter will discuss ideal eating patterns, answer participants’ questions and explore the science behind which foods best benefit mom and baby.

Covering subjects like protein, antioxidants, exercise, allergies and organic diets, the material is perfect for all moms-to-be – from first-timers to those who want a refresher course on the fundamentals of prenatal nutrition.

Attendees also receive a free cookbook with staff members’ recipes.

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Safe boating class
ST. PETE BEACH – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 12-week continuous cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings Tuesdays, 7 p.m., in the Warren Webster Building, at 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.

Attendees can start at their convenience. New participants should arrive for their first class at 6:30 p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of program topics.

The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship 14th edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program, which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks. Cost is $60 for couples sharing the materials.

For information, call Jim at 360-4846, Warren at 321-7801 or Phil at 865-2226.
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Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting
SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.  This personal development program helps individuals become confident speakers in a self-paced, fun atmosphere. Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit for more information.
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Staying Balanced Inside & Out
LARGO – The Fall Prevention Coalition of Better Living for Seniors will host a free program, Staying Balanced Inside & Out, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road.

Staying Balanced Inside & Out is an educational event with exhibits, balance demonstrations, expert speaker panels and prize drawings totaling more than $3,000 in fall prevention products, equipment and services. “Our goal is to empower seniors and their caregivers in finding answers before the problems arise,

eliminating the crisis from hitting and causing irreversible damage,” said Christine Hamacher in a press release. Hamacher is event coordinator and chair of the coalition. “Falls can be devastating and the fear of them is paralyzing for many. Through education and trusted resources, we are showing people how to reclaim their independence and freedom and live life to the fullest despite limitations.”

The speaker panel at 11 a.m. will highlight key factors in evaluating and minimizing fall risk. This event will include refreshments from local independent living facilities. Prizes will be awarded after the speaker panel and winners will be able to select their prize if they are present.

The venue is handicap-accessible. For information, call 518-3131.
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