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LARGO - After a tally of votes, four businesses can claim the title of “Best of Largo” in the inaugural contest: Once Upon a Child Largo, Island Breeze Soups, PureLife Medi-Spa and Mahajan Medical Center.

The Largo Leader hosted the contest, partnering with the city of Largo in its month-long promotion of Largo-based businesses during Small Business Month and ahead of Small Business Saturday this week. The four winners will be featured in a December issue of the Largo Leader and will receive free space at the Largo Central Park’s Sunset Market.

Once Upon a Child Largo, located in the Largo Mall at 10500 Ulmerton Road, Suite 520, has been named the best retail establishment in Largo. The 16-year-old business has been owned by Ben and Kate Rosa for the last eight years.
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LARGO - It took three years of activism and all three branches of the Florida government, but as of Nov. 20 Jose Godinez-Samperio of Largo is finally a lawyer.

“I feel like it was such a far-fetched dream,” he said, the day after he was sworn into The Florida Bar. “It’s always going to be a lot more meaningful to me.”

Godinez-Samperio was sworn in at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club in Tampa. Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga - whose “reluctantly” concurring opinion explained the unfairness of the state law and gave Godinez-Samperio the leverage he needed to lobby for a new law in the Florida Congress - did the honors.
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LARGO - Largo Public Library will celebrate the opening of its new makerspace, the ideaLAB, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 5 to 7 p.m.

The grand opening will include demos of technologies including 3D printing, robotics and interactive books. Equipment in the ideaLAB includes a Flashforge Creator PRO 3D printer, a LEGO Mindstorms kit, a MacBook Pro with Adobe Creative Cloud and MaKey Makey inventors kits.

Starting Dec. 5, the ideaLAB will host new programs to help customers get started on their own projects like Intro to 3D Printing and Mindstorms Monday. In addition there will be weekly open ideaLAB time to give customers the opportunity to explore, learn and create independently.
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Saturday, November 24
LARGO - Largo police have identified the pedestrian who was hit and killed in a crash on Highland Avenue Nov. 21 as Philip Scott, 80.

Police responded to the crash at 10:16 p.m., in the 1600 block of Highland Avenue. According to reports, Scott was walking in the roadway when a 2002 Ford Expedition, headed north, hit him. Louise Ornduff, 33, of Clearwater was driving the Expedition.

Scott was transported to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased as a result of his injuries.
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Monday, November 19
LARGO - In one of their first acts since the election, the new Largo City Commission voted to delay a request Nov. 18 for a land use change that would allow a new townhouse development on a remnant orange grove along Belleair Road.

The five commissioners in attendance were initially split 3-2 on a proposal to deny the project, without the four votes required for a decision either way. But the developer of the project, Peter Pensa of AVID Group, agreed to negotiate a developer’s agreement with the city as a caveat to the land use change.

The 15 acres at 2493 Belleair Road, near the U.S. 19 overpass that’s under construction, is currently classified as “residential suburban.” This allows a maximum of 43 units. Pensa is requesting a change to “residential low medium,” which would allow him to build up to 154 units.
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Monday, November 19
LARGO - In one of their first acts since the election, the new Largo City Commission voted to delay a request Nov. 18 for a land use change that would allow a new townhouse development on a remnant orange grove along Belleair Road.

The five commissioners in attendance were initially split 3-2 on a proposal to deny the project, without the four votes required for a decision either way. But the developer of the project, Peter Pensa of AVID Group, agreed to negotiate a developer’s agreement with the city as a caveat to the land use change.

The 15 acres at 2493 Belleair Road, near the U.S. 19 overpass that’s under construction, is currently classified as “residential suburban.” This allows a maximum of 43 units. Pensa is requesting a change to “residential low medium,” which would allow him to build up to 154 units.
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LARGO - Trust Business Services recently recognized three individuals for going above and beyond to help others as part of the monthly White Dove Service Awards recognition program at the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce breakfast Nov. 6.

Those recognized for August, September and October are John Orr from Cell Phone Repair at Largo Mall, Dr. Fred Clark III from Bayfront Convenient Care Seminole and Lori Beineke from the Family Dollar store in Largo.
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Tuesday, November 13
LARGO - Largo Police say that a missing and endangered 13-year-old girl is safe. She was found about 5 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

According to the police report, she had no apparent injuries.

