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Lady, a 1-year-old cocker spaniel who lives with her owners in Largo, jumps to catch a disc at the eighth annual Pawfest in Largo Central Park April 5. The event is the main fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas.
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LARGO - Six Largo residents was in a year-old investigation targeting the Young Souljas street gang, according to Largo police.

The investigation began January 2013, in response to growing concerns of violence and drug trafficking associated with the Young Souljas. The investigation focused on the senior members of the organization, Largo police reported.
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Wednesday, April 9
LARGO - After reviewing a favorable audit of the previous year’s finances April 8, Largo commissioners discussed the city’s major projects proposed for the next five years, projected to cost almost $130 million.

The projects include things like an upgrade to the city website but also delineates plans for the city to replace and maintain its infrastructure. Assistant City Manager Mike Staffopoulos explained that the city had begun to take a “holistic approach” to replacing and renovating its buildings, roads and utility structures.

“In the past, most of the time, we’ve done this on a reactive-type basis; we’ve waited until we see a problem emerge and we go out and we fix that problem,” he said.
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LARGO - G. David Howard is not your typical comedian. The author of a recently published political memoir has been telling jokes for a living for more than four decades.

He was recognized in the Guinness World Book of Records for 16 hours of stand-up without so much as a bathroom break.

He started his career in Ohio, of all places, before comedy clubs were even popular and later was a staple performer in Las Vegas for five years.
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LARGO - Traditions Cabinetry of Largo, a partner of the 2014 Tampa Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home built by Javic Homes, recently announced that the home will be open from April 10 through May 4.

The fully furnished, West Indies style waterfront home is located in the Beach Park neighborhood of South Tampa. The home will be open to the public Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with proceeds from admission benefitting two nonprofit partners, Operation Finally Home and All Children’s Hospital.

The four-week event at the Showcase Home will feature themed weekends including Southern Hospitality Week with Southern Living giveaways, Military Appreciation Week featuring discounted admission to all active and retired military, and All Children’s Hospital Week during which a truck courtesy of Daniels Chevrolet will be on site and filled with toys for the kids of All Children’s Hospital.
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Wednesday, April 2
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LARGO - The Largo Commission took the first step April 1 toward suing the county to obtain more EMS funding, rejecting its system-wide proposal, referred to as CARES 2.

Commissioners - minus Mayor Pat Gerard, who was absent - directed staff to draft a resolution “to initiate the conflict resolution process in accordance with chapter 164,” the state law that dictates mediation between governmental entities prior to litigation. The resolution makes Largo the first to make an official move in response to the county’s proposed Advance Life Support Contract.
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LARGO - The fate of the Missing Links Driving Range is uncertain. As of April 1, the front 2.4 acres of the property has been relabeled a “commercial general” future land use, a change that representatives of RaceTrac requested in order to build a gas station and convenience store along East Bay Drive.

More than 1,500 customers and employees of the facility signed petitions against closing the facility. The miniature golf course, the golf school, pro golfing shop, batting cages and ice cream store made Missing Links too unique to replace with a gas station, protesters argued.
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Monday, March 31
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LARGO - After a yearlong undercover operation investigating illegal drug and EBT card sales at Sunshine Food Mart, Largo Special Operations detectives arrested three associates March 28 at the gas station and convenience store at 1595 Seminole Blvd.

Largo Police Department received multiple tips about the sale of narcotics and trafficking of Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, cards at the business, which also is called SuperAM.

During their investigation, detectives reportedly learned customers needed a password or be known personally by management to purchase drugs or sell EBT benefits to the operators of the business. Police were able to gain the trust of the suspects and began buying Spice and other synthetic cannabinoids in the second half of 2013.
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• Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Boy Scouts Troop 10 meeting
DUNEDIN – Boy Scouts Troop 10 meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., between September through June at 927 Louden Ave. Call Peggy Ross at 641-5074.
Chess Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chess Club meets Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. Everyone is welcome, though they should know the basics of how to play. Chess sets will be provided and there is no charge to play. Call Alan Bohrer at 748-2522 for more information.
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Largo Toastmasters meeting
LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meets Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo. For more information, call John Rouisse at 488-8010 or email johnrouisse@yahoo.com.

The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas. A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
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Suncoast Quilting Circle
ST. PETERSBURG – The Suncoast Quilting Circle will meet Wednesday, April 16, 10 a.m., in Heritage Hall, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 6315 Central Ave. The event is open to the public. For information, call 821-1324.  

Patricia Knoechel, sister of Eleanor Burns of Quilt in a Day, will give a sneak preview of the new book, “Mystery Quilt,” arriving in the spring of 2014. She will share lots of patterns, such as the new honeycomb, Christmas tree and wreath, nouveau wedding ring, chimneys and cornerstones. Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase patterns and Quilt in a Day products after the program.
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Tinnitus Support Group meeting
LARGO – The Tinnitus Support Group will meet Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Jenkins Room C, at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The group is led by Sal Gentile and Dr. Patricia Harrington, a tinnitus specialist. For information, email Gentile at salgent13@gmail.com.
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Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and  non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email tslibrary@pplc.us.
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• Thursday, April 17, 2014
Coffee with a Cop
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Police Department will kick off its new program, Coffee with a Cop, Thursday, April 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at Starbucks, 7350 U.S. 19 N. This is a great opportunity to come meet and speak with a local police officer. Call 244-1715 for more information.
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Daisy Grant Fashion Show and Luncheon
CLEARWATER – The GFWC/Clearwater Woman’s club will host its 43rd annual Daisy Grant Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, April 17, at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.  

Bobbi Tafelski, manager of the Northwood Plaza store, will comment on fashions by Patchington. Models are members of the club and also feature Margaret Wood Burnside, editor of the Tampa Bay Magazine. The theme is “Casual Elegance” and was introduced by Coco Chanel when she created “the little black dress” and started a fashion revolution by liberating women from the corset.  

The Daisy fundraiser awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the Clearwater community, including Clothes to Kids, Meals on Wheels, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Clearwater Library System, and many others. Gift baskets will be offered through raffle tickets.

Event tickets are $45 or $55 for patrons and include a listing in the program. Make reservations by April 10 by calling 726-6410.
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Dining in the Dark
ST. PETERSBURG – The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national nonprofit focused on sight-saving research, will open guests’ eyes to the challenges of the visually impaired at its fifth annual Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg Dining in the Dark on Thursday, April 17, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg.  

To recognize their philanthropic and professional accomplishments in the Tampa Bay community, the foundation will present its Visionary Award to Joyce and Walter Larson, philanthropist and founder of Larson Communities, and to Judy Genshaft, University of South Florida president.  

Serving as master of ceremonies again this year will be Dick Crippen, sports personality and Tampa Bay Rays senior adviser.  

Dining in the Dark is a distinctive sensory awareness experience in which guests participate in an unforgettable dining adventure, in complete darkness.

To get a glimpse into the lives of the blind, diners will wear special light-blocking blindfolds and enjoy their entrée using only their heightened senses of smell, sound, taste and touch.

The one-of-a-kind event will benefit the foundation’s cutting-edge research into preventions, treatments and cures for vision-robbing retinal degenerative diseases like macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome and related conditions.  

Individual tickets are $150 each and sponsor packages begin at $1,000. For ticket and sponsorship information, call Kimberly Marlow at 954-496-0776 or email KMarlow@FightBlidness.org.  
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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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