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LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a crane accident at 9142 Dream Way in unincorporated Largo about 11:35 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19.

According to the sheriff’s report, no one was injured, but a home and four vehicles sustained damage.

Deputies said Danny Tomas of Sustainable Tree Service was using a heavy-duty crane to remove a tree, which was damaged during a storm earlier in the week, on the property of Melinda Jenkins, 50, at 9115 Dream Way. When the crane began to tip over, Tomas was able to jump off and avoid injury.
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Largo Municipal Election
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LARGO - The difference between the candidates for Largo’s Seat 1 comes down to the intensity of their priorities.

For political newcomer Bronson Oudshoff, 36, who works as a clinical research coordinator, the limited role of government should stay focused on beefing up the police and fire departments.

“If everything’s a priority, then you don’t really have a priority,” he said.
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LARGO - Along with electing city leaders, Largo voters will be asked to decide on eight charter amendments this election season.

The changes to the charter were born out of a now-regular process involving a citizen charter review committee. Seven members and three alternates were appointed to review the charter beginning April 2013 and suggest changes to the Largo Commission.

Many of the recommended changes would update the city’s governing document to reflect current practices or clarify confusing language. Some clerical errors were corrected.
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LARGO - The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce invited all six candidates for Largo Commission to a lunch forum at the Royal Palms retirement community Oct. 7.

During the forum, chamber President Tom Morrissette posed two questions to each candidate on economic development and Greenlight Pinellas. Two additional questions were tailored to the candidates for each seat. For each question, the Largo Leader has highlighted the key points of each response.
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LARGO - Harriet Crozier says that her combined 20 years of experience as Largo commissioner and her record in helping to develop the city are excellent reasons for her to stay in office.

But for challenger Donna Holck, countering “career politicians” is one of the pillars of her campaign.

“Whether it’s big government or small government, once you are in for a long term you become complacent, you don’t always research all the facts,” Holck said. “I would have to really put effort into searching and looking at the different aspects of whatever the situation is that’s at hand.”
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LARGO - The candidates for Largo’s Seat 2 both said their campaigns began at a eureka moment - a sudden realization that they were qualified and capable of becoming a Largo commissioner, backed by a desire to make a difference in their community.

For Daniel Ruffner, a longtime Largo resident with a 30-year career in banking and finance, the moment came at a Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce debate last year. Ruffner, 47, acted as the timer for the debate and as he listened to the candidates, realized that their qualifications did not far exceed his own.
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Sunday, October 19
LARGO - Hope Church, 7100 142nd Ave. hosted a launch event Oct. 12, celebrating its new leadership.

According to the church’s website, Pastor Rick Evans has been in full-time ministry since age 22.

Those years include national and international experience, 15 years of experience as a consultant to many churches and organizations, as well as his association with some of the largest ministries in modern times, including Billy Graham, Promise Keepers, The Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie, the Dennis Agajanian Band, The Imperials, and more than 10 years as a featured member of The Franklin Graham Crusade team.
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Friday, October 17
LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Largo man Oct. 17 after the child he was caring for left the house while he was playing video games.

The 6-year-old girl was found with her dog about 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at 125th Street North and 134th Avenue North in Rainbow Village.

Deputies arrested Francisco Romero, 23, and charged him with child neglect without bodily harm.
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Wednesday, October 15
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LARGO - About 2,000 people attended the Largo Fire Rescue’s annual Open House and Chili Cook-Off at Fire Station 41 Oct. 11.

Teams from the city of Largo competed for several titles during the event, the first chili cook-off Fire Rescue has hosted in three years. The event was organized to benefit the Children’s Burn Foundation of Florida.

Fire Rescue operational secretary Julie Barlet, who helped organize the event, said the crowds enjoyed the several fire rescue and police demonstrations the event offered, along with the chili. Residents also were able to visit a Bayflite helicopter and Largo engines and tour the station.
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• Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
Democratic women meeting
SAFETY HARBOR – Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas will meet Monday, Oct. 20 with the president of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Dr. Maureen McKenna.

The luncheon is 11 a.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 102 Second St. N., with the meeting beginning at 11:45 a.m. Lunch costs $5.
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Lowe’s blood drive
Select Tampa Bay area Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouses will host the Lowe’s Lifesaver Blood Drive to help build the community’s blood supply Monday, Oct. 20, noon to 6 p.m.

Donors can share their power to save lives and enjoy a $10 Lowe’s gift card. The blood drive will be offered at 11101 Ulmerton Road in Largo and 7301 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park.

Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome. For information, visit oneblood.org or call 888-936-6283.

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.
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Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.   Guests are welcome.  

The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.   Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email jmartin2040@tampabay.rr.com.
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• Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Fundraiser
CLEARWATER – The public is invited to the Island Estates Woman’s Club annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Fundraiser, Pink is Beautiful. Proceeds benefit the Pinellas Mammography Voucher Program for local women who cannot afford mammograms.

The event is set for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Island Way Grill, 20 Island Way. Cost is $22 with a choice of fillet mignon, chicken Rockefeller or fresh catch.

For reservations, call Barbara Blakley at 449-8453. There will be raffles, a silent auction, a 50/50 cash drawing, pink ribbon gift tree, and more.
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Bridge of Blood
CLEARWATER – Clearwater Christian College will present “Bridge of Blood,” by David H. Robey, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., on the school’s campus at 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd.

This will be a reader's theater presentation of the life of missionary-martyr Jim Elliot who, along with Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian, paid the ultimate price to reach a tribe deep in the jungles of Equador with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students, military and alumni. For tickets, call 726-1153, ext. 268.
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Genealogy course
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Library will present a genealogy course for beginners and intermediate level beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16 through Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The six-week series will teach a wealth of search tools including how to get started working with forms, software, census records, plus how to search by name and locale.

Registration is required. There is a non-refundable materials charge of $20.

For details, email, suncoastpresident@gmail.com.
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Herbal Rituals
CLEARWATER – The Florida Herb Society will present Herbal Rituals on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane.

Kim from Enchanted Earth in Dunedin will be bringing a guest to speak about using herbs in ritual. Come and learn about the ancient traditions of smudging and blessings using herbs and intentions. Attendees are welcome to bring cuttings, seeds and plants to share, and partake at a tasting table.

For information, call 542-6401.
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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.
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MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.  

The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.

To help, contact Karena Morrison at 518-4659.
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READ Pinellas community meeting
CLEARWATER – READ Pinellas Inc. is holding a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m., at Pinellas Technical College Clearwater Campus, 6100 154th Ave. N. in the GED testing center, building 16.

More than 80,000 adults in Pinellas County lack basic reading skills, and the meeting is a chance to learn about adult literacy resources in the community and how to make a difference.  

Call Patti at 393-5447.
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