LARGO - The owners of The Haus Coffee Shop have declared their mission to create community right in the name.
“Haus” is German for “home,” and a homey, comfortable atmosphere is just what co-owners Rhonda Reed and her son Michael Defelice are trying to create in the décor of the new Largo business and how they treat each customer.
“People come here and they say they feel like they’re in their second home. They don’t feel rushed. They don’t feel like they need to leave, so next person can get the table,” Reed said.
ST. PETERSBURG - Boys & Girls Clubs of The Suncoast hosted its annual Youth of the Year Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Feb. 16, at the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg.
Kassindjaa Montague from the Ridgecrest Boys & Girls Club in Largo was selected as this year’s Youth of the Year recipient from a pool of six other club members in Pinellas County. She will represent Boys & Girls Clubs of The Suncoast in statewide competition.
LARGO - Renewed Faith Full Gospel Church has a new home at 11000 110th Ave., Largo.
RFFGC, founded by Roger and Sandy Sparks, has been in the community since January 2010. The group’s first service took place in the Largo Community Center on West Bay Drive. They later moved to the new community center, holding services in various rooms, including the ballroom where they would volunteer to serve meals at many of the community center functions. Several members also volunteered time several days during the week in the office.
More recently, the RFFGC was at the Plaza Centre on Seminole Boulevard. The group realized it had outgrown the room there about a year agoe.
LARGO - The city of Largo will begin working with developers to bring two new projects to the West Bay Drive downtown area: a three-story market-rate apartment complex on Ridge Road and a mixed-use, five-story complex on West Bay Drive.
“This is a good day for West Bay Drive,” said Economic Development Manager Teresa Brydon during the commission meeting Feb. 17. “We’re very excited.”
Largo commissioners, acting as the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, approved a purchase price for the property at 158 Ridge Road N. and a sales agreement for the 500 block of West Bay Drive. Both properties are currently owned by the city. Staff now will begin negotiating the terms for development with the respective purchasers before both sales are finalized.
LARGO - The city of Largo will be hosting a series of community conversations to help its leaders better understand the type of city that residents want to live in.
The time will be focused on listening to residents. Each 90-minute conversation is a chance to hear the community’s aspirations for Largo and what they believe might shape its future.
This is not a typical town hall meeting or a focus group, but rather a set of small group round table conversations with a city representative facilitator and note taker. The groups will include about 8 to 12 participants each.
LARGO - As of Feb. 9, the channel number on Bright House Networks for the city of Largo’s government access television station, LTV, has changed from 615 to 639.
The channel assignment change does not affect programming. Viewers will still be able to watch Largo City Commission meetings, work sessions, Planning Board and Code Enforcement Board meetings, live and in replay, as well as other Largo presentations and public information programs, such as Largo V-News.
LTV can still be viewed on Verizon channel 45 and WOW! channel 15. Additionally, meetings can also be viewed on-demand at Largo.com and many other videos can be viewed on Largo’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/largotv1.
LARGO - The president and founder of a local charity was booked in the Pinellas County Jail Friday on charges of grand theft over $100,000.
After months of investigating, Largo police arrested Shirley Lawyer, 53, of Largo for theft of donations intended for the Down Syndrome Network of Tampa Bay.
Financial records showed that from January 2010 to December 2014, Lawyer received about $111,000 in goods, services and payments, either directly to her, her family or a business she owned/operated at the time, ASAP Signs and Graphics, police report.
LARGO - More racers than ever already are signed up for the city of Largo’s third annual Play! Dirty Adventure Run Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.
The 3-mile race begins at Largo Central Park Nature Preserve, treks through the swamp area adjacent to the preserve, includes mud pits behind the Largo Public Library and more than 20 obstacles for participants to tackle. Families, adventure-seekers and groups looking for a team-building experience will find plenty of crawling, climbing and mud along the way.
CLEARWATER - Four industry leaders gave their predictions for 2015 to the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, based in Largo, during the chamber’s annual breakfast, A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast Jan. 21.
Jenn Holloway, community affairs director of Great 38 TV, moderated the breakfast, at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater.
Beginning the predictions was Susannah Costello, Visit Florida’s vice president of Global Brand, speaking on the tourism outlook for the state.
Non-Trivial Pursuits CLEARWATER – Non-Trivial Pursuits will be presented Monday, March 2, 7 p.m., at Chapel-By-The-Sea, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.
Harry Coverston will present the program “Is America Still a Christian Nation?”
One of the major questions that has arisen in the culture wars of the late 20th and early 21st century is whether or not America is still a Christian nation. This presentation will give an overview of the historical, legal and cultural issues raised by this question.
Non-Trivial Pursuits, a long-standing program at Chapel-By-The-Sea, offers presentations during the fall and winter on various topics scheduled on selected Monday nights. These presentations include religious and non-religious subjects. The community is invited to these free programs. Light refreshments are served.
Reservations are requested so proper arrangements can be made.
For reservations, call 446-0430. Visit www.chapelbythesea.net.
Spring Garden Wreath for Your Door ST. PETERSBURG – The Garden Club of St. Petersburg presents Spring Garden Wreath for Your Door, Monday, March 2, 10 a.m., at 500 Sunset Drive S. in St. Petersburg. This will be a creative crafts program. Cost for materials is $4.50. Call 381-8920 or visit www.gardenclubstpetersburg.org.
Suncoast Conchologists meeting CLEARWATER – The Suncoast Conchologists will meet Tuesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N. Highland Ave.
The group has been an active part of the Clearwater community for 30 years. Anyone interested in seashells and shell collecting is welcome to attend. At the March meeting, the club will host its member shell show.
Members will be competing in five categories including shells in art, 30 shells in 30 inches and self-made art. All who attend will be able to vote for their favorite exhibits.
Turn Back The Hands of Time LARGO – PureLife MediSpa, at 12442 Indian Rocks Road in Largo, presents Turn Back The Hands of Time: TriPollar Skin Tightening Monday, March 2, 4 to 8 p.m.
Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald, medical director, will present live demonstrations and a question-and-answer session about TriPollar Skin Tightening and Body Contouring, the latest in anti-aging technology.
The event will include light refreshments, gift with purchase and special offers on medi-spa treatments. This is a free event. Space is limited. To RSVP, call 595-3400. For more information, visit www.PureLifeMediSpa.com.
Military Order of the World Wars meeting CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars meets for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.
Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and a short program.
Military officers who are retired or are on active duty or former officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. The MOWW also welcomes new members.
To make reservations or to inquire about becoming a member, call George Smith at 786-5578.