LARGO - This year was the first time Mayor-elect Woody Brown ran uncontested in his bid for Largo office since deciding to join the commission in 2007.
It also marks Commissioner-elect John Carroll’s first bid for office, but he’s no stranger to leadership in Largo, having retired from the Largo Police Department as police chief after 33 years of service with the department.
Both have claimed their seats without appearing on the ballot after no other candidates stepped up to run against them before the qualifying period ended Aug. 15. Three other seats on the Largo Commission are up for election in November. But before those campaigns kick off in earnest, the Largo Leader sat with Brown and Carroll to talk about their priorities, Largo’s future and what it means to be a leader.
LARGO - Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Citizens’ Academy of Largo, a 10-week program designed to educate residents about the inner workings of their city government.
The academy consists of weekly sessions on Mondays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will tour key facilities, learn about the challenges facing future development, talk with city leaders about current issues and events affecting Largo and interact with city staff at all levels. Citizens’ Academy is a great way to learn about and get involved in your community.
Applications are available at www.largo.com and must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 5.
LARGO - According to the city of Largo’s engineering services division, West Bay Drive is scheduled to reopen to vehicle traffic Tuesday, Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m., following the successful replacement of the railroad crossing.
The road was closed at the tracks, just west of Seminole Boulevard, at 10 a.m. Aug. 22. Beginning that afternoon, CSX construction crews began to remove the existing railroad crossing, city engineer Leland Dicus reported.
LARGO - Largo Police Department’s special operation unit and investigative services worked with Clearwater Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations to conduct a prostitution reverse operation focused on the recovery of human trafficking victims Aug. 21.
Soon after the operation began, law enforcement rescued a 21-year-old mentally handicapped woman who had reportedly been brought to Florida to be sold into prostitution. Two other cases also were discovered and a large amount of intelligence generated during the operation.
Those arrested were: Troy Craig Driskell, 52, charged with human trafficking, deriving proceeds from prostitution and violation of felony probation; Sarah Beth Morris, 35, for solicitation of prostitution and Amy Lynn Kranwinkel for solicitation of prostitution and theft.
LARGO - Two men were shocked by power lines while trimming trees in unincorporated Largo Wednesday afternoon.
According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Lance Russel, 50, of St. Petersburg and Steven Hansen, 32, of Clearwater, employees of Happy Palms Tree Service, were trimming trees at a private residence on Tallowood Drive when the incident occured. Deputies responded to the call about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 20.
Deputies said the two men were on the ground moving a ladder when the ladder hit a power line causing the two men to be shocked.
LARGO - A new weekly produce market will open in Largo Central Park next month. Sunset Market will debut Friday, Sept. 5, 3 to 7 p.m., in parking lot No. 1, at southwest corner of East Bay and Central Park drives.
A ribbon cutting will take place at 2:30 p.m.
Every Friday through May, vendors will offer vegetables, fruits, raw local honey, herbal teas and wild-caught seafood as well as organic body products, essential oils, arts and crafts.
LARGO - The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Council hosted the sixth annual Inspire Awards Luncheon Aug. 12.
Out of the many who were nominated, seven individuals were honored for the difference they make in the community.
Barbara Inman was the first recipient. Inman is now the executive director of Habitat for Humanity Florida, but Robin Macar credited her with bringing Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County out of crisis during her 10 years as its CEO.
Aging Well Center safety day CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road, will host a crime prevention and personal safety day on Saturday, Aug. 30, in collaboration with the Clearwater Police Department.
While the event is targeted toward people age 55 or older, all are encouraged to attend as the information presented applies to everyone.
The free event begins at 10 a.m. and includes speakers from the police department, with a welcome address by former Chief Tony Holloway.
Topics will cover neighborhood crime trends, knowing the difference between burglary and robbery, economic crimes, and pawnshops. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees can visit interactive stations that offer information about common sense prevention tips such as engraving your valuables with a unique identifier, installing floodlights where appropriate and other helpful safety measures.
Digital art class SAFETY HARBOR – A digital art class is set for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. The class will be presented by comic illustrator Krishna Sadasivam and will cover aspects of digital art, how to improve your drawing skills, and discussion of the digital art market.
Sadasivam creates custom comics and illustrations for organizations and magazines and is an advocate for the comic industry as a blogger and author of articles on illustration and sequential arts techniques. His clients include Microsoft, Mashable, Other World Computing, Chai Company, Tau Beta Pi, and EE Times, and his work has been featured on many notable websites, including TechCrunch, Gizmodo and CNET.
Fashions with Flair CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Community Volunteers is hosting its 11th annual Fashions with Flair silent auction and fashion show fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Fort Harrison Hotel, 210 S. Fort Harrison Ave. A gourmet lunch will be served.
Each year, the show features several leading ladies of Tampa Bay on the runway. Some of the models this year include the following:
• Margaret Word Burnside, executive editor of Tampa Bay Magazine
• Cat Coats, wife of former sheriff Jim Coats and co-founder of Beth’s Closet
• Mimi Kintzel, community affairs director for the Church of Scientology in Tampa
• Susan Latvala, Pinellas County Commissioner
• Lauren Collins Medlin, 2014 Ms. Florida
• Cathy O’Brien, program specialist for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
• Kathleen Peters, Florida state representative
• Bahiyyah Sadiki, an educator in the Pinellas County school system for 11 years
• Carolyn Secor, local attorney
• Susan Valdes, Hillsborough County School Board member
Ambria’s of St. Petersburg will provide the clothing for this year’s models.
The silent auction items range from $5 to thousands of dollars, with items including crafts and baked goods to celebrity endorsed goods, children’s items, sports memorabilia, fishing excursions, gift certificates, fine art, gift baskets, and designer jewelry.
CCV is a nonprofit, charitable organization, made up entirely of volunteers and is a community arm of the Church of Scientology.
Regal Cars ECO Center grand opening CLEARWATER – Regal Cars ECO Center, on the corner of Drew Street and Northeast Coachman Road in Clearwater, will host its grand opening Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This hybrid business model, where more than one company operates from the same locations, is the first to offer different types of hybrid transportation.
At the center, shoppers will find an array of factory hybrid cars getting an average of 51 mpg. The selection features many different makes and models.
“Hybrid technology has a long way to go but for now, there’s no better way to get from point A to point B than in a hybrid vehicle,” said owner Garry Wilson in a press release.
For those interested in converting their current vehicle into a hybrid, Barry Hart of Fuel Genie Systems has developed a simple, easy to install hydrogen injection system that has the capability to increase mileage in most cars by 20 to 40 percent on the highway. Don Chamberlain, who handles hybrid bicycles, has the latest models of electric and gasoline assisted power added to the pedals.
The event will feature free hot dogs, Fuel Genie Hybrid demonstrations and music. Attendees also may register to win a free Fuel Genie Hybrid System for their car or truck.
Call 474-5755 or 1-866-209-6682 for more information.
Snake seminar TARPON SPRINGS – A free seminar on snakes will be presented Saturday, Aug. 30, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road.
Snake expert Jim Medenhall will facilitate this reptile identification and safety seminar. Medenhall’s seminar will focus on environmental protection and endangered species. He will also discuss invasive species, the python problem and venom extraction. The program is suitable for all ages. Registration is required.
Art show and fresh market
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
Dinner Church CLEARWATER – Dinner Church will be presented Sundays, Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 5:30 p.m., in Hambley Hall at Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S. Belcher Road.
Everyone is welcome for potluck dinner, relaxing music, DVD topic series and roundtable discussion. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass around. For information, call 531-3200 or visit www.HopeFamily.com.