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DUNEDIN - Strengthening relationships. The idea of replicating an indoor-outdoor market. People who can pronounce “Dunedin.” Community leaders who traveled to Toronto during the last weekend in June believe they brought home some sweet ideas and observations.

Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski and other city officials joined the chamber’s ambassadorial trip, which included mingling with Toronto officials, Blue Jays representatives, Taoist Tai Chi Society executives and city residents.

Ward Bujalski met with Blue Jays Vice President of Business Operations Matthew Shuber and Mayor John Tory. She said Tory was amenable to an invitation to attending a spring training game in Dunedin in 2016. The two cities also may explore a sister-city relationship.
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DUNEDIN - Stroll or bike down the Pinellas Trail in Dunedin on a Saturday morning and you may run into Brooke Woodside’s lemonade stand.

Taking advantage of her backyard’s position next to the trail, Woodside, age 10, has been raising money for various charitable causes with her siblings and neighbor since last year.

Her neighbor Aiden Robinson, also 10, acts as her business partner. While Woodside pours drinks and collects money from customers, Robinson roller-skates up and down the trail with signs to advertise the stand. The duo even uses walkie-talkies to communicate.
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DUNEDIN - Four Dunedin residents were recognized by the city commission July 9 for their five years of volunteer service on city committees.

Sharon Williams has served on the Committee on Aging since 2009, during which time she served two years as chairman. Williams spearheaded an effort in 2013 that resulted in the city receiving a national award as “Best Intergenerational Community.” She also serves on the board of the Dunedin Council of Organizations. Williams is a chartered retirement planning counselor and financial adviser affiliated with Lincoln Financial Advisors.

William M. Gray serves as a trustee on the board of the Dunedin Firefighters’ Pension Trust Fund. The former vice president of investments with Bankers Insurance Group in St. Petersburg, Gray is currently managing director of Suncoast Wealth Advisors.
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August 14, 1945, is an important date in American and Dunedin history. It is on that day the Japanese officially surrendered to the allies to end World War II. Just like the rest of America and the world, residents of Dunedin stepped out of their homes and paraded through the streets going downtown banging pans, blowing horns, waving flags and holding local victory newspapers up in the air.

Dunedin sent more than 300 men and women to serve in the military during the war, some of them not to return. That was 5 percent of Dunedin’s population who left to follow the call of duty for their country. Meanwhile, family members and friends back home did their part for the war effort. Dunedin may have been a small community, but its contribution to the war effort was great in many ways, including rationing of food, rubber, silk, aluminum and gas, and individuals patrolling the waterfront watching for enemy ships and aircraft.
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Soon school will be back in session. Laid back, relaxing summer days spent with friends swimming, playing ball, or just hanging out will be replaced with students working hard at their academics. After school activities such as organized sports, music lessons, clubs, homework and chores often complete a student’s day. While education and extracurricular activities are undoubtedly essential to the development and growth of a child, the power of play should not be diminished.

Did you know that research shows the presence of play not only provides health benefits but also contributes to the development of a child as a whole? Play can reduce stress by encouraging a child to take time out of a busy schedule and enjoy the present moment. Play also encourages an active lifestyle, which supports healthful living and decreases chances for diseases such as childhood obesity and diabetes. Most significantly, play can be a powerful form of learning that provides children the opportunity for physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth. In my opinion, one of the best examples of the power of play can be found at the Dunedin Parks & Recreation Before and After School Programs.

Held at Dunedin, Garrison-Jones and San Jose Elementary schools, these licensed programs for students in prekindergarten through fifth grade provide a safe, structured recreational environment that celebrates play everyday. Children’s physical development is strengthened during a game of backwards kickball or Frisbee baseball. Fine motor skills are honed during art projects using scissors, crayons or a paintbrush. Art as well as music and drama provide excellent opportunities to stimulate a child’s sense of individuality and creativity. During games of four square, charades or freeze dance, children develop both emotionally and socially. Not only are they creating lasting bonds and friendships, they also learn such skills as cooperation, sharing and compassion for others. Through play, children also learn to communicate and problem solve by expressing themselves and learning to accept others. The best part is that the children are having fun and don’t even know they’re learning!
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Thursday, July 23
DUNEDIN - A bowling tournament held by the Dunedin Blue Jays raised nearly $6,600 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, the team says.

Some 115 bowlers participated in the July 11 contest at Dunedin Lanes. Achieva sponsored the competition.

Jays catcher Jorge Saez and pitcher Matt Smoral, along with other players such as Toronto Blue Jays third-ranked prospect Jeff Hoffman, sold raffle tickets, and items signed by Dunedin Blue Jays players were auctioned.
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DUNEDIN - Employee Leasing Strategies, a PEO provider based in Dunedin, is well known for its charitable contributions in the community.

Employee Leasing Strategies’ third annual fundraising event benefitting The Arc Tampa Bay will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Arc Tampa Bay, formerly known as UPARC, provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping each participant reach their fullest potential.

To promote the upcoming fundraiser, ELS has partnered with Clear Sky Café on Clearwater Beach and Clear Sky Draught Haus in Dunedin to launch a social media campaign revolving around ‘coaster selfies.’
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Tuesday, July 14
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DUNEDIN - Dunedin city commissioners will delve into downtown parking issues again at their Thursday, Sept. 17, meeting.

Some commissioners questioned at their July 9 meeting whether the discussion on parking could be held before then, but staff members said they would be hard-pressed to provide commissioners with the information they are seeking until then.

Of concern, too, was that some city officials will be on vacation in ensuing weeks, and they also will be discussing their proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1
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Wednesday, July 8
DUNEDIN - An update on the Dunedin Causeway Bridges Project Development and Environment Study is on the City Commission’s agenda Thursday, July 9.

County officials, in coordination with the Florida Department of Transportation, are conducting the study to evaluate the rehabilitation or replacement of the two existing Dunedin Causeway Bridges.

The county’s consultant, AECOM, conducted a technical staff review meeting June 8 and then presented the preliminary alternatives recommended for further study to the Dunedin Causeway Bridge Ad Hoc Advisory Committee June 16. The committee is in agreement with the alternative screening presented at this stage of the study process.
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Monday, July 6
DUNEDIN - It wasn’t easy, but persistence paid off in the efforts to bring a Landing Vehicle Tracked to Dunedin

During the dedication ceremony for the LVT July 3, City Commissioner John Tornga said he and others of a preservation group spent three years looking for an LVT to bring back to Dunedin, where the first 200 of the vehicles were built.

“We looked in the U.S., we looked in Canada, in Australia. We looked in Europe. We looked in Tarawa. We looked in Guadalcanal. We looked in a lot of different islands,” he said. “We looked everywhere.”
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