DUNEDIN - Staff. Sgt. Merton Crisman was one of seven Dunedin soldiers who didn’t return home alive during World War II. Mayor William Titus served two terms as mayor of Dunedin during the war and was fined for “abnormal behavior” on election night. Elaine Claire Smith Houghton joined the Army without telling her parents.
Here are some snippets and anecdotes of their lives as told by re-enactors at the History Comes Alive event March 7 at the Dunedin Cemetery.
William Matthews, a re-enactor, who lives in Old Town, gave details of Merton Crisman’s military service. The re-enactors mostly spoke in the first person to identify themselves as the individuals they portrayed.
Pinellas County, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation, is conducting a Project Development and Environment Study to evaluate the rehabilitation or replacement of the existing Dunedin Causeway bridges.
An open house is scheduled on Tuesday, March 31, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin to provide an opportunity for community input during the early stages of the project development process.
DUNEDIN - Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski hopes to raise interest in expanding transit to the Dunedin area.
She said at the commission meeting March 5 that Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s legislative agenda for this year for federal and state funding includes pursuing regional projects, such as a bus rapid transit line along Central Avenue where significant redevelopment is under way.
PALM HARBOR - Dunedin Inner Wheel Club members enjoyed a “soup-er” soup and salad Foundation Awareness Month dinner Feb. 19 at the home of Melba Rilott of Palm Harbor.
Each member contributed a monetary amount toward their Rose Council level. Three tables had the Candle of Friendship burning. Special guests were Gill Broadway, chairman of the IWUSA Foundation and Betty Tucker, national vice president of IWUSA, both from Haines City.
DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Lodge 192, Free & Accepted Masons, presented the B.J. Sammon Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps award for 2015 of $1,000, but this year there was a tie for the scholarship so it was split between Cadet Brennan Bradshaw and Cadet Lawrence Judd. Each will receive $500.
This award is given each year by the lodge as a scholarship to a JROTC cadet who showed the greatest commitment to their community as exhibited by the number of volunteer hours they worked.
The lodge started this support to JROTC cadets in 2008 by Worship Master B.J. Sammon, for whom this scholarship was later named after his passing. Sammon was an active Masonic brother, a past Lodge Worshipful Master, and a veteran who continually supported the community and fellow service members. In all, the lodge has awarded about $7,000 to seven previous Cadets.
DUNEDIN - The city of Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor Friday Night Films in the Park every Friday night in April. The park is located at Main Street and Douglas Avenue and the films begin at dark and are free.
Concessions will be provided by Holy Cow Concessions.
DUNEDIN - City commissioners gave Dunedin City Manager Rob DiSpirito a 3 percent pay raise March 19, saying he is doing a good job.
During a discussion on his annual evaluation, Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski and some commissioners praised DiSpirito for being accessible, keeping them informed, following up promptly on their requests for information and being creative.
“I just want to make it clear for anybody that is watching, from what I heard and what I see on my document, I don’t think there are any severe issues of concern. I think we are all very happy with Rob,” Bujalski said.
DUNEDIN - City commissioners will meet in a planning session Monday, March 2, with a facilitator to determine goals and establish priorities for the next year.
The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Achieva's Center Courte, 1659 Virginia St. in Dunedin.
Dunedin Commissioners voted 5-0 Feb. 19 to hire Florida Institute of Government at the University of South Florida to be the facilitator at Achieva Credit Union’s office in Dunedin. The firm’s base fee is $2,900.