LARGO - As of this week, Largo’s tree count is set to increase by 1,700 trees.
Aspiring Eagle Scout Orion Leavy, 15, of St. Petersburg and Mildred Helms Elementary graduate Riley Browne, 11, of Largo have taken on separate projects with similar missions: planting hundreds of trees to beautify and add more green to Largo’s landscape.
Orion’s objective is to organize enough volunteers to plant 700 trees at Largo Central Park Nature Preserve in one day, on Saturday, July 19. If there’s enough manpower, he’ll add the shell path city officials have envisioned through the area populated by the new trees.
LARGO - Largo police and the city’s park supervisor say that Bayhead Action Park is safe, despite a Sunday night shooting that injured a 17-year-old.
Police responded to a call about a shooting just after 7:30 p.m. July 20 and had identified a suspect by Monday night. According to a media release, police are looking for Rion L. Schofield, 23, wanted in connection with the attempted homicide at the park, 375 Seminole Blvd. Schofield is a black male, about 5 foot 5 inches tall, 160 pounds. He wears prescription glasses.
LARGO - Largo commissioners unanimously approved a maximum tax rate July 15 that’s slightly less than last year’s rate.
The rate to be published in the property appraiser’s Truth in Millage, or TRIM, notice mailed out to Largo residents will be 5.19 mills, or $5.19 per $1,000 in taxable property value. Commissioners could decide to further decrease the rate when they approve the final tax rate in September, but it can’t be increased.
The maximum tax rate for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 is only a slight decrease from the current year’s rate of 5.22 mills. But city management analyst Allison Broihier explained that Largo might be one of the sole cities to decrease their tax rate.
LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a July 16 crash involving an agency vehicle that occurred on Ulmerton Road and 113th Street in Largo.
According to the sheriff’s report, forensic specialist Linda Scire was traveling eastbound on Ulmerton Road in an agency issued 2006 Ford Econoline about 11:48 a.m. Wednesday. At the same time, Francis Barrett, 90, of Largo was driving a 1999 Saturn westbound on Ulmerton. Barrett turned left in front of the van, causing the vehicles to collide.
Scire was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Barrett was not injured.
LARGO - Local activist Ernie Bach of Largo is recruiting members to reestablish the Florida Silver Haired Legislature, a senior citizen organization that used to boast chapters throughout the state.
Bach, a former executive director of the organization, has resisted the state nonprofit corporation and is planning a statewide tour to media outlets and senior citizen organizations to spread the word.
The first meeting of the Tampa Bay chapter of the organization will be Monday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m., at Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater.
LARGO - Join Largo’s Recreation Parks and Art Department for a free back-to-school open house Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Highland and Southwest recreation complexes and Largo Community Center.
Visit one facility or all three for back-to-school giveaways, class demonstrations and more. Learn more about Largo recreation membership. Recreation members enjoy access to all recreation facilities and discounted programming for as little at $10 a year.
Highland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Call 518-3016. Southwest Recreation Complex is at 13120 Vonn Road. Call 518-3125. Largo Community Center is at 400 Alt. Keene Road. Call 518-3131.
LARGO - Detectives with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Crimes Against Children Unit arrested a 22-year-old July 15 for lewd and lascivious battery on a 14-year-old female.
According to the sheriff’s report, detectives began their investigation June 11 after the victim told her mother that she had engaged in sexual activity with the suspect on or around May 1 at an undisclosed location in the Oldsmar area. The suspect and victim were known to each other, detectives said.
The suspect was identified Matthew A. Lopez of Largo. Detectives met with Lopez on July 15 and he reportedly admitted to the allegations. Lopez was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Bond was set at $10,000.
LARGO - A 20-year-old stabbed and killed his brother during a dispute Monday morning at their Largo home, according to a report from Largo police.
Officers responded to an apartment on South Pines Drive about 8:18 a.m. July 14 on a report about a fight between brothers.
Police say that Matthew Cisco, 20, and his brother, Christopher Cisco, 26, got into a verbal argument in the living room of the apartment, which they shared. The dispute turned physical and the two wrestled onto a loveseat.
LARGO - The Tutterow Dance Academy, based in Largo, sent 56 company dancers to Savannah, Georgia to compete in the Encore Dance Competition Nationals June 21-25.
Competing against 45 studios from across the United States, dancers in the petites, juniors, teens and seniors categories received high gold, platinum and diamond awards. Tutterow’s teen solo, senior small groups, senior large groups, junior and senior production also placed first in the overall high score of their categories.
LARGO - After months of wrangling on the issue, the city of Largo is close to a consensus with the county on the hotly contended agreement for EMS funding.
“It’s a 180 degrees from where we started. We are definitely more pleased,” said Fire Chief Shelby Willis July 8.
Willis had said that the city was set to lose $9 million in EMS funds over the next 10 years if they had accepted the budget cuts included in the county’s proposed contract. When Pinellas County administrators would not negotiate for more funding, Largo passed a resolution April 15 to initiate governmental conflict resolution procedures.
LARGO - The city of Largo has published a proposed budget of almost $131.5 million for the 2015 fiscal year as of July 1.
The budget is available for review at Largo City Hall or can be downloaded from the city’s website at www.largo.com. Use the link bit.ly/Lrgbudget to find the “Budget & CIP” page.
The city’s finance advisory board began reviewing the budget July 7. They will meet three more times to discuss the budget, on Mondays, July 14, 21 and 28, 6 p.m., in the community room of City Hall, 201 Highland Ave. The meetings are open to the public.
Financial aid workshop ST. PETERSBURG – The Eckerd College Program for Experienced Learners plans a workshop Wednesday, July 23 that includes a presentation on how adults looking to finish their college degree can finance for their return to school.
The free workshop will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Franklin Templeton Building, Room 209, at Eckerd College, 4200 54th St. S.
College staff will cover the financial aid process and how it can be different from the process for traditional undergraduate students. Other topics will include common mistakes made while completing the process and the different types of federal assistance resources available for adult students.
The Program for Experienced Learners gives busy adults the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in a classroom-learning environment. Small class sizes and high-quality faculty create a premium college experience, along with the opportunity to network with other professionals.
Students can take classes at PEL’s St. Petersburg or Tampa locations.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email email@example.com.
Community memorial service SEMINOLE – A community memorial service will be presented Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m., at Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Blvd.
Chapel on the Hill will join with Suncoast Hospice to host this service. The service is open to any and all bereaved members of the community and is not grounded to a particular faith. Anyone who has lost a loved one with Suncoast Hospice is invited to attend.
The service will last about 45 minutes and consist of music, inspirational readings, a reflection on a theme and a “reading of names” of those who have died and are being remembered.
Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. Those interested in attending are asked to call the church office at 391-2919 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garden Help Desk ST. PETERSBURG – The Weedon Island Lawn and Garden Help Desk will be offered Friday, July 11; and Thursdays, July 17 and 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve,
1800 Weedon Drive NE.
Aspiring and master gardeners alike can come and get solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn, and landscape care. The help desk is free.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
Learn at Lunch forum:The Affordable Care Act and You SOUTH PASADENA – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans a Learn at Lunch forum titled “The Affordable Care Act and You” Thursday, July 24, 11:30 a.m., at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 1255 Pasadena Ave.
Health Markets Insurance Agency will facilitate the program.
The cost is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers.
To reserve a seat, call Jennifer McKenney at 360-6957.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
Connections @ Park Station
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m.
Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.