LARGO - A group of 10 Largo firefighters and police officers underwent an unexpected type of training last week: hoagie-building boot camp.
The team at the new Wawa at 8910 Ulmerton Road showed the city’s finest and bravest how to build their signature sandwiches for a contest to celebrate the opening of the store and gas station Feb. 27.
The resulting competition involved many handfuls of airborne lettuce and tomatoes, flung between the opposing teams as they battled to build 30 hoagies faster than the other. The team of five firefighters claimed the winning trophy, but Wawa donated $1,000 on behalf of both teams for their participation. The police officers named Suncoast Hospice as their charity of choice while the firefighters donated their winnings to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
LARGO - Nate Freeman, president of Network People, was recently recognized as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, after successfully completing an exam in Washington, D.C. and mastering key criteria in the field of information security.
The CISSP certification sets the industry’s gold standard and is globally recognized expertise in the field of information security including architecture, design, management and controls that assure the security of business environments. In addition to passing the six-hour exam, certification requires at least five years of direct experience in the security field.
Freeman exceeds that requirement, having owned and operated Network People since 1996.
LARGO - A 63-year-old woman died in a two-vehicle crash Feb. 27. Her husband was airlifted to the hospital in serious condition, according to Largo police.
Police responded to the scene of the crash, at the intersection of 66th Street and 142nd Avenue North at 5:05 p.m. According to the investigation, a 2003 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by Evan Moyer, 49, of Largo was traveling west on 142nd Avenue. A 1998 Mazda four-door sedan, driven by William Frazier Jr., 65, of Clearwater, was traveling east on the same road. Frazier turned left onto 66th Street in front of the truck and was hit on the passenger side of the Mazda.
LARGO - A Largo man died at a local hospital after he was hit by a truck about 10:57 p.m. Feb. 27 on Seminole Boulevard.
According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Royce W. Mosley, 74, was attempting to cross Seminole Boulevard outside of the painted crosswalk and stepped in front of a 2002 Nissan Frontier driven by Simon Preciado, 50, of St. Pete Beach.
Preciado was traveling northbound on Seminole Boulevard in the center lane south of Walsingham Road.
LARGO - Largo police arrested William Sargent Coffin III Feb. 25 and charged him with first degree murder in the death of 50-year-old Patricia Canon King.
Described as a permanent transient, Coffin met King not long before police found her body at Feb. 6, in her home on 10th Ave. NW., said Largo Police Department spokesman Lt. Paul Amodeo. The day before, she had invited Coffin over after they struck up a conversation near her home.
LARGO - The new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Largo, scheduled to open this spring, is moving closer to completion as associates now begin stocking shelves in preparation for its grand opening.
The approximately 42,000-square-foot store, at 9020 Ulmerton Road, will include a full line of groceries and a small assortment of general merchandise.
“With major construction complete, we’re in the home stretch for our grand opening,” said store manager Shane Dellus. “We’re proud of our new store and look forward to welcoming members of the community to come visit us.”
LARGO - The Largo Police Department will be hosting its 20th Volunteer in Policing, or VIP, Academy starting Thursday, March 13.
The department currently benefits from 50 volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time to help the community. Volunteers perform many different tasks, from helping out with administrative paperwork, to writing parking enforcement citations and directing traffic at crash scenes.
Those interested in becoming a Largo Police Department volunteer or wishing for more information can contact volunteer coordinator Dick Hageman at 587-6739.
Car and Truck Show benefit TREASURE ISLAND – American Legion Post 158 plans its second annual Car and Truck Show benefit Saturday, March 8 on Treasure Island Beach behind Gulf Front Park.
The event will feature about 200 cars and trucks.
To help out with sponsorship or for more information, call Greg Tong at 235-1784.
Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The seventh annual Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest will be Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 200 24th Ave. The festival will feature eco-friendly vendors, art, jewelry, live music, food, beer and wine.
COTI Community Christian School, Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty, CYMplify, Crabby Bills, Tampa Bay Newspapers and Crunchy Mama will sponsor this community event celebrating all things earth friendly.
Lupus support group meeting
LARGO – The Living with Lupus support group meets second Saturdays at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 13255 118th St. N., Largo.
Sponsored by the Lupus Foundation of Florida, this group is a place where attendees can speak freely about the challenges of living with lupus with others who are facing the similar struggles and challenges. Family and friends are welcome.
For information, call 585-7381.
Managing pests in the vegetable garden
ST. PETERSBURG – A program on managing pests in the vegetable garden will be offered Saturday, March 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.
Urban Horticulture agent Theresa Badurek will explain how to manage Florida vegetable gardens in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Attendees will learn about integrated pest management, scouting for garden pests, harmful and beneficial insects and common weeds.
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole will hold its 33rd annual Pancake Day on Saturday, March 8, 7 to 11 a.m., during the city of Seminole’s 46th annual Pow Wow Festival, at the Seminole Recreation Center auditorium, 9100 113th St. N.
Breakfast will include all the pancakes you can eat in two different flavors, a choice of toppings, sausage and beverage (fresh orange juice, coffee or milk).
There will be live entertainment during breakfast. Free books for children of all ages will be distributed.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 5- to 10-years-old. Children 4 and younger eat for free. Tickets can be purchased at First Home Bank in Seminole by contacting Charlene Jasmin 399-5602, or at the door.
Poker night and silent auction
PINELLAS PARK – The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 3451 63rd Ave. N., will host a poker night and silent auction Saturday, March 8, 5 to 11 p.m. Admission is free; $10 per person for the clam/seafood bake.
Funds raised will benefit Alzheimer’s organizations.
Call 527-2896 for more information.
Scrapbookers Anonymous Group meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Scrapbookers Anonymous Group meets second Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at St. Giles Episcopal Church, 8271 52nd St. N.
Attendees will enjoy a “fun day of cropping and sharing,” according to a press release. Everyone is welcome – particularly those who have not been involved in scrapbooking previously. There will be plenty of people sharing information and equipment. Attendees should bring a bag lunch or join the group for a take-out.