DUNEDIN - Gabriel D’Auria, 98, passed away on Sept. 19, 2015 at his home in Dunedin, FL where he has lived since 2010.
He previously lived in Poughquag, New York.
Born in New York City on Dec. 27, 1916, he was the son of the late Paul and Anna (Padula) D’Auria. He proudly served our country in the U.S Army during WWII. He had been a diamond merchant in Manhattan until his retirement. Gabriel was a member of the East Fishkill Rotary Club and the Nassau Mounted Guard, both in New York. He also enjoyed horseback riding.
DUNEDIN - Most Dunedin Commissioners agreed to a 10.71 percent increase in the city’s property tax rate for the next fiscal year, expressing the need for improvements in technology and other services.
Commissioners voted 4-1 Sept. 3 to set the tax rate at 4.13 mills, equivalent to $4.13 for every $1,000 of assessed property values. The commission gave final approval to the tax rate and budget Sept. 17.
“We have to get with the program on technology,” said Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski Sept. 3, adding that residents have told her they can pay for some city services online but not others.
DUNEDIN - Two pieces of public art, called the “Sun Sentries,” now greet visitors to the entrance of Douglas Avenue off Skinner Boulevard in Dunedin.
The sculptures, which are illuminated at night, were unveiled during a ceremony Sept. 10 attended by Dunedin Chamber of Commerce representatives, city officials and others who are working to create an art district on Douglas Avenue. The artwork is placed on the east and west ends of the corridor.
Several entities collaborated to provide funding and help launch the project, such as the Dunedin Chamber Cultural and Educational Foundation, the city’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee and Community Redevelopment Agency and the Painter family.
DUNEDIN - A local youth earned the title of Grand World Champion of Champions in her division at what’s considered to be the world’s most prestigious Saddlebred horse show.
Competing in the 13 and under American Saddlebred Country Pleasure Division at the World Championship Horse Show held in Louisville, Kentucky, Aug. 22-29, Brianna Cloutier, 13, won her class unanimously.
Brianna is the daughter of Laura and Roland Cloutier of Dunedin. Laura said her daughter rides and trains in Land O’ Lakes. She traveled almost every month of the year for qualifying shows around the United States to become one of the 24 riders to make it to the world championship level.
The traditions of Halloween have made some significant changes since its arrival in America during the early 1900s from the Irish and Scottish immigrants that arrived and celebrated its origins every Oct. 31.
“All Hallow’s Eve” roots were developed in the beliefs of the Celts more than 2,500 years ago. The Celts were an agrarian society living in mostly northern England whose leaders were known as the Druids. Since the weather for their crops was an important part of their lives, some of the symbols of Halloween evolved from their beliefs such as the autumn moon, animals such as the owl, bat, cat, and the belief in witches and other evil creatures of the night. The Druids would build large bonfires, dress in costumes and build scarecrows to ward off these spirits to protect their crops.
Spending time with your family, interacting in everyday family leisure activities brings a greater bond within your family. Normal core activities consist of low-cost based activities to enjoy at home. Activities such as board games, watching television and playing out in the yard are all things that build cohesion among family members.
Although, newer technological tools (i.e. cell phones, iPads and smart watches) have taken the place of quality family time and blessed us all with “Text Neck,” games like “Heads Up” can be enjoyed by the whole family, and nothing beats the comfort of seeing the smiles on your loved ones faces after a fun-filled, budget-friendly night where everything is planned for you. So, look no further, because the wonderful staff of the city of Dunedin’s Parks & Recreation Department has planned a variety of activities to build the cohesion that has been lost in cyber space.
Halloween has become a holiday of many customs and stories passed down through generations and that has not changed in Dunedin. No matter where you go, everyone is gearing up for a “ghoulish” time.
DUNEDIN - Dan Robison of Walmart Neighborhood Market has been named board chair-elect for the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce. Robison tops a slate of officers announced by incoming board chair Jane Sweeney of M J Fashions and Gifts in a statement released Sept. 1.
Other incoming officers are:
Immediate Past Chairman - Lori Badders, Security Title
DUNEDIN - Dairy Queen announces that a DQ Grill & Chill restaurant will be opening soon at 1688 Main St. This location is the newest Dairy Queen restaurant in a family of more than 6,600 restaurants worldwide.
The 2,000-square-foot DQ Grill & Chill restaurant can seat 47 guests inside, 16 outside and also offers a drive-through window. The Dunedin DQ Grill & Chill restaurant has added 50 new jobs, contributing to Dunedin’s employment growth. The new restaurant also will contribute to the state’s restaurant sales, which, according to the National Restaurant Association, are projected to increase by 4.5 percent this year.
“We are excited to open our second DQ Grill & Chill restaurant in Dunedin and welcome the community in to enjoy our full menu of cravable food items, signature and innovative treats, our new DQ Bakes! menu and Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies and Julius® Original drinks,” said restaurant operator Joe Filippelli, who plans to open two more locations, in a press release.
DUNEDIN - Since the 1980s, downtown Dunedin’s Sea Sea Riders has been a staple on Main Street. Now, after nearly one year of renovations, owners Sylvia and Artie Tzekas are ready to show off the restaurant’s fresh new urban chic look to hungry locals and tourists.
Located just moments from the water in a 1903 Key West-inspired old Florida cracker house boasting a huge wraparound veranda, Sea Sea Riders has been consistent in serving up Southern cuisine and fresh coastal seafood in a relaxed atmosphere for nearly 27 years - but the Tzekas were ready for change and felt the Dunedin dining scene agreed.
“We’ve been an iconic part of Dunedin for a very long time and have seen a lot of changes,” said Sylvia in a press release. “It’s a different place now and the demographics have changed. We needed to update our look to match. The timing just felt right.”