Police put out an alert Wednesday night about the girl, who was last seen about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. According to the alert, the girl, who was connsidered a runaway, last was seen in the company of Jercore Jones, 34. Jones is a registered sexual offender and is believed to be a recent transient.
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A registered sex offender connected to a missing 13-year-old was booked into the Pinellas County Jail Thursday morning on two counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the booking report, Largo police arrested Jercore Renards Jones, 34, of Largo at 2:03 a.m.

Largo PD put out an alert Wednesday night about a missing and endangered 13-year-old girl, who was last seen about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Jones’ company.
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Largo Municipal Election
LARGO - The race for seat 5 on the Largo Commission was decided by less than 300 votes, with newcomer Donna Holck winning the seat from longtime incumbent Harriet Crozier.

After polls closed Nov. 4, Holck’s lead remained thin as precincts reported their numbers throughout the evening. With only 4,707 mail-in ballots to be tabulated countywide, the race in Largo remained within 250 votes, with Crozier claiming 10,246 of votes and Holck receiving 10,476.
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• Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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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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Tarpon Springs Market
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Market opens Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continues Saturdays through June 27, 2015, rain or shine.

Due to a scheduling conflict with both the primary and alternate locations, the market will be closed on Nov. 22.

The market will feature ethnic food, imports, crafts and a variety of entertainment. Fresh locally grown organic produce and locally caught seafood also will be offered when in season and available. Parking and admission are free.

The primary location is in the downtown shopping district of Tarpon Springs at the corner of Pinellas Avenue (Alt. U.S. 19) and Tarpon Avenue. The alternate location is Craig Park at South Spring Boulevard and Pineapple Street for those weekends with other events scheduled in the Mother Meres lot.  

Visit www.tarponspringsmarket.com.
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Wildflower Garden Club meeting
TARPON SPRINGS – The Wildflower Garden Club will meet Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 to 11 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road.

The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve will be getting their gardening hands dirty in the preserve’s wildflower garden. Participants should bring garden gloves and a hat. The event is free but registration is required.  

Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.
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• Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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Good News sermon
CLEARWATER – The Rev. Herb Freitag will deliver a sermon titled "Good News" on Sunday, Nov. 30, at the non-denominational Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach. Nov. 30 is the first Sunday in Advent.

The scripture reading will be from Luke 2:8-14. Adrian Ortega, baritone section leader, will sing "The People that Walk in Darkness" from Handel's “Messiah.” Church and youth Sunday school will begin at 10 a.m. Adult Sunday school will begin at 9 a.m.

For information or the coach pick-up schedule and route, call 446-0430. Visit www.chapelbythesea.net.
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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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Music for Mutts
ST. PETERSBURG – Music For Mutts will be presented Sunday, Nov. 30, at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N. The event will feature performances by The Black Honkeys, Stormbringer and the Pat Dolton Gang.

The music will begin at 5:30 p.m. Attendees may come early and enjoy festivities, games and a 50/50 drawing. Advanced tickets are $10. Visit www.ticketfly.com.General admission at the door is $15.

VIP suites also are available. Email Director@canineestates.com.
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United Ostomy support meeting
ST. PETERSBURG – The United Ostomy Associations of America affiliated support group of St. Petersburg will meet Sunday, Nov. 30, 2 p.m., in the auditorium on the ground floor of St. Anthony’s Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other ostomates, discuss problems or talk about experiences they have had as an ostomate. Meetings offer information and education to help ostomates find the tools they need to get back to an active life.

The group meets last Sundays at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Refreshments are served. There is no cost for the meetings. For information, call Bill Schmidt at 657-0998 or Millie Parker at 687-7584.
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• Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
Amazing 3-D Snowflakes
ST. PETERSBURG – Amazing 3-D Snowflakes, a creative crafts program, will be presented Monday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m., at 500 Sunset Drive S.

Garden Club member Cindy Ordes will present the program. Participants should bring scissors and a stapler. Cost of materials is $4.50. Call 381-8920. Visit www.gardenclubstpetersburg.org.
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