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For employees of the city of Largo, the workday typically involves building relationships with the community and residents.

On May 20, about 20 of those employees, including Mayor Woody Brown, went from building bonds to building a home. City staff, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, helped build a house for a local family at 3221 Hillsdale Ave. in Largo.
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LARGO - A pedestrian hasn’t been killed in a Largo car crash since December, and if you ask members of the Largo Police Department, they’ll tell you it’s no accident.

That’s because a state grant has helped the LPD increase its efforts the past several months to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe at some of the city’s most dangerous roadways. The program has led to a 30 percent drop in crashes, according to Sgt. Maxine Starling.
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LARGO - City of Largo Facilities, including City Hall, Largo Public Library, Cultural Center, Community Center, Highland Recreation and Southwest Recreation complexes will be closed Monday, May 30, in honor of Memorial Day.

In addition, there will be no residential trash collection. For residential collections, Monday moves to Tuesday, and Tuesday collections move to Wednesday. For commercial collections, there is no change to the schedule.
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Wednesday, May 18
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Public officials from all over Pinellas County, including Largo Vice Mayor Jamie Robinson, got a small taste of what it takes to be a firefighter May 14 during the seventh annual Fire Operations 101 at the SPC Fire Academy training grounds in Clearwater.

The day gave a glimpse into the life of a first responder by showing participants the smoke, sweat, adrenaline rush and physical stress and strain firefighters face on their daily job, including search-and-rescue scenarios using the Jaws of Life, like the one above, medical situations, entering smoke-filled environments and handling hoselines and thermal imaging equipment.
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LARGO - A recent Tampa Bay Times report highlighting the drain on resources that big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart have on police departments revived a discussion by the City Commission about possible solutions May 17.

Commissioner Samantha Fenger said she recalled during budget talks last year Police Chief Jeffrey Undestad citing Wal-Mart as an example as to why the department needed more money and officers.
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LARGO - The path to completing the long-anticipated Tri-City Plaza at the corner of East Bay Drive and U.S. 19 has run into a 30,000-square-foot roadblock.

While most of the construction has been completed on the set of new stores at the shopping center, Sports Authority, which was slated to be an anchor tenant, probably won’t be moving in.

On March 2, the sporting goods retailer announced it was filing for bankruptcy and closing approximately 140 of its 450 stores.
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Wednesday, May 11
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LARGO - The eagle has landed, and Largo officials hope she brings some new visitors with her.

On May 4, the Friends of the Largo Nature Parks officially unveiled Sarge, the first bald eagle at the Narrows Environmental Education Center at McGough Nature Park.

Sarge, who has a rare feather defect that makes it difficult for her to fly, joins other injured owls and hawks as part of the park’s raptor program.

“We’re thinking the eagle is going to be the main ambassador for us since it’s probably going to be one of the biggest birds we will ever have out there,” Parks Superintendent Greg Brown said. “And it’s a symbol of freedom for the U.S., so we’re excited for her to be able to get out.”
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LARGO - In 2012, city of Largo leaders instituted a moratorium on parks and recreational facility impact fees in an effort to spur development. The move seemed to have worked as several developers of projects, such as the Gateway North apartment complex, said the lack of fees made it easier to build in Largo.

That moratorium, however, took a step closer to coming to an end after city commissioners May 10 agreed to move to the next phase of an analysis on how to best update the fees according to the latest data.
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LARGO - During its final meeting of the club year, the Largo Woman’s Club thanked the community by giving back.

On May 3, the group donated a vanload of canned and nonperishable foods to RCS. The club also announced who will receive charitable funds raised this year.
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Wednesday, May 4
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LARGO - Harry Barben was serving with the U.S. Army in Germany when the Allied Forces accepted the Nazis’ unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945. But, while the rest of the U.S. was celebrating Victory in Europe Day, Barben and the rest of his company had endured too much hardship to be able to rejoice.

“You were still a rough soldier, and you took it as it comes,” Barben said. “I don’t think we did too much rousin’.”

So, when he came home in 1946 after serving on the front lines in Germany and France, it was more of the same. There was no celebration, no fanfare, no parade in his honor. He didn’t have scores of grateful citizens welcoming him home at the airport. He had performed his duty and he had a back injury to recover from, so life moved on.
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