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LARGO - When Armed Forces History Museum founder John Piazza Sr. died Oct. 3, it appears any hope for the future of the museum may have died with him.

The museum’s assistant executive director, Cindy Dion, announced Nov. 30 the museum would be closing its doors Jan. 29.
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LARGO - Legislation allowing greater access to medical marijuana is forcing municipalities throughout Tampa Bay to consider new rules on how to regulate it. Largo is no exception as it’s on its way to establishing a 180-day moratorium on new dispensing facilities until land-use regulations can be developed.

“Our main finding here is that it’s a different type of land use,” Community Development Director Carol Stricklin said Nov. 22 during a City Commission work session. “It’s a new and unique type of land use.”
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LARGO - In a span of just a few weeks, Allan and Ashley Fernandez’s lives have taken on a whole new look.

The owners of Out of the Pot catering were married Nov. 15, took off for their honeymoon this past week and will be coming home to Largo on Dec. 2 to a new baby.

This baby, however, doesn’t cry, coo or require diapers. It will, though, require hours of tireless work and lots of love. It’s called The Raven, a new gastropub and brewery the Fernandezes and Barley Mow Brewing Co. owners Jay and Colleen Dingman have teamed up to open in the heart of Largo.
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LARGO - One doctor’s good deed during World War II made a difference in one mother’s life and the lives of many yet to come.

Sol Pitchon, president and CEO of the Ministries of New Life Solutions, told the story of his mother and his passion for helping women and families Nov. 23 during a Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas for members in all clubs of Florida Kiwanis Division 12.

Thirty members and guests of Kiwanis Clubs of Dunedin, Greater West Pasco, Largo/Mid-Pinellas, Safety Harbor, Springtime City (Clearwater) and Top of the Bay (Oldsmar) participated in prayers of Thanksgiving, and heard Pitchon tell the story of his then-teenage mother, who was taken by the Nazis, was sent to work in concentration camps and underwent medical experiments by Nazi doctors.
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LARGO - Largo is joining the popular online Freecycle Network, which has millions of users across the globe trading gently used items for free in their communities, by holding a Freecycle “Stuff the Bag” event Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive.

“Freecycle events not only help keep our landfills empty but they give us a chance to support those less fortunate with clothing, gifts and school supplies during the holidays,” said Laura Thomas, sustainability coordinator for the city.
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LARGO - Residents of Largo recently poured into the Starkey Road Recycling Center for the city’s fifth year of Shredfest, a free document shredding and recycling event. The event had over 1,200 attendees in just less than three hours, servicing an average of six residents per minute.

Residents were able to attend the drive-thru event and have the city's Solid Waste employees securely handle documents, ensuring their safe and secure destruction. After shredding the documents, they were taken in secure vehicles to a recycling facility in order to break them down and begin the recycling process.
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LARGO - The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys recently recognized the exceptional performance of Florida family law attorney Jarica B. Cairns as 2016 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction.

AIOFLA is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 family law attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA’s annual list was created as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.
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Wednesday, November 23
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LARGO - After years of planning and development, the city of Largo and other government agency partners are ready to break ground on Fire Station No. 43 at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at 2765 Bayway Ave. in Belleair Bluffs.

This groundbreaking event will not only signify the beginning of construction, but also will commemorate the partnership between Largo, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair and Pinellas County.

“We’re so excited to begin seeing this new fire station go from concept to reality and greatly appreciate the collaboration of our partnering agencies that is making it all possible,” Largo Fire Rescue Chief Shelby Willis said.
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LARGO - As Small Business Saturday approaches Nov. 26, what could be more appropriate than celebrating local entrepreneurs who are the lifeblood of the economy and community? So after nearly a month of voting, four businesses can now call themselves the Best of Largo.

Largo Feed & Garden Supply Inc., Gulf Coast Po’ Boys, Villa Blanca Nails and Estate Sales by Susan are the winners of the contest hosted by the Largo Leader, which partnered with the city of Largo in its month-long promotion of businesses during Small Business Month. The four winners will be featured in a December issue of the Largo Leader.
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Thursday, November 17
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LARGO - Dan Borba of the Dunedin Kiwanis Club was the featured speaker at the monthly dinner meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas this past week at the Tri-City Applebee’s in Largo.

Borba is the Division 12 Representative to the Florida District Foundation, to which Florida Kiwanians donate annually. The foundation uses the funds to support high school Key Clubs in Florida, as well as providing matching grants to Kiwanis clubs for projects in the club’s community. The Largo/Mid-Pinellas club used one of those matching grants to purchase a police dog for the Largo Police Department, and K-9 Murphy is now serving with distinction.
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LARGO - A week that should’ve been celebratory turned out to be a trying one for Largo City Commissioner Curtis Holmes.

Holmes has fielded a mixture of congratulations and condolences after his mother died just a day before he learned the final results confirming his re-election.
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