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LARGO - Gateway North, the first luxury apartment community built in Largo in about 20 years, celebrated its grand opening Dec. 10.

Residents began moving into the three-story, 342-unit development at 2681 Roosevelt Blvd. last month. The complex includes a lake with a walking trail, a resort-style clubhouse with a water-scaped pool, cabanas, a fitness center, a business center and outdoor grilling and entertainment areas.

It’s a project that has been a long time in coming, explained Anthony Everett, Central Florida director of the Pollack Shores Real Estate Group, during his comments Dec. 10.
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LARGO - A teenage girl came home Dec. 18 to find her parents deceased from what appeared to be gunshot wounds, according to Largo police.

At 2:33 p.m., police received a call about the incident from a utilities worker, whom the girl flagged down after the discovery. Police responded to a residence on Thoroughbred Loop, where they found a male and female dead.

Police later identified the dead as Rochelle Tatrai, 46, and Sean Ray, 46.
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Monday, December 17
LARGO - With the Largo Commission still locked in a 3-3 vote Dec. 16, Carey Blaxberg will be able to build a boat dock off the narrow strip of land that is his only waterfront access.

That is until the case is appealed in a higher court, as Largo officials predicted would be the next step in the drawn-out controversy over the proposed dock at 1655 St. Paul’s Drive.

“I think, one way or another, this is going to land in the Circuit Court,” said Commissioner Curtis Holmes, before the commission tried two more votes to break the tie. “I think at this time it’s almost a moot point.”
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LARGO - The streets of downtown Largo will close for the return of a growing tradition: “An Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade” this Saturday, Dec. 20, starting at 10 a.m.

“It’s just what you would expect from an old-fashioned Christmas parade,” said Mayor Woody Brown, who also was one of the West Bay Drive business representatives organizing the event this year.

So far, about 27 Largo organizations, businesses and city officials will marching in the parade - representing as many as 300 participants. And the list keeps on growing, Brown said.
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LARGO - A little over a year ago, Rocco Antonelli of Largo began to sell two soups at the Hyde Park Village Fresh Market: a pumpkin apple bisque and his now consistent best-seller, Thai chicken soup.

That day - Oct. 6, 2013 - marked Island Breeze Soups first farmer’s market as a new business. Antonelli’s soups, salads and “bites” have exploded in popularity in just over a year, enough to be named Largo’s favorite restaurant in the inaugural “Best of Largo” contest last month.
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LARGO - The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Kiwanians delivered clothing and toiletry items, purchased by the club and by individual members, to Bay Pines VA Center Dec. 11.

These items will be wrapped by VA volunteers and be given to in-patient veterans as Christmas presents.

There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer and help the veterans who served to protect our liberty and freedom, from bringing cards or gifts, reading to patients or even cooking meals for them at the state-of-the-art kitchen in their community room. To find out how you can help, contact Kelley Anderson at the volunteer office at 398-6661, ext. 12641 or kelley.anderson2@va.gov. The volunteer office is located on the ground floor in Bldg. 2 at the Bill Young VA Medical Center.
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LARGO - The Largo Public Library, at 120 Central Park Drive, is celebrating its 100-year anniversary by expanding its online digitization project.

The library is seeking memorabilia to display and vintage photos of the people and places around Largo to scan and preserve in the Pinellas Memory. Items from any decade are welcome. Requested items include photographs, letters, postcards, advertising memorabilia, fliers, pamphlets, posters and event memorabilia.

Items may be donated to the library collection or loaned to the library to be returned after they are scanned.
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LARGO - A Goodwill attended donation center opened Dec. 3 at Indian Rocks Center, 12018 Indian Rocks Road, in Largo.

This storefront donation center, next to Publix, replaces the popular Goodwill donation trailer that was formerly in the shopping center parking lot.

Attendants will gratefully accept donations 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Goodwill welcomes donations of clothing, jewelry, housewares, books, toys, and small electronics. Donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
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Wednesday, December 12
LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accidental shooting at a residence on Topaz Lane in Largo just before midnight Thursday.

According to the sheriff’s report, Tony Roe, 23, of Largo; Dylan Harvey, 19, a transient; and Brianna Harris, 22, of Largo were inside the residence at the time of the shooting. Roe and Harvey were playing with a loaded revolver by rolling the chamber then taking turns pointing the gun at each other. At one point, Harvey pointed the gun at Roe and the gun discharged.

Roe was shot in the chest and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.
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Tuesday, December 11
LARGO - Largo police are investigating an allegation that an adult chased a 10-year-old student as she was riding her bicycle to school about 7:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8.

Police received a call about the incident about 4:55 p.m. According to the police report, the “allegation” is that as the student came to the intersection of 10th Avenue Northwest and Clearwater-Largo Road, a dirty red pickup truck with large tired pulled up in front of her at the intersection, causing her to stop.

A thin white male, about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, age 20 to 30, wearing a baseball cap and brown or green jacket got out of the truck and approached the student. As he drew near, she got off her bicycle and swung her backpack at the man before running away. The man did not say anything, but allegedly reached toward the girl, but never made contact.
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• Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Countryside Library book club meeting
CLEARWATER – The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, is continuing its popular book club that meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Titles for the monthly sessions are as follows:

• Feb. 20 – The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott

• March 20 – Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

• April 17 – The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian

• May 15 – Still Foolin‘ ’Em, by Billy Crystal

• June 19 – The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, by Naomi Ragen

• July 17 – My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor

• Aug. 21 – Breakfast at Sally’s, by Richard Le Mieux

• Sept. 18 – Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosam

• Oct. 16 – The Story of Beautiful Girl, by Rachel Simon

• Nov. 20 – Luna, by Julie Anne Peters

• Dec. 18 – My Life with Charlie Brown, by Charles Shultz  

Call 562-4970 or visit www.myclearwater.com /cpl.
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Gaming Club
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The Seminole Recreation Division now offers an adult Gaming Club that meets the third Thursday of every month, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.  

This group is open to individuals 16 and older. Various board and card games will be available. This program is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.  

Call 391-8345 for more information.
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Garden tours
LARGO – Vegetable, herb and tropical fruit garden tours will be offered Thursday, Dec. 18, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road.

Participants will explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas in the Botanical Gardens and learn about growing their own food. Tours are free and limited to groups of four to 16 people.

Tours are recommended for adults only. Registration is required. Call 582-2100 or visit tinyurl.com /p9rxa6d.  
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Historical Society meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd. Refreshments will be available. Call 541-6206 for more information.
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Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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Indian Rocks Beach Library story time
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Story time resumes again at the Indian Rocks Beach Library. The program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Children of all ages are invited.
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.
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Treasure Islettes bingo games
TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Islettes conduct bingo games every Thursday evening at the Treasure Island Community Center on 106th Avenue.

Early bird games begin at 6:45 p.m. and regular games at 7:45 p.m. The games benefit fundraising efforts for local scholarships.

Amenities include a snack bar, free coffee and cash prizes. No alcohol is allowed and persons under 18 will not be admitted.
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• Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave.

The cost is $3 and $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.

Call 734-0757  
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Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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