LARGO - A group of 10 Largo firefighters and police officers underwent an unexpected type of training last week: hoagie-building boot camp.
The team at the new Wawa at 8910 Ulmerton Road showed the city’s finest and bravest how to build their signature sandwiches for a contest to celebrate the opening of the store and gas station Feb. 27.
The resulting competition involved many handfuls of airborne lettuce and tomatoes, flung between the opposing teams as they battled to build 30 hoagies faster than the other. The team of five firefighters claimed the winning trophy, but Wawa donated $1,000 on behalf of both teams for their participation. The police officers named Suncoast Hospice as their charity of choice while the firefighters donated their winnings to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
LARGO - Nate Freeman, president of Network People, was recently recognized as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, after successfully completing an exam in Washington, D.C. and mastering key criteria in the field of information security.
The CISSP certification sets the industry’s gold standard and is globally recognized expertise in the field of information security including architecture, design, management and controls that assure the security of business environments. In addition to passing the six-hour exam, certification requires at least five years of direct experience in the security field.
Freeman exceeds that requirement, having owned and operated Network People since 1996.
LARGO - A 63-year-old woman died in a two-vehicle crash Feb. 27. Her husband was airlifted to the hospital in serious condition, according to Largo police.
Police responded to the scene of the crash, at the intersection of 66th Street and 142nd Avenue North at 5:05 p.m. According to the investigation, a 2003 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by Evan Moyer, 49, of Largo was traveling west on 142nd Avenue. A 1998 Mazda four-door sedan, driven by William Frazier Jr., 65, of Clearwater, was traveling east on the same road. Frazier turned left onto 66th Street in front of the truck and was hit on the passenger side of the Mazda.
LARGO - A Largo man died at a local hospital after he was hit by a truck about 10:57 p.m. Feb. 27 on Seminole Boulevard.
According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Royce W. Mosley, 74, was attempting to cross Seminole Boulevard outside of the painted crosswalk and stepped in front of a 2002 Nissan Frontier driven by Simon Preciado, 50, of St. Pete Beach.
Preciado was traveling northbound on Seminole Boulevard in the center lane south of Walsingham Road.
LARGO - Largo police arrested William Sargent Coffin III Feb. 25 and charged him with first degree murder in the death of 50-year-old Patricia Canon King.
Described as a permanent transient, Coffin met King not long before police found her body at Feb. 6, in her home on 10th Ave. NW., said Largo Police Department spokesman Lt. Paul Amodeo. The day before, she had invited Coffin over after they struck up a conversation near her home.
LARGO - The new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Largo, scheduled to open this spring, is moving closer to completion as associates now begin stocking shelves in preparation for its grand opening.
The approximately 42,000-square-foot store, at 9020 Ulmerton Road, will include a full line of groceries and a small assortment of general merchandise.
“With major construction complete, we’re in the home stretch for our grand opening,” said store manager Shane Dellus. “We’re proud of our new store and look forward to welcoming members of the community to come visit us.”
LARGO - The Largo Police Department will be hosting its 20th Volunteer in Policing, or VIP, Academy starting Thursday, March 13.
The department currently benefits from 50 volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time to help the community. Volunteers perform many different tasks, from helping out with administrative paperwork, to writing parking enforcement citations and directing traffic at crash scenes.
Those interested in becoming a Largo Police Department volunteer or wishing for more information can contact volunteer coordinator Dick Hageman at 587-6739.
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road, Palm Harbor. No auditions are necessary. For more information, call Anita at 939-2952.
Cooking with fresh herbs
ST. PETERSBURG – The Garden Club of St. Petersburg offers Cooking with fresh herbs Tuesday, March 11, 1 p.m., at the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive S.
Speaker Dennis Gretton of D&D Growers will discuss the subject. There will be a silent plant auction. The public is welcome to attend. For information about any of the programs, call 381-8920 or visit www.gardenclubstpetersburg.org.
Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd.
On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations.
Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
Learn how to Mod Podge at the Crafter Dark LARGO – Learn how to Mod Podge at the Crafter Dark at Largo Public Library Tuesday, March 11, 6 p.m., at 120 Central Park Drive
The library has several books detailing the many ways Mod Podge can be used. Join the free program to discover more about this incredibly versatile medium. The Crafter Dark event will teach participants how to melt Mod Podge to make charms to accent a necklace or bracelet.
The Largo Public Library is at 120 Central Park Drive. For more information, call 587-6715.
Monthly educational series on hemp and cannabis
Witch’s Brew plans series on cannabis
PALM HARBOR – The Witch’s Brew Café/Pub will host a monthly educational series on the subject of hemp and cannabis beginning Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.
The eight-month series will be presented second and fourth Tuesdays. It will run through October. Each month will highlight a certain facet of the issue, with topics such as marijuana as medicine, economics of the “cannabusiness industry, politics of getting it legalized, spiritual/recreational/creative uses, current and future laws and the opportunities with hemp.
Each gathering will showcase a documentary or talk show on the subject to be followed with discussion. One of the presentations each month will be a screening of an episode of “The Captain Cannabis Show,” an Internet talk radio show dedicated to the hemp and cannabis industry in Florida.
The Witch’s Brew is at 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor.
Red Hatters annual Red Hat Tea Party LARGO – Hundreds of purple blouses and red hats are set to gather at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, for the annual Red Hat Tea Party Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Red Hatters will enjoy live music, dancing, door prizes, contests, vendor shopping and a lunch freshly prepared by the Largo Community Center. Mingle with other chapters, make new friends and wear your best red hat as the group plans to take lots of pictures to commemorate this ever-growing springtime event.
Cost for one day of the event is $10 per person. Spaces are limited; preregistration is required by Friday, March 7.
Purchase tickets by calling 587-6740, ext. 5004 or visiting the Largo Community Center.
Support group for addicted teens meeting
LARGO – Take a Hand, a new support group for parents and caregivers of teenagers suffering from substance abuse and behavioral issues will meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in portable 1A of Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road.
The first meeting will be Tuesday, March 4.
The group, started with the support of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, will invite guest speakers to offer advice and support to those caring for addicted teenagers, including information about the judicial system, residential treatment and more. The meetings are designed to be a safe place for parents, relatives and friends.
Boy Scouts Troop 10 meeting
DUNEDIN – Boy Scouts Troop 10 meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., between September through June at 927 Louden Ave.
Call Peggy Ross at 641-5074.
Chess Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chess Club meets Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.
Everyone is welcome, though they should know the basics of how to play. Chess sets will be provided and there is no charge to play.
Call Alan Bohrer at 748-2522 for more information.
Free seminar on ageism in hiring
ST. PETERSBURG – Steven Watson, owner of St. Petersburg Resume Services, will offer a free seminar for older workers having difficulty finding work in today’s job market on Wednesday, March 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the conference room at Cross Point Plaza, 3530 First Ave. N.
Major topics will include the need to address negative stereotypes that many employers hold toward older workers and crafting a résumé that reduces the impact of age issues.
This seminar will provide valuable information on several critical topics, such as:
• Identifying ways to reduce the impact of age issues on your résumé and other career materials
• Working harder to find a new job, but also working smart to maximize your efforts
• Taking advantage of positive attributes given to older workers, while addressing negative stereotypes
• Utilizing former/current colleagues, networking contacts, and even friends/family members to attract leads.
Registration is required. To register and for information, call 954-5364 or email email@example.com. When emailing, include name, contact phone number and indicate which session is preferred.