LARGO - Zack Everhart, who placed fourth in the eleventh season of the Fox competition show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” returned to a bit of his roots June 24, teaching classes in the dance studio where his mother grew up.
The professional dancer spent the day teaching choreography and techniques to the members of the Tutterow Dance Academy at the Largo Community Center. But he said he also hoped to instill in the dancers the sense that they too can make a living doing what they love.
“My mom grew up here doing exactly what they’re doing. Then she went and opened up a studio in Georgia. I was born, raised in that studio. And here I am,” he said. “It comes full circle. This is really cool for me.”
LARGO - The city of Largo’s mixed recycling campaign earned the 2015 Solid Waste Association of North America’s Gold Excellence Award in the awareness campaign category.
The Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste operational programs, diversion programs and outreach campaigns across North America.
“The success of the city of Largo’s mixed recycling program can be attributed to effective operational planning and a strategic awareness campaign,” said Marissa Segundo, Largo’s recycling coordinator. “Residents responded positively to the program with 92 percent recycling participation in the first year.”
LARGO - One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning’s Wayne Reynolds, who independently owns and operates the company based in Largo, was awarded the President’s Award by Direct Energy Services.
One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is part of the Direct Energy family of brands. The President’s Award is the company’s top honor. To achieve this distinction, businesses must have a superior customer service score and show significant growth and success.
LARGO - The Barley Mow Brewing Company recently finished the first phase of a new production facility in Largo, allowing it to make 3,000 barrels of beer a year shipped to 150 breweries across the state - from Jacksonville to the Keys.
But that’s just the beginning. Next week, the brewery will start canning its beer, to be sold as six-packs at the Barley Mow tavern, at 518 W. Bay Drive. By the end of August, owner Jay Dingman hopes the cans will be fully vetted and ready to be sold in grocery stores across the state.
LARGO - The Largo Public Library currently is accepting donations, sponsorships and vendors for the second annual Book Maniacs’ Mini-Golf event Saturday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 120 Central Park Drive.
The event will feature the Family Fairway Course, an 18-hole family putt-putt course spread throughout the library, or for little ones, the Toddler Tee-Off Course, a nine-hole toddler course in the Children’s Program Room. Visitors will be invited to play or putter around the vendor shopping area and grab a snack.
LARGO - The city of Largo is ready to design enhancements to encourage pedestrians to come off the Pinellas Trail and explore Largo’s downtown district.
Right now, those biking, running or walking the Pinellas Trail overpass might not even know that they’re crossing over West Bay Drive, passing through an area that the city is working to develop into a thriving downtown. Creating a “more welcome thoroughfare” will invite in the “thousands of people every week that ride past Largo and don’t stop and pause,” Mayor Woody Brown said June 9.
LARGO - A legal firm experienced in the development of special assessments will begin studying how a fire fee could work in the city of Largo, as an effort to raise extra funds for more firefighters and, indirectly, police officers.
Largo commissioners voted 5-1 June 16 to hire Bryant Miller Olive to prepare the study at a cost of $120,000. Commissioner Michael Smith was the sole vote against the measure; Commissioner Jamie Robinson was absent.
The fire fee potentially could supplant general fund revenue by raising funds specifically to fund fire protection services. The fee, legally, is different from a tax, City Attorney Alan Zimmet explained during the commission meeting. But commissioners were not shy in agreeing with the public comments that called the special assessment a tax.
LARGO - The Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas presented two $1,000 scholarships to Largo High School graduates of the Key Club, a Kiwanis-sponsored youth organization.
Key Club president Amy Ngo and treasurer Jennifer Cardon were recipients of the scholarships, presented to them at the high school May 28. Both will attend University of Central Florida this fall.
Key Club members pay nominal dues, hold regular meetings, plan, organize and carry out their own service projects throughout the school year, guided by an advisor from the sponsoring Kiwanis Club and a school faculty advisor